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Break the Silence… Stop the Violence

On December 5, Norma Gallant, CND, accompanied by 2 West Kootenay Associates, Tammy Fox and Maureen Wiley, helped to host a vigil at a local coffee shop commemorating the horrific massacre of women in Montreal at the School of Engineering at École Polytechnique in 1989. Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame have been participating in this annual event since it first began locally 14 years ago. The vigil was opened with a welcoming meditation by a First Nations representative and it was closed by a member of the local RCMP. Respectful remembrance was given to each of the young women killed, as well as all victims of violence. Statistics say that a woman is murdered by her partner every 2.5 days in Canada and that, of every 5 homicides, 4 will be women victims.

What can we do? Concrete actions below include something each of us can do:

  • Listen to women and believe them
  • Heal the violence in your own life
  • Break the silence
  • Make violence your business
  • Raise non-violent children
  • Use your time, energy and money to promote women’s equality
  • Speak out against negative media images
  • Help girls protect themselves
  • Encourage people who commit violence to get help

Equality, mutuality, trust and respect between men and women is the key to ending violence against women.

Maureen Wiley, Associate

Human Rights Day was December 10 

Every day gives opportunity to recognize and validate human rights. The theme for 2019 is Youth Standing Up for Human Rights. Participation in public life is a fundamental principle of human rights. Young people today find ways to participate in decisions that have a direct and indirect impact upon their wellbeing. They need to be heard. Young people bring fresh ideas and untried solutions to problems in society. The more aware young people are of their rights, the more they will claim and uphold rights for all of us. We find youth all over the world standing up for rights and showing strength against racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination; and calling for climate change. As educators, let’s support them any way we can.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Special Collation at Résidence Bon Secours

In the afternoon of December 12th, the staff and sisters of Bon Secours Residence were invited to a special collation for the Christmas season at which time the sisters could express their gratitude to the staff for their untiring work throughout the year. The sisters of Mary of Peace attended and enjoyed the refreshments as well as the opportunity to meet individual staff members. Sr. Patricia Landry made it her special mission to call some staff members over to the table to thank them on behalf of all the sisters. A good time was had by all!

Donna Kelly, CND

Kingston celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

On Monday evening, St. Mary’s Cathedral resounded with joy as the people of the Archdiocese joined in the Eucharistic celebration in honour of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the patronal feast of the Archdiocese. This celebration also honoured the 400th Anniversary of the birth of Marguerite Bourgeoys. Before the Mass, the St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School Special Events Choir sang their song ‘St. Marguerite We Love You’ composed by Sister Eleanor Monahan. During the Mass, the first reading was proclaimed in French by Sr. Pat Arsenault, and the second reading by Carmel Foster, CND Associate. Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters and Associates took part in the Offertory procession along with a teacher and student from St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School, and a student from Regiopolis Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School.

In his homily, Archbishop Michael Mulhall compared Mary’s call with that of Marguerite Bourgeoys’ call and charism and that of all Christians to be Christ bearers. All who attended were happy to celebrate together the patronal feast of the Archdiocese and the anniversary of St. Marguerite’s birth.

Eleanor Monahan, CND

Festive time at the Health Care Centre

A lovely afternoon was spent singing carols around the Christmas tree with a few sisters at the CND Health Center in Sydney. We were very fortunate to have Sr. Anne Maureen Cleary lead us in song.

Arlene Rutledge, Coordinator



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