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“Transforming love - Written in every heart”.

Visitation Province

It is with great joy that we share with you plans for the 40th Anniversary of Associate Relationship and its theme, “Transforming love - Written in every heart”.

The Congrégation de Notre-Dame welcomed its first Associate from French Canada in December 1981, English Canada followed in January 1982 and the United States in March of 1982. We will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Associate Relationship, from December 2021 to November 2022, with prayer, gatherings and social justice action. The 40th Anni- versary Committee, consisting of Camilla Vautour (Province Marguerite-Bourgeoys), Karen Volpe (Visitation Province), Ellen Lynch (Blessed Sacrament Province) and Anna Rowley, have been busy planning since September 2020. Two speakers will share their reflections on Associate Relationship. These will be held on Zoom in the language of the speaker.

Videos in the other languages will then be created using subtitles or voice-over so we may all share in the wisdom being offered. Sister Joan Mahoney, Blessed Sacrament Province Coordinator of Associate Relationship from 2010 to 2020, is our first speaker on Wednes- day December 1, 2021 in English. France Therrien-Signori, associate Marguerite Bourge- oys Province, and Assistant to the Director of the Central Office of Associate Relationship from 2002 to 2009, is our second speaker on Sunday May 1, 2022 in French. There will be a 40th Anniversary bulletin every two months beginning in December 2021. We will share anniversary messages from former Congregational Leaders, testimonials from new or recent associates and infor- mation about the Provinces and Regions. We are grateful to Marjorie Allison-Ross, Visitation Province, who generously agreed to do the layouts for our bulletins. We thank the Sisters and Associates who have an- swered the call to assist with our 40th Anniversary celebrations. Theresa and I have been considering activities for our East region and we will share this with our Associates soon.

 

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