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Some News from the Canadian Vocations Committee of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame

On Saturday, May 28, the Canadian Vocations Committee of the Congreégation de Notre-Dame came together to continue its mission to foster vocations and reflect together on what promotes vocations.

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Walk For Our Lives protest in Newtown, CT

I was blessed to participate in the Walk For Our Lives protest in Newtown, CT the city where the Sandy Hook School shooting took place.

This sign spoke to me, one of many that were carried by over 400 people young and old. The sneakers were the ones worn everyday by a child killed in a school shooting and they were used to ID this child after the shooting. “IMAGINE”

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News from Visitation Province

CND Visitation Province Associate Relationship celebrates 40 years (1982-2022)

In celebration of these 40 years a Benediction Service will be held Thursday, August 25th, 2022 at 11 am. All Sisters and Associates are invited to this celebration at the Fortress of Louisbourg, Louisbourg, Cape Breton, N.S.

We hope to celebrate this special Anniversary with you this summer.

Theresa Ann MacNeil and Dianne MacAskill, area co-coordinators

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News from Visitation Province

Associates meeting in Woodstock, NB

On Tuesday, June 21, a group of Woodstock Associates met at the Parish Hall. I accepted their invitation to come from Fredericton to join them. Marjorie led a prayer-time; we sang Let Us Hurry and read from the Visitation Circular. We had a short reflection on questions provided and closed with praying Janet Malone’s Encircle Us. A lively discussion on the Forty Social Justice Actions followed and several suggestions were proposed. It was a memorable National Indigenous People’s Day.

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General Conference - Communication 2 - June 18, 2022

We began the General Conference with a beautiful word of welcome from Sister Ona Bessette who reminded us that we are made, created for goodness, that we are gathered together to raise up and carry forward a commitment to promote unity, diversity, internationality, etc.

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General Conference - Communication 1 - June 17, 2022

After two years of pandemic and virtual meetings, we are all back at the Mother House, gathered near the heart of Marguerite Bourgeoys. The opening prayer prepared by Sister Ona Bessette, leader of the Congregation, marks the beginning of this international meeting. The meditation on The Synodal Journey: A Call to Listening, Dialoguing and Discerning Together allows me to dwell a little on each verb.

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June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day

Thank you for making this essential journey

on the path of healing and reconciliation

Let us walk together

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News from Visitation Province

From British Columbia: The Okanagan associates gathered in Kelowna to celebrate Visitation. We have been studying Listening to Indigenous Voices and spent the day together studying and praying together before renewing our commitments. We also had a number of milestones to celebrate that were missed because of COVID. Kathleen, Carol and Sr. Nancy all celebrated 80th birthdays, Rick and Ellen celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss and both Lorne and Maria turned 70.

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News from Visitation Province

Libby Osgood, CND. will be renewing her temporary vows on July 21st, 2022. We rejoice with Libby and promise her our prayerful support as she continues to deepen her commitment to God within the Congrégation de Notre-Dame.

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Fire at the Mother House in June 1893

For the third time since its establishment, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame experienced a fire at the main house on June 8, 1893.

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News from Visitation Province

May 31, Feast of the Visitation in Kingston: Sisters and associates gathered at St. Joseph Church Hall with special guests Sisters Becky McKenna, Visitation Province Leader, and Karen Kelly, Councillor for Visitation Province to renew vows and commitments. This was the first Feast of the Visitation gathering in person since 2019. The hall had been decorated with daisy bud vases on each table, Visitation, and CND information plus roses donated by CND Associate Marlene. Conversation was palpable and smiles overflowing with everyone visiting and enjoying one another’s company.

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News from Visitation Province

JPIC (Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation) Core Committee Meeting (ZOOM) was held Monday, May 30.

Members made plans to interview applicants for the coordinator’s position. Interviews will be held during the first week of June.

35 people registered to take part in discussions on Listening to Indigenous Voices. Invitations to discussion facilitators will be forthcoming and those who accept will meet in early June. All persons who registered have been contacted and invited to gather later in June. We hope by organizing now we will be ready to begin the study in September.

We continue to work towards being designated a Blue Community. A Zoom meeting will be offered to Sisters and Associates in our Province, with Paul Barnes and Sister Agnes Karges, CSJ, sharing information on becoming a Blue Community.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND, for JPIC Core Committee

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News from Maria Province (Japan)

60th Anniversary Mass for the Profession of Vows

On May 2, a Mass of Thanksgiving commemorating the 60th anniversary of the profession of vows by Sister Kimiko Matsushita, Sister Kyoko Terashima, and Sister Yuriko Anzai was held at Hanazono-cho Convent with the new bishop of the Diocese of Sendai, Edgar Gactan, and Father Charles Emme Bolduc officiating. The celebration was held in a friendly atmosphere, thanks in part to the Bishop's cheerful and friendly personality. Congratulations to the new bishop and his family.

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Back From The Border

During our time at the border in Mexico and Arizona, we truly felt the support of your prayers. We carried you in our hearts each day as we walked in the way of Visitation at the migrant center and attended the cross vigils and the cross planting. The men and women who visited the center received the bounty of your generous contributions. We wish you could have seen the smiles on their faces when they received a new t-shirt or pair of socks. On May 25, we returned home safely. Our hearts are filled with great joy and gratitude for you, our Sisters, Associates, and Candidates, and for your love, support and prayers!

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Congrégation de Notre-Dame Associate Relationship Coordinators’ Corner

We hope that you are doing well as we begin to emerge from this pandemic and find a new “normal” in our lives and for the life of our world. We now realize that there is no going back to how things were pre-pandemic but we all have a part to play in what the future will be like. We would like to share with you several significant things that have happened and are ongoing in Visitation Province since the last issue of Coordinators’ Corner.

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Reflection – Visitation

I was invited to reflect on today’s gospel reading of the Visitation between Mary and Elizabeth.

So in turn, I invite you to reflect with me, but on something that may not be normally associated with the visitation – Elizabeth’s humility.

Her humility is so striking to me…

She says, “And how does this happen to me,

that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”

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Visitation and Daily Life

We asked sisters in formation (candidates, novices or sisters who made temporary vows before final profession) to explain what Visitation means to them, in their daily lives.

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province

Associate News

It was my honor to spend time with Sr. Nancy Roach, CND. For those of you who don’t know Sr. Nancy, she was the one responsible for introducing to the General Council the idea of the Congregation of Notre Dame having an Associate Relationship program. This was in 1979. The Council took the idea under consideration and at the next General Council meeting they agreed to initiate the program. The first associate made First Commitment in December 1981; she was from French Canada.

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Visitation

The gospel that inspires me to live the spirituality of the visitation in my daily live is that of Saint Luke; 1; 26-45. “The angel went to her and said, greetings you are highly favored! The Lord is with you”, “at the time, Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, entered Zachariah’s home and greeted Elisabeth”.

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What does the Visitation mean to me in my daily life?

First, the word “Visitation” has two dimensions, namely to visit oneself and to visit the other (unknown).

To visit oneself: it is this movement that makes contact with the inner self, to be able to master and know oneself, to have a certain knowledge of oneself as much on the spiritual and human level as on the psychological level.

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