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Petition as part of the COP15 (Biodiversity) and COP26 (Climate)

I am writing to invite you to sign the “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” Petition initiated by GCCM. By this, four requests are presented to the leaders who will attend the international environmental meetings this fall. 

This petition pertains to the COP15 on Biodiversity (October 2021). It will bring together the signatory countries of the Convention on Biodiversity. This includes all countries where we operate except for the United States. The petition also concerns the COP26 which will bring together all the signatory countries of the Paris Agreement. All the countries where the CND operates have signed it. 

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ORIENTATION 2021-2026

Rooted in Jesus Christ, in love and compassion and in contemplative dialogue, we, CND sisters and associates, dare to go further to humanize our relationships and to allow ourselves to be transformed.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

This is the 3rd year for our presence at the Fortress of Louisbourg with Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters and Associates informing tourists of Saint Marguerite’s journey. Lorrette Andrews and Dianne MacAskill had a visit from a PEI Mercy Associate Mary MacLean. Mary is also an ARCAN member.

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Get a good cup of tea

September 24th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, celebrated worldwide in a special way by the Sisters of Mercy. Noted for their work among the poor, the Sisters of Mercy were founded by Catherine McAuley in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland. Known as the “walking nuns,” Catherine and her sisters literally picked up the poor off the streets of Dublin at a time of tremendous poverty and abject human misery, especially for women and children. They sheltered, clothed, educated and fed whoever needed care.

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province (USA)

On August 15th, Regina DeVitto celebrated her Golden Jubilee at Our Lady at St. Germain Parish in Oak Lawn, Chicago. The beautiful liturgy was followed by a luncheon hosted by Pastor and long-time friend Fr. Tom Cabala. She is joined here by Kay Powers, Fr. Tom, Darleen Mayo, and Betty Kehoe.

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Sister Joan Curtin Named Vicar for Religious for the Archdiocese of New York

Sister Joan Curtin has been named Vicar for Religious for the Archdiocese of New York. We are grateful that she is willing to let her gifts be used in this way for the service of the Church.

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Election of the New Leadership Team

The Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame who have been gathered by videoconference in General Chapter since July 26, are happy to announce the election of their new leadership team for a five (5) year term.

  • Sister Ona B. Bessette, Congregation Leader
  • Sister Ercilia J. Ferrera Erazo, Councillor, Associate to the Congregation Leader
  • Sister Sophie Mbougoum, Councillor
  • Sister Yoko Ikeda, Councillor
  • Sister Marijke Gerretsen, Councillor

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Election of the New Congregation Leader

The Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame who have been gathered by videoconference in General Chapter since July 26, are happy to announce the election of their new leader for a five (5) year term: Sister Ona B. Bessette, CND. Magnificat!

Everyone Needs Soul Food

Even though there is a constant barrage of reports about a return to in person school, with or without masks, it is still only mid-summer. The pity of rushing through August with thoughts of September would be a waste of thirty one days of summer. On the east coast August is often the best of the summer. The ocean water is a bit less cold, the sun is hot and days are long enough to take advantage of early sunrise strolls on the beach and late walks toward sunsets.

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General Chapter – Communication – July 26, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 General Chapter of the CND! We hope to transmit the vibrant spirit with which the sisters and associates greeted one another and entered into the general chapter together for the life of the world.

Read the full text here.

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TOGETHER for the LIFE of the WORLD

Press Release – for immediate distribution

Montreal, July 6, 2021

The Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame de Montréal will gather virtually in General Chapter this summer, from July 26 to August 14, 2021. The meeting, which was initially set to be held at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, will take place by videoconferencing. The delegates will discuss the major orientations of the Congregation for the next five years as well as elect a new Leadership Team.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Thanks to Monica!

The JPIC (Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation) Core Committee organized a Zoom thank you for Monica Lambton, our coordinator for many years, as she moves on. (Karen Volpe’s skillful assistance is gratefully acknowledged, and we actually succeeded in keeping this event a surprise for Monica!)

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Catholic Media Association Book Award program

The Catholic Media Association congratulates all winners of the 2021 Book Award program. 

The Winner’s List for the 2021 CMA Gabriel Awards was released on Thursday June 10, 2021. 

This program recognizes the outstanding work of publishers, authors, and book editors. These books promote exceptional Catholic material to the public, and their writing support readers in their journey to live a faith-filled life. 

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New Leadership Team – Blessed Sacrament Province

From left to right: Sisters Eileen, Joan, Jackie, Nancy, Mary Anne

Province Leader – Mary Anne Foley

Associate – Jaculyn Hanrahan

Part-time Councillors: Joan Curtin, Nancy Downing, Eileen Good

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Opening of a new mission in Chalatenango

On the day of the celebration of the 401st anniversary of the birth of our beloved St. Marguerite, we lived the common experience of opening a new mission in Chalatenango. A moment full of enthusiasm, a time of faith, and a light of hope in this time of pandemic.

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News from Blessed Sacrament Province (USA)

Feast of the Visitation Celebration May 30, 2021

CND Sisters and Associates in Blessed Sacrament Province gathered on May 30 via zoom to celebrate the Feast of the Visitation. It was a joyful gathering filled with excitement, happiness, and birthday wishes for two Sisters and an Associate! Sisters renewed their vows, and Associates renewed their commitments. Below are excerpts from readings from Pope Francis and Joyce Rupp that were used during personal reflection time and small group sharing. May these excerpts continue to inspire us throughout the coming year to walk in the ways of Visitation!

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Charlottetown Birthday Celebration-100 YEARS YOUNG!

June 10th was a very eventful day for our Sister Sally MacPherson. Her 100th birthday had arrived. It was also special for her sister Magdalene who is a resident here. Her brother George paid a visit in the morning. In the early afternoon, the PEI Sisters gathered in the entrance where Sally met them. She was greeted with a Happy Birthday song and the presentation of a beautiful poster. She was then escorted to the dining room where birthday greetings from Federal, Provincial, Diocesan and Visitation Province leaders were read and all the residents enjoyed cake and ice cream. In the evening, our community gathered, sang songs composed for the occasion, read special greetings from American and Canadian Sisters and enjoyed refreshments and socializing. We thank God for the gift of Sister Sally’s life.

Réjeanne Bourque, CND

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Migration Letter to Bishops

June 17, 2021
 
Dear Cardinal Cabrera López, Archbishop Gómez, Archbishop Gonzalo de Villa y Vásquez, Archbishop Garachana Pérez and Archbishop Escobar Alas,

We are Catholic organizations from the U.S., Mexico, and Central America, working to protect migrants and improve life in the communities they are fleeing. We write to urge you to hear the cries of our brothers and sisters on the move and respond with bold leadership. This summer and fall, we have the best opportunity in a generation to make progress on core Catholic migration priorities. We need your pastoral and moral leadership to meet this moment.

The promise by a new U.S. Administration to address the root causes of migration, treat migrants humanely, and put immigrants who’ve lived in the U.S. for years, and in many cases decades, on a path to citizenship is a unique opportunity to relieve pain and suffering too long endured. This moment requires a whole Church response that is regional, united, and robust. 

 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

How delightful it was to gather together outside on our patio to celebrate a new moment. After a long winter of quarantine and restrictions we happily shared a McDonald’s moment prepared by our co-coordinator, Lina. It was a wonderful moment to share new life and new hope (Yes, fierce hope!) plus a few good laughs.

As we journey into the coming summer months, we continue to carry you all in our heart-thoughts and prayer. A very special remembrance in prayer for our delegates to provincial and congregation chapters. We are prayer partners with you as you continue in all of our names to discern and make decisions ‘for the life of the world.’ Thank you!

Warm summer blessings,

The sisters of Mary of Peace community Résidence Bon-Secours, Montreal

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Vivencias

From the 4th to the 6th of February, the CND community of Guancasco in Santa Bárbara, Cristina Castellanos Berbena, Cruz Idalia Nieto Molina, and Bertha Lilian Barrera Ramírez had an enriching Visitation experience with Sisters Pedrina Barrera and Maria Luisa Hernandez, Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception, María Isabel López Guardado, Missionary Crusader of the Church, Rosa Isela Rodríguez Hernández and Marcela Cundafé Cruz, Capuchin Tertiaries of the Holy Family, two young women who had visited San José de Oriente just after the flood emergency and a young woman from the Youth Pastoral Council.

We visited the neighbourhoods of Gracias a Dios, La Soledad, Los Anises, Río Hondo, and the villages of San José de Oriente and La Huerta (El Zapote).

We would like to share part of our experiences.

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