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January 12 celebration in Visitation Province (Canada)

Celebrating St. Marguerite: Andrews of Charlottetown

On Friday, January 10th, we were happy to welcome all Sisters the Congregation de Notre-Dame in PEI to join with us in celebrating Marguerite’s Feast. We began with the liturgy of the Eucharist made very meaningful and joyful by our celebrant Fr. Bob Coady and our song leader Sister Shelley Grant. This was followed by a delicious steak dinner with all the trimmings. Much to our surprise, each of us found a personal message from Marguerite taken from her writings at our place setting. In the evening, we gathered to pray the much appreciated evening prayer prepared by our Sisters of Blessed Sacrament Province. Later, we ended the day sharing our stories about our journeys inspired by Marguerite’s life and enjoying some refreshments.

Anne T. Gillis, CND

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Perpetual Profession in Maria Province

On January 12, 2020, the sisters of Maria Province celebrated Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys and the beginning of the year marking the 400th anniversary in a very special way with the perpetual vows ceremony of Sister Akiko Usui.

In the presence of Sister Agnes Campbell, Leader of the Congregation, sisters, associates, teachers, friends and parishioners of Tobata, Sister Usui responded “hai” (yes) to the call of God and of Marguerite. Magnificat!

 

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January 12 celebration at the Mother House

On January 12, the sisters of the Mother House Community and the members of the Council celebrated together the Feast of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys. Vespers led by Sister Marie de Lovinfosse were followed by aperitifs and a simple and friendly supper

 

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Seeing the Stranger as a Friend - Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys

Read Sr. Susan Kidd article from the current issue of Living with Christ: Seeing the Stranger as a Friend - Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys

© Novalis/Bayard Presse Canada ‹ Used by permission.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Living Internationality

The Epiphany reminds me of internationality. Jesus manifested himself not only to one race, but to wise men from afar. How proud and grateful we are for the international character of our community! We pray daily for our young members in formation and for those who guide them; and what an opportunity we have to live internationality! Besides Canadians, our staff members are from the Philippines, Nigeria, China, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Kenya and Jamaica. We love them and they love us. They are so eager to help and serve us! They brighten our life! We thank God for the gift of internationality they bring to us. Let us pray for peace and harmony among nations.

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Feast Of St. Marguerite

On January 12, 2020, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish in Brookfield will host a "French” breakfast after the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday Masses to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

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Living Narrative

A bilingual lecture-show (with English – French simultaneous interpretation) in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

Written and presented by Sabrina Di Matteo and directed by Normand Chouinard, LIVING NARRATIVE is a lecture-show with theatrical performances (featuring Denys Chouinard, former archivist at the Congrégation de Notre-Dame) and songs of the period (under the musical direction of Alfred Lagrenade).

 

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

2020 Marks the 400th Anniversary of the Birth of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys

Submitted by Associate Marjorie Allison-Ross

Happy New Year! We are now in the actual anniversary year of the birth of our foundress, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. In Visitation Province, we’ve been celebrating this special occasion since April 17, 2019 so we already have many beautiful memories. I’ve been blessed to walk in Marguerite Bourgeoys’s footsteps in her native Troyes, France in September 2019 during the 400th Anniversary Pilgrimage to Troyes and in her adopted home of Ville-Marie (Montreal) in July 2016 during the 35th Anniversary of Associate Relationship Pilgrimage to Montreal.

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Peace is the Way of Christ

January 1st was the 53rd World Day of Peace in the Catholic Church. Having begun by Pope St. Paul VI in 1967, every Pope since then has continued the tradition of writing a pastoral letter on Peace on this day.

During these years there have been wars and conflicts in the following countries: Eretria, S. Korea, Malaysia, North Ireland, Italy, Philippines, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, The Falklands, Indonesia, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen, Egypt, Bangladesh, India, United Arab Republic, Ethiopia, Chili, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Uganda, Rwanda, Libya, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Panama, Romania, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, Grenada, New Guinea, Senegal, Sudan, South Africa, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Panama, Mali, and Ethiopia. I am sure I have missed some. Almost every other country in the world has been involved in one or more of these conflicts.

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April 17, 2020: 400th anniversary of the birth of Marguerite Bourgeoys

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April 17, 2020: 400th anniversary of the birth of Marguerite Bourgeoys

Montreal, January 3, 2020

In 2020, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame will be celebrating a very special anniversary – the 400th of the birth of Marguerite Bourgeoys, Montreal’s first teacher and the foundress of the Congregation. This celebration of the anniversary year is a way of paying tribute to this pioneer who came to North America to help establish a new society in Ville-Marie in the 17th century, and recognizing that the values she had can still be found in the social fabric of Montreal, as in the eight different countries in which the sisters of the Congregation are present. Four hundred years ago began the great adventure of a brave and compassionate woman who put herself in the service of the people to build a new society.

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