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Summer’s End at Louisbourg

On September 19, 2018 the staff at Fortress Louisbourg hosted our volunteer review. The stories told, comments made, suggestions and questions were animated and filled with the excitement of the summer and the hopes for next summer. Troy Allen, Product Development Officer, thanked us sincerely for bringing the past into the present; he said that it was such an asset having the congregation of the 18th century present today at the Fortress.

The volunteers talked about being energized by the history, the wonderful response of the visitors, the curiosity of the children, the welcoming staff and their own personal growth and learning over the summer.

Following a pizza lunch we drove out of the Fortress past the majestic ocean with waves delighting in the final winds of Hurricane Florence as she brushed against our shores.

Connie MacIsaac, CND with all volunteers

The Wellness and Health Resource Team met at the mother house this week. We enjoyed lively discussion and abundant sharing on the materials and questions we received from sisters.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND with members of the WHRT

Associate co-coordinators were also meeting at the Motherhouse this week …

Fall Gathering of associates and sisters: The Fall Gathering of associates and sisters took place at our cottage on Howe Island from September 14-16, 2018. Sister Eleanor McCloskey, CND was the facilitator for the weekend. The theme was “Fired up with Hope and Joy.” We were invited to share our flames and flickers after pondering some pertinent questions:

  • What is your fire?
  • What feeds your fire?
  • How do you share your fire with others?

We were reminded of the importance of collaboration and relationships, that everything is connected and everything is holy.

Friar Ed Debono, OFM led our liturgy on Saturday and invited us to participate in a shared homily. The gathering closed on Sunday with a Town hall sharing of ways to live the experiences of this faith filled and hope filled weekend.

Barbara Prior, CND and Margaret Walsh, CND


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