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On September 24, Sisters Agnes Campbell and Ona Bessette came to Innisfail for their Leadership Team visit. They shared with us their wonderful contemplative reflection. We had great sharing. The following evening, they joined us for our fall parish supper which was a fundraiser for our new church. On the evening of the 26th, we were happy to have the team meet with our associates. After enjoying a delicious meal, the members of the Leadership Team shared their special reflection. All were very inspired by their presentation which broadened our awareness of the whole Congregation de Notre-Dame. We were most grateful for Sisters Agnes and Ona's visit.

Sisters Marie Clarkin and Paula Maher

A Visitation Moment

Sisters Ercilia and Sophie were welcomed into the home of Janet and Maurice in Castlegar, BC. Following their lovely presentation and a time of reflection, the group entered a time of sharing. Conversation was broad and mostly in regard to our Chapter orientations. Prominent also were expressions of great gratitude for this welcomed presence among us, of Congregation de Notre-Dame Sisters from countries outside of Canada and the United States, a first for West & East Kootenay associates. We were eager to hear their stories and we could sense they were just as eager to get to know us too!

When we next celebrate our internationality, we will gratefully remember our Visitation with Sister Sophie when we set down the flag of Cameroon. We will gratefully remember our Visitation with Sister Ercilia when we set down the flag representing Honduras. Thank you both for this wonderful and enriching opportunity.

Maureen Wiley, Trail, BC associate

Season of Creation

In honour of the Season of Creation, the Sisters at Providence Mother House in Kingston watched a beautiful video simply entitled Earth. It is an epic story of adventure, starring some of the most magnificent and courageous creatures on earth! This stunning documentary includes rare footage of nature’s most elusive animals. It depicts in vivid cinematography the effects of climate change on the entire natural world.

Eleanor Monahan, CND

Impressively Free: Henri Nouwen As a Model for a Reformed Priesthood, by Michael Higgins and Kevin Burns. (Novalis: 2019). The authors share, in this book, details of the life and ministry of Henri Nouwen, who loved being a priest and struggled to understand the “servant” vocation, the compassion, deep listening, and constant learning required of a serious priest. The huge influence of Vatican II on priesthood, as well as on the church in general, is addressed with insights that are interesting and possibly new to many readers. Dr. Higgins will be speaking this month in several Maritimes cities. He will be in Fredericton, NB on Saturday, October 19th addressing the topic, “Can the Laity Save the Church: a Modest Proposal.” Drawing on the examples of persons who have had input into building the church we know today, he will be looking to possible new models of pastoral practice and the role of lay people in effecting change.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Note from Sister Kay - "Towards the conclusion of our Summer Assembly, Sister Sue Kidd gave, what I thought to be, a useful over view of the importance of social media. In a recent conversation with Stephanie, Director of Communications at the Mother House, I wondered what I might do to become a little more 'tech savy.' Stephanie suggested that I write a blog. I accepted to do so every two weeks. The first one has appeared. The second one will be written this weekend. Stephanie told me that people are interested in what 'sisters' think - what we are about. We'll see! My blog address is; Stay tuned.

Kay Duffin, CND



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