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2022 marks the 90th Anniversary of the Congregation de Notre-Dame’s Arrival in Japan

Invitation to the Mission to Japan

How did the Congregation of Notre Dame proceed with its foreign missions and why was Japan the place of choice?

The first invitation to mission to Japan was given by Fr. E. A. Langlais, President of the Dominican Province of Canada. In September of 1930, he personally visited Montreal to invite the sisters of the Congregation Notre Dame to collaborate in the mission of the fledgling Dominican Order. In September 1930, he personally visited Montreal and asked for the dispatch of the sisters of the Congregation as collaborators in the mission of the fledgling Dominican Order. This request was accepted, and Fr. René Labelle, Superior General of the Congregation of Saint-Sulpice, who was asked for his opinion, expressed his heartfelt support.

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The Joy Of God’s Presence

As Christmas draws near I hear a plea
What is my reaction to these messages?
Where do I find Jesus, Mary, Joseph?
How do I bring them back into my everyday life
and that of others?


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News from Congrégation de Notre-Dame Associates (East Canada)

Sister Maureen Baldwin and Sister Karen Kelly, members of our new Visitation Province Leadership Team, have been appointed liaisons to the Provincial Council for the Associate Co-coordinators.

Maureen, who made profession in 1988, hails originally from Sydney, Cape Breton. Maureen began her teaching career in Fredericton, NB, before moving to Toronto, ON, to become a professor of pastoral theology at Regis College, the Jesuit graduate school at the University of Toronto. Maureen has also been very active in congregational and diocesan committees while working with the homeless and marginalized. Maureen remains in Toronto while she embarks on her new role on the leadership team.

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