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OTTAWA: We gathered at Serenity Renewal for Families around a beautifully prepared centrepiece that reflected the theme of "Women in Winter" which follows on our "Women in Spring" theme last May. It was a chance for those gathered to reflect, pray and share life experiences around the theme of winter literally and metaphorically in the life of Marguerite Bourgeoys and as experienced in our own lives. This was followed by a light meal and chance to socialize. Kathy Kelly, Associate

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Continue the Struggle against Trafficking, David against Goliath?

Interview with Sister Pierrette Boissé, CND



For nearly ten years you have been the Congrégation de Notre-Dame’s Representative against Human Trafficking.
How did you become involved in this field?


Since the very beginning of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, the orientation toward justice has been at the center of its mission. However, in these last decades, we have committed ourselves to assuming a stance and taking visible action for justice, peace and the integrity of creation. In view of these priorities, I was appointed the Congregation’s Social Justice Coordinator and its representative at UNANIMA International. When my term ended, I continued to be responsible for issues relative to trafficking. It is, undoubtedly, my work with First Nations in British Columbia which led me to become involved to such a degree in this issue. Because I have been able to see firsthand how native women live, I know that they are much more at risk than non-native women of becoming victims of serious violence, murder and of being trapped in trafficking and prostitution rings.

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THE TELEVISED MASS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF HARTFORD was celebrated on January 12th as the Memorial Mass for St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. Weather kept our Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters from being there but the Mass went on and the priest gave a homily on St. Marguerite. Sr. Martha Bowes arranged this. Thank you, Martha.

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