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Recently, a group of Congregation of Notre Dame sisters in the Norwalk area joined Sr. Sally Norcross at St Matthew Church, Sally’s parish, for a session of the “Underground Church.” The type of worship offered at these gatherings seems to attract young adults, so we went. I had invited Karen, a young woman (19 years old) from Sisters Pat McCarthy and Rose Mary Sullivan’s parish to join us there. She came with a few of her friends. We share our experiences and theirs because it seems to show the different styles of spirituality between the generations! At one of our General Chapters, the question was asked about Vocation Ministry: “What oceans do we need to cross to reach women who may be called to Religious Life?” I believe that being open to different types of spirituality and prayer may be one of them!! Let us tell you about the evening.

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Peace & Justice News

Sisters and associates, please take note of two major movements towards change in our U.S. criminal justice systems. They are also two of our Province Corporate Stands. First, there is an increasing call for the end of the death penalty across our nation. I invite you to find a way to participate in this movement. I am emailing you a Continuum of Actions for your consideration. It is not exhaustive but it is a beginning. Choose something(s) you can do to hasten the end of the death penalty. If you create your own action, let me know what it is and I’ll offer it as an addition to the Continuum. This is a very promising time to abolish the Death Penalty; let’s not waste it. 

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Blessed Sacrament Associate News

Retreat for Associate Candidates in Hayesville, Nc: On January 27, Sr. Joan Mahoney gave a retreat day at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Hayesville, NC to nine candidates for the Associate Relationship. Prayer, a presentation on “Origins of the Associate Relationship of the Congregation de Notre Dame: Marguerite Bourgeoys Experience and Vision” and a discernment process made for a full day with lively conversations and profound sharing. Sr. Joan also met with each of the candidates and had a gathering with the four associates during her visit. 

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