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Minstrels of Hope at Montreal’s Place des Arts

On October 1, the Congregation of Notre Dame, as a principle donator to and supporter of the Roncalli Foundation, was invited to attend its 35th anniversary celebratory event held at La 5e Salle of Place des Arts. After enjoying a festive welcome-aperitif, the guests were invited to make their way to the performance hall. As guest performers, the foundation had invited a choir group of ten young women from the Philippines known as the Minstrels of Hope, currently touring to promote their new Time to Shine album. The Congrégation de Notre-Dame sisters in attendance were especially proud of these women; in four years, the Congregation mother house has welcomed them twice and, when in Montreal, has become one of their homes away from home.

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Suggestions for Integrating Laudato Si'

Gratitude For The Work Of Loving The World

United in loving the world, what simple gifts are we grateful for this Thanksgiving? Wishing us all JOY in our interconnectedness! 

“For the ground on which I stand — whether it’s the kind that grows greenery or the kind in which my soul can take root. 

For the people who’ve supported me — from those who know me well and love me nonetheless to strangers who offered help in a moment of need. 

For the natural world, which really does make things pretty — a beauty to which I often turn for solace, healing, inspiration, and peace. 

The only way to keep a gift alive is to pass it along. So on Thanksgiving Day this year — in a world where so many have been deprived of so much — Let us give thanks by finding more ways to share the abundance we have been given." 

(Borrowed from and inspired by the reflections of Parker Palmer) 

Happy Thanksgiving! 



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