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Welcome to the New Website

When was the last time you visited our Visitation Province website ( Beginning this weekend, our website will have a new look because it is changing to a blog. For those of you who do not know much about the differences, you might not notice, however, you will see that it has a fresh look and is easier to navigate. You already might be familiar with the blog that Sr. Sheila Sullivan has and that Sr. Becky McKenna has for “The Small Plot.” The address for our updated Visitation website will remain the same, so you will not have trouble getting into it. Add it to your favorites or bookmarks, so that you can get in easily.

This site is a great way for your friends and other people outside the Congregation of Notre Dame to get to know the sisters and associates of Visitation Province and the global and local concerns that reflect our charism and commitment to justice. Anyone who visits the site will also be able to request prayers for a special intention. We need your help to keep our site current and meaningful. You can write up your own story and send pictures or have someone from the committee assist you with this. Committee Members are: Connie MacIsaac, Becky McKenna, June Wilkins, Karen Volpe, Congregation of Notre Dame associate, and Donna Kelly.

Donna Kelly, CND 

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Associate Newsletter: Visitation Province West/North, June 2015


Please join us in prayer during the week of the Assembly in Toronto

Prayer for Assembly

O God, ever ancient and ever new,
may your Spirit abide deeply in us.
Pour out on us the graces of
deep listening
expansive imagination
extravagant trust
audacious hope
as you call us forward.
Dwell in us as the source of love
as holy mystery
as creator
as presence
so together we can
transform and be transformed
create and be created
renew and be renewed.
We ask this trusting in the promise
that you will make all things new.
(Rhonda Miska, Adapted)


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Experiencing Community Life

Sisters in West Haven this week said good-by to Alyssa Brelsford, who has been with them in community for five weeks. Alyssa, social worker in Bridgeport, begins graduate studies at Columbia University this summer. During Holy Week in March, Alyssa, following the advice of the diocesan Vocation Director, reached out to religious communities in the area. She was asking to live in and share community life as she transitioned from job to Columbia.

West Haven’s own Sisters Marilyn, Dolores, Catherine and Rita welcomed Alyssa fully. Each evening since mid-May, Alyssa gratefully received their kind and generous interest in her life when she joined them for meals and prayer.

In addition, Alyssa, happy and capable in a kitchen, became the Monday night cook! “Alyssa has been a gift” say Catherine, Marilyn, Rita and Dolores, and so too have the Sisters been a gift in Alyssa’s life, in her journey to understand God’s will for her. Thank you, West HavenJ Your generosity models Marguerite as she heads down to the St. Lawrence to welcome the women of France to offer them trust and shelter.


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