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Conversations of the Heart: Charlottetown

Our group met on Sunday, November 18th; enjoying, as always, the warm hospitality provided by Sister Sue Kidd. We began with the Prayer for Internationality by lighting a candle as we prayed for each country, and using as a centerpiece the flags of each country. This was followed by the continuation of our sharing personal stories which we had begun earlier in the fall. We continued to be moved by the sometimes sad but, most of all, courageous, interesting and funny stories of our CND journeys from "then until now." We hope to finish these stories at our next gathering and if our memories serve us well, hope to continue to have an appreciation and respect for one another's backgrounds and contributions to Congregation de Notre-Dame life and mission.

Anne T. Gillis, CND

Former Holy Angels

As most of you know, Holy Angels Convent in Sydney was sold in 2013 to New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation. New Dawn is a private, volunteer-directed business dedicated to community building. The former convent is presently being transformed into a hub for arts and culture. Renovations are well underway.

St. Joseph Convent, Mabou: On Wednesday, November 14th despite inclement weather in its many forms the Sisters and friends of St. Joseph Convent gathered to celebrate the Eucharist presided over by Bishop Brian Dunn and priests of the Inverness Deanery. Sister Rebecca McKenna, our Province Leader welcomed all present leaving us with sentiments to bring to the celebration. The supportive presence of Sisters Eileen McQuaid, Maureen MacIsaac and Catherine Walker from Visitation Province Leadership Team was also appreciated. Several members of the Parish Community took part in the liturgy during which Bishop Dunn gave us a fitting homily and at the liturgy’s close led us in the ritual of Secularization of the Convent Chapel. With mixed emotions that the presence of the Sisters in Mabou for over one hundred thirty-one years is coming to an end and that a new beginning led by Rodney MacDonald and the Gaelic College Foundation is about to take place all proceeded to the cafeteria for a traditional cup of tea and light lunch. On Sunday, November 18th the CWL catered to a homey gathering in the Parish Hall where parishioners gathered to express sentiments of gratitude and best wishes to Sisters Coline Chisholm, Isabel MacLellan and Catherine MacEachern for a happy retirement.

For all that has been thanks!

For all that will be YES!


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