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Annual Gathering of Sisters and Associates from Visitation Province West

We met at Seton House of Prayer in Kelowna on the last weekend in May. This is our yearly opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones while sharing our passion for all things related to the Congregation de Notre-Dame.

Participants were invited to bring symbols from their home and explain why these particular items are meaningful reminders to them of the person of Marguerite Bourgeoys. This was a special year for our group as we were offered two presentations – one from Sister Eleanor McCloskey, CND, who gave an interesting, in-depth and lively presentation on Marguerite Bourgeoys in celebration of her 400 year anniversary. The second presentation was from our JPIC Coordinator, Monica Lambton, who spoke to us about taking new steps in new directions towards caring for the earth and for those living in poverty and struggling with injustice. She spoke to us about the fire inside of us and gave us tools for keeping that motivational fire alive and helping others to catch hold of that same flame through her usage of biblical quotes and the life and words of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. These tools included conversations about how to decide what action will have the biggest impact, what resources are the best fit, and how each of us is invited to be part of living the call of Laudato Sí.

Maureen Wylie, Associate

Congratulations to Sister Anne H. MacDonald who has just received a 5500 – hour Volunteer pin to recognize her many hours of volunteer service at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. Sister Anne has been a faithful volunteer in giving hair care for patients twice each week. QEH Director of Support Terry Campbell is seen here presenting the pin and a beautiful bouquet.

Esther Clarkin, CND

Going to the Peripheries!

In 2004, we were blessed to host Galileu in our home for three months (he was part of a group of 18 young Mozambican, South African & Canadian “Canada World Youth” exchange students) during which time we learned of his dream to become a doctor to serve his people in rural Mozambique. As a young Mozambican of very limited means, he viewed his dream as somewhat impossible. However, we, our local parish & broader community took on the challenge and fundraised sufficient monies to support Galileu financially, morally & spiritually through 10 years of university & medical school at the Catholic University of Beira in Mozambique. Having promised him in 2004 that we would be there on his graduation day to celebrate his incredible journey, we had saved our pennies and were able to travel to Mozambique to attend his graduation ceremony in June 2016… an unforgettable trip and experience! Since that time, Galileu has been practicing as a physician in his country’s public health care system and is currently in charge of the ER & ICU at the Hospital Central de Quelimane. Galileu’s dream to be a “country doctor” remains strong and he has been working towards setting up a rural practice in the Chimoio region in the interior of Mozambique.

Galileu has been saving his money since he became a doctor to make a return trip to Penticton to personally thank all the folks who contributed in any way to his successful journey. That trip is planned for this coming December and we are so looking forward to welcoming him once again into our home & community!

Maria & Lorne Raymond



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