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Let us welcome the Season of Creation!

The Season of Creation is an ecologically focused annual celebration of prayer and action. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions, and many leaders of faith traditions have encouraged participation. Pope Francis has been urging everyone to embrace this season as a significant way to live out the principles of Laudato Sí. The season began September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis. The theme for this year is “The Web of Life.”

The members of the JPIC Core Committee proposed that we make this a feature of JPIC work this year. And so, it comes to be that we are proposing an ambitious Season of Creation for Visitation Province.

Look for details in next week's Friday FACQs. To help us get into the spirit, we encourage you to watch the JPIC video report to the summer Assembly. It will soon be posted on the CND website but in the meantime you can view it through this link:

Monica Lambton, JPIC coordinator

On Sunday, July 28th Libby's celebration was enjoyed and appreciated by sisters at the CND Health Care Center. Libby, may you be blessed with a happy and fulfilled life among us.

The CND Sisters, Health Care Centre, Sydney

What a summer for the Acadians!!!

The World Acadian Congress, August 10-24, was a huge success with visitors from across Canada and the US, including Louisianna as well as bus loads from France. The Arsenault family reunion was a rewarding experience for me after two years of planning. Pierre Arsenault played the role of… the ancestor Pierre Arsenault. Two marriages and seven sons explains the prolific presence of Arsenaults today. Interestingly, Saint Peter was delighted to provide a two-day pass to several heavenly Arsenaults. When the MC interviewed them in English and in French he asked Pierre if English and French were spoken in heaven. To my surprise he spontaneously answered: "No, there is only one language in heaven, it's the language of LOVE." When he left the stage he waved and said: "And this is a reunion of Love." To me it was so true and it filled my heart with love for all my Arsenault clan.

A proud Acadian,

Marie L. Arsenault, CND

CWL Convention in Calgary

Doreen Gowans, Dolores MacGillivary, Diane Nadeau were at the CWL Convention in Calgary, ready to kick-up their heels after a full day of reports and workshops based on the theme “Caring for our Common Home,” a topic very close to St. Marguerite Borugeoys’s heart.

Diane Nadeau, associate

Marguerite – A Surprise! Recently we were travelling in the heart of the Acadian Peninsula of Northern New Brunswick and found this little church next to Paquetville, where we ate at a lovely restaurant called Creperie Bretonne. The church is located in a small village called St.-Léotine. Exciting to find our Marguerite away up there!

Frances Connell, Associate

400TH Celebration – Parkland Cape Breton

The unfolding of commemorative events celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys continues and on August 23rd, Parkland Cape Breton hosted a delightful, joyful gathering, featuring a delicious barbecue meal accompanied by music, song, lively discussion and dance.

It was with Jubilee in our hearts that we welcomed several groups of people including residents and staff of Parkland, various ethnic groups, employee immigrants and their families, CND sisters from the entire area, including Sisters from Halifax and Bedford. In short, we experienced a memorable, happy occasion as a celebratory group of individuals who experience the birthdate Festival of an amazing individual –Educational Pioneer, Saint and Beloved Foundress of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, St. Marguerite of Canada!

The front foyer of Parkland, theatre, corridors and dining areas were decked with pictures and memorabilia depicting Marguerite’s life and times during her humble beginnings at Ville Marie, (Montreal) where she introduced herself as the young French lady from Troyes, who was inspired to cross an ocean on several occasions to respond to a Marian vocation call: “Go, I will not Abandon You.”

Here in Eastern Nova Scotia, we attempt to continue to live that call. As Sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, we consider ourselves part of the microcosm of the history of the CND in this entire area. When the CND’s came to Cape Breton, first to Louisbourg in 1727-1758, then Arichat in 1856 and remained for a remarkable 154 years to date, settling in various parts of this Island, they had no iPads, iPods, iPhones, or computers, but they were equipped

with a trust, a promise and a determination to offer quality education to every girl and boy who entered their classrooms. These sisters joined the team of dedicated lay men and women educators who were also a dominant part of our amazing story.

Through more than a century of growth, change, trials and triumphs, we continue to flourish, proud of our heritage and confident of its future growth. The Vision and Spirit of our Foundress St. Marguerite Bourgeoys is still alive and like our Foundress, in a spirit of hope, faith and gratitude, we carry the torch for a new “Dawn”, as we wait for the birth of what is to come!

Connie MacIsaac, CND

Pilgrimage to St. Louis de Kent, NB, August 28

As part of our celebrations in this 400th birthday year, Sisters and Associates from Visitation Province went to St. Louis in Kent County in Northern NB to meet with the Sisters and Associates of Marguerite-Bourgeoys Province. What a happy day we had! Associates from Woodstock, Moncton, Fredericton and Miramichi journeyed to St. Louis where we were received with much joy and festive hospitality. We began with a meet-and-greet in the church; then we had a visit to the Grotto where a professional guide gave us a rich history lesson. We visited the beautiful statue of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys on the grounds and the Sisters invited us into the convent. From there we went to the Golden Age Club in St. Ignace where we were served lunch of fricot and dessert.

Language didn’t seem to inhibit lively conversation and of course, smiles and laughter don’t really require language.

After lunch we went to the church in St. Ignace for a prayer service. Associates had brought water samples from home; we put all the water together in a big bowl and immersed our hands as a clear sign of inclusion and solidarity.

We returned to the Golden Age Club for a sharing time. It was like a “town hall” where we were invited to speak of our efforts to live out the charism of Marguerite and especially to realize “going to the peripheries.”

Visitation Associates had brought bottles of pickles, chow, relish, jam and jelly as gifts to leave behind.

It was the dream of Camilla Vautour (Associate Coordinator, MB Province) and Marjorie Allison-Ross (Associate Coordinator, Visitation Province) that made this day possible. We felt we were making history come alive and we are so very grateful to these two leaders among us. What a Happy Birthday for Marguerite!

Eleanor McCloskey, CND



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