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Visitation Province

God of all seasons, God of Autumn,

as you transform the earth,

transform us by your Spirit.

Our Commitment to Interculturality...

We believe that God desires us to live with others in ways that are respectful and mutually empowering.

These are the principles of interculturality that guide our way forward:

• Build a home where all can feel comfortable and accepted

• Learn to appreciate and celebrate our many differences

• Develop an inclusive model of thinking that takes into consideration the many different truths that we hold

Our commitment to interculturality requires that we live a path of constant conversion.

(Adapted text, Newer Members, Chofu, Japan – 2019)

Congregational Leadership Team Visit to Visitation Province

In late September, the Congregational Leadership Team began their official visit with the sisters and associates in Western Canada.

On October 3rd, the Administration Team spent the day sharing with the Congregation Leadership Team the reality of life and mission in Visitation Province. We also shared our blessings and concerns on the ways of living our Congregation de Notre-Dame Orientation with each other. Much of this information was shared with you during the Province Assembly in Toronto.

Their presentation began with an invitation to introduce ourselves to each other. This was followed by a reflective PowerPoint on the journey of God, Jesus, disciples, Mary and Marguerite. Lastly, various aspects of our Chapter 2016 Orientation were portrayed in visual form. We concluded our time together with good food and great conversation with each other.

The visit has truly been one of mutual encounter!

JPIC Atlantic Network Annual Gathering 2019

Religious, JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) workers and CRC (Canadian Religious Conference) staff took part in the JPIC Atlantic Network annual gathering in Moncton, NB October 8 – 10, 2019. The goal of this gathering was to reflect, share, network and design an action in response to the growing climate crises within our “common home.” Lois Corbett, Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick was the guest speaker. Lois addressed issues regarding water in the Atlantic region, as well as environmental and political concerns to enrich and further advocacy work.

“Brainstorming from the heart”: Participants shared the concerns they have about the waters in their various regions and together planned concrete actions.

Participants also received an update on the national Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation networks Plenary discussion: Towards collaborative action in the JPIC Atlantic network. Congregation de Notre-Dame participants included Sisters Rebecca McKenna, Eileen Roach and Catherine Walker along with Ms. Monica Lambton.

Association of Treasurers for Religious Institutes (ATRI) 2019

Four members of the Administration Team attended the 32nd Annual ATRI Conference. The conference took place in Calgary on September 27 – 30th. “Make it happen, make it matter” was the theme. The keynote speaker was Janet Mock, CSJ. Her presentations were based on Walter Brueggeman’s book ‘Reality, Grief and Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks’ – i.e. the need to face reality, to grieve what needs to be grieved and to live in hope with respect to God’s invitation to new life. In addition to the general sessions, twelve different workshops were offered with a variety of topics including respectful workplace, investment fees, CRA and Legal Issues, medical marijuana, mental health, legal challenges with boards, etc. ATRI continues to be a valuable resource for religious institutes.

150th Anniversary of CND in Miramichi, New Brunswick

Thanksgiving Weekend was truly a weekend of gratitude. Sisters, associates, parishioners and friends gathered on the Miramichi to celebrate 150 years of CND presence in conjunction with the 400th Anniversary of Marguerite’s birth.

The weekend began on Friday night with a warm and hospitable “Meet and Greet”. On Saturday evening, there was a beautiful Art Exhibit displaying the work of students of Sisters Marie- Anna Gallant and Marie Bordage. A delightful “Concert of the Cultures” followed, which featured many local people from the various parishes. Among the people who gathered were Congregation de Notre-Dame sisters and associates from Saint-Louis-de-Kent. It was a wonderful experience of interculturality for sisters and associates. In his homily on Sunday, Bishop Robert Harris praised the first Congregation de Notre-Dame pioneers, and those who followed them, who expanded the field of teaching to include the fine arts. He shared how he “was struck by the tenacity of the women who came to serve. They did not get discouraged by the many challenges that they faced. They were women of faith; women with a vision; women on a mission,” he said.

This celebration of the 150th Anniversary was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the contributions and presence of Sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame in this area of “the garden” within the Congregation. All in all there was much to be thankful for during this weekend on “The Miramichi”!

All Souls Day Prayerful Remembrance

 “It is love that calls us into being, and it is love that calls us home.

For God is love, and love is the dance of eternity.”  Bob Holme


Faustina Grant – October 28

Agnes Cordeau – December 7

Louise Dunn – December 27

Thérèse Arsenault – March 2

Della Gaudet – March 14

Rebecca MacDonald – April 12

Josephine Nestman – June 3

Ada Gordon – August 28

Marie Fernande Arsenault – September 20

Thanks & Appreciation

Thank you, Welcome, Celebration of Prayer Ministries

On September 19, we received visitors [Sisters Becky McKenna and Catherine Walker] with a special mission. They led us in a prayer service which included the “receiving and reading of individual calls to mission and ministry.” Each sister received a card indicating the mission and prayer assignment to which she was called. Sisters Becky and Catherine read these aloud.

Sisters Patricia Smith, Katherine T. MacDonald and Réjeanne Bourque who held that responsibility of coordinators at Andrews since our arrival in February, 2014 were given thanks through a litany of thanksgiving. We also asked a blessing on our new coordinators Sisters Ann Broderick and Regina McQuaid, as well as our new bursar Sister Phyllis Gallant.

The service concluded with a Ministry Blessing in which we prayed, “May we recognize the fruits of our ministry wherever we find ourselves. May we pause to give thanks for this gift, no matter how small or insignificant these fruits might appear.”

Our time together concluded with refreshments and socializing. We thank God for the blessings of community.

Réjeanne Bourque, CND with members of Notre Dame Community at Andrews of Charlottetown




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