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March 8, 2021. This is a global event to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It sends a call to everyone to keep insisting on women’s equality issues. www.internationalwomensday.com

This year’s theme is Choose to Challenge. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Together and individually, we can all help create an inclusive world. We can choose to celebrate the brave women who step-out and step-up in leadership roles.

There is a beautiful video that has been circulating recently showing the names and faces of women leaders in today’s world: While the world has been distracted. It’s only a few minutes.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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3rd Sunday of Lent John 2: 13 – 25

Hello Sisters and Associates, my name is Winnie Odo. I live in a tiny fishing community in Lingan on the most easterly part of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. I have been blessed to have spent the past 20 years of my life following in the footsteps of our Foundress St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. I’m a person who loves to be challenged, to face something on my journey of life that causes me to go deeper, to depend more on God than on my own resources. The gospel reading for this 3rd Sunday of Lent presented one such challenge, but here goes.

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Joseph as a father

Photo:  Marie-Claire Dugas

“Patris Corde” is the title of the paper Pope Francis wrote to introduce the Year of St. Joseph which goes from December 2020 to December 2021. The Latin words translate as Heart of the Father. Those two words beautifully describe both the encyclical and Saint Joseph.

Letters from Popes are not read by many and seldom taught in Sunday sermons. Our current Pope Francis is always an easy read. His language is simple and down to earth and usually inspiring. Patris Corde is all of the above and more. Pope Francis says Joseph loved Jesus with a father’s heart, and then proceeds to describe all that this could mean.

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CND Associate Relationship Newsletter Visitation East March 2021

Theresa Ann and myself were permitted to visit our beloved Sisters at MacGillivray Health Centre. Both Rita Chisholm and Margaret MacDonell were thrilled to have Associates join them. They were both anxious for news of their CND families. They expressed the wonderful care they are receiving and look forward to the end of this pandemic.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

A Message from the CRC’s KAIROS Representatives: In this time of unbelievable suffering of all, and primarily of the most vulnerable, we are more than ever graced to represent you, the members of the Canadian Religious Conference, on the steering committee of KAIROS. Together, the CRC through KAIROS works with Indigenous, settlers and newcomers in Canada, people of faith or conscience all over the world, for ecological justice and human rights.

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Reflection For Second Sunday Of Lent

Photo: Artwork by Claude Lafortune exhibited at the Musée Marguerite-Bourgeoys

My name is Debbie Polley. I have been an Associate for five years. I have known the CNDs since I was 9 years old and have loved them and St. Marguerite since I was a young girl. I am a retired teacher who taught for thirty–one years. I love bringing laughter and joy into the lives of people. I am civically involved with voters’ rights via phone conferences and letters to our Senators. I also enjoy artwork, classical music and creative prayer time.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Wednesday, February 24 is Anti-Bullying Day in Canada. On this day, also called Pink Shirt Day, we are encouraged to wear something pink to indicate our support for all the efforts made to promote and encourage the message that we must treat others with dignity and respect. The weeks and months of the COVID-19 pandemic have shown the importance of helping one another. We want to “lift each other up,” individually and through programs and projects that build healthy self esteem. Bullying in any form - physical, verbal, or social and relational - can result in serious emotional problems, anxiety, low self-esteem or severe depression. Pink says empathy, compassion and kindness!

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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1st Sunday of Lent Feb. 2121

I am Sr. Joan Mahoney, CND. Last summer, I retired as Coordinator of the Associate Relationship in Blessed Sacrament Province. I continue to do some consulting for the Associate Leadership. I am professed for 57 years and live with three other CND's in Norwalk, CT.

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Ash Wednesday: Reflection on the Deepening of Prayer Life

News from Visitation Province

Indigenous Land Acknowledgements: All of the Canadian territory we live on was occupied before European settlement by indigenous communities and it’s good to know about our own local indigenous history. In Ottawa-Gatineau many faith-based communities such as mine, St. Basil’s parish, and provincial and federal government events begin by acknowledging our presence on the unceded traditional land of the Anishinaabe (Algonquin) nation. In Montreal, McGill has information on the indigenous land it sits on and has links to the importance of land acknowledgements at

https://www.mcgill.ca/indigenous/land-and-peoples/learn-about-land-and-peoples-tiohtiake-montreal.

If you Google land acknowledgement and the name of your location you’ll find your indigenous community history. For example, Halifax and Mi’kmaw. The acknowledgement can be included at the beginning of any prayer or other gathering.

Kathy Kelly, Ottawa associate

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Cameroon celebrates Youth Day on February 11

Cameroon celebrates Youth Day on February 11. This day is dedicated to getting the nation’s young people involved in constructive activities, instilling the spirit of leadership in them and encouraging them to participate in culture and society.

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The Congregation mother house kitchen gets a makeover in accordance with the 8r’s!

In a very impressive way, and thanks to excellent maintenance, some of the Mother house kitchen appliances have had a lifespan that has far exceeded the norm. Even so, the kitchen had to be rebuilt because some of the equipment and aspects of the facilities were outdated.

We reused everything we could. This is the case of the kitchen hood, which has not been moved and whose ducts have been "rejuvenated". Some items, such as shelves, were redistributed and found a new use elsewhere in the Mother house. Others, such as the old oven, will be donated to organizations that need them and can give them a second life.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life: 25 years ago, Pope St. John Paul II called for consecrated life to be recognized and promoted throughout the universal church. This is celebrated on February 2. At Andrews of Charlottetown, we observed the day with a special prayer service in which we thanked God for having called us and prayed for the hurting people on the peripheries, as well as for our sisters. This was followed by a social hour which included refreshments and sharing of community life stories.

Réjeanne Bourque, CND

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

CND Sisters and Associates attended the CTV Mass for Shut-Ins, January 10,2021 at Our Lady of Fatima Church to honour the Feast day of Saint Marguerite. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Bill Burke and Deacon Lorne MacNeil, New Victoria Associate Mary MacKenzie was the lector and Pat Moore was the mu­sic minister. If you missed viewing this mass on CTV, it can be viewed on YouTube Diocese of Anti­gonish.

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A Faith-Based Vision for the United Nations at 75 and Beyond

In October 2020, the United Nations System celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding. To mark this momentous occasion, several members of the community that represents Catholic Religious congregations, including Patricia Flattery, CND, came together to craft practical recommendations as to how the UN System could move forward from this fraught moment to “build back better” than it was before.

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General Conference 2021

The members of the General Conference met by Zoom, January 19-21, for a period of 4-5 hours each day. The time of day or night depended on the time zone of the province or region where we live.

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

The Congregation de Notre-Dame Blessed Sacrament Province Sustainability Committee offered an interprovincial ZOOM Gathering on Sunday, January 24. Over 50 sisters and associates joined in. What a blessed opportunity to share insights, to see friends and companions and meet new Congregation de Notre-Dame connections. We had a large group together-time and two opportunities for small group sharing.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

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News from Visitation Province (Canada)

Feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys January 12, 2021

The Halifax Sisters and Associates came together in our own homes to celebrate St. Marguerite’s Feast this year. It was different in that previous years we celebrated with parishioners from St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish.  In spite of our reality, we were grateful that many of us in Halifax were able to come together on Zoom thanks to Sister Connie.

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Ignatian Spirituality Project, Walking each other Home

There is a popular saying we hear today that “on the journey of life we are all just walking each other home.” One of the great privileges in my life is walking with women and men on the margins of society with the Ignatian Spirituality Project: A ministry with people who have experienced some form of homelessness in their lives, whether that is living rough on the streets, being lost in addiction, having no significant connections with family and community or having lost a sense of self and place in the world. 

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West Kootenay Associates celebrate Marguerite Bourgeoys

One big highlight in the life of West Kootenay Associates is our annual celebration of Marguerite Bourgeoys on her Feast Day. When we gather on her feast, you can sense the elevated feelings of joy among us, especially as we enter prayer and song, and then afterwards a delicious pot luck meal. This year, with the restrictions, it was different, and there were a few twists but still how wonderful that Zoom permitted us to be together, we could see one another and speak to each other and it was with great joy that we shared a beautiful prayer service we found on the cnd-m.org website (created for Feast Day 2019).

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