The sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame express solidarity by freely going to the peripheries to serve people and the Church.
The sisters of the Congregation de Notre-Dame share in the spirituality of Marguerite Bourgeoys and express solidarity by freely going to the peripheries to serve people and the Church. In the name of liberating education, each sister offers her particular gifts in order to fulfill whatever needs she perceives around her. By joining their talents, the sisters contribute to the mission together. No matter their age or health condition, they continue their mission through action or prayer and remain ready for service.
Founded during the 17th century in Montreal by Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, the Congrégation de Notre-Dame is a Catholic women’s congregation that has long worked to educate girls and boys at all school levels. Education also takes place outside the school walls, and the sisters devote themselves to works that support individuals in their quest for dignity and respect for life.
The spirituality of Marguerite, anchored in the mysteries of Visitation and of Pentecost, continues to inspire the action of the sisters in a spirit of hospitality, outreach and service.
The Many Faces of Liberating Education
In the name of liberating education, each sister offers her particular gifts in order to fulfill whatever needs she perceives around her. By joining their talents, the sisters contribute to the mission together. No matter their age or health condition, they continue their mission through action and prayer, and remain ready for service
Sister Patricia Flattery, CND, Representative to the United Nations and to UNANIMA International
Sister Patricia says that living in community as a CND is serving her well in her new ministry at the United Nations where she represents the Congrégation de Notre-Dame.
Sister Denise Brunelle, CND, Give the Power Back to the People
Sister Denise responds to the calls of the community and of the people in her neighbourhood.
Sister Mengue Évangéline, CND, The Meyomessala Orchardist
With a group of young people, Sister Évangéline grows trees that benefit the local community.
Sister Bertha Lilian Barrera Ramírez, CND, in Service of the Environment
Sister Lilian works in pastoral ministry, helps families in need and plants trees!
Sister Maura Mc Grath CND, Working For Refugees
Sister Maura sits on the Board of Directors of Action Réfugiés and works with vulnerable migrants.
Sister Jaculyn Hanrahan, CND, Director of the Appalachian Faith and Ecology Center
In the name of her faith, Sister Jaculyn seeks to raise a profound awareness about ecological issues that affect the Appalachian Mountains and the planet.
What We Do
The Social Justice Action Network is inspired by the Mission Orientations of the Congregation and the major issues in society. Its goal is to bring up to date and encourage the commitment of the sisters and associates, through awareness, information, formation and action, in their efforts to support vulnerable populations.
The goal of the Network is carried out in a spirit of collaboration, where each sister or associate is called on to live closer to the reality of the impoverished, excluded and oppressed, and, in solidarity with them, to participate in the transformation of society for a more just and humane world.
Collaboration – Partnership
Collaboration and partnership invite us to work with others for the transformation of society and the building of the Reign of God.
This can mean::
- joining other groups already formed
- initiating CND projects and inviting collaboration;
- creating new projects with others
Solidarity – Inclusion
Our presence in various parts of the world invites us to foster global awareness and connection among ourselves and with the people of our milieu.
This is what we call solidarity – inclusion
This can mean:
- appreciating and welcoming differences of culture, race, gender, religion
- recognizing our need for interdependence
- listening to the cry of the excluded, both individuals and groups
- taking concrete means to promote fundamental rights
Non-violence is a way of being, of looking, of speaking, of living in community, of educating, of relating with creation.
It is more than being “nice.” It requires us to look at real situations of violence and to confront them. It teaches us how to speak the truth with love. It invites us to act in partnership with others who are peacemakers.