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MINISTERES ND : NOTRE HÉRITAGE VIVANT

English

Par Sr Maria Delaney, SNDdeN, co-directrice du bureau des Etats-Unis pour les ministères parrainés

L’éducation sous toutes ses formes et expressions extérieures sera toujours au cœur de la mission des Sœurs de Notre-Dame de Namur. Renforcer nos connexions et approfondir nos relations dans les ministères qui portent le nom de Notre-Dame sont des priorités vitales pour assurer la longévité de notre héritage et legs – un legs qui a commencé en 1804, quand Ste Julie Billiart et Françoise Blin de Bourdon ont fondé notre congrégation. Ce ” patrimoine “ a continué à prospérer pendant plus de deux cents ans comme une tapisserie internationale avec notre propre motif distinctif. Tout qui a été un(e) élève ou un(e) collègue, ou un membre de famille d’une sœur de Notre-Dame de Namur pendant les 214 dernières années a tissé un fil unique pour le tissu de ce trésor qui proclame la bonté de Dieu.

gw legacy photo 3Les administrateurs des écoles des Etats-Unis et d’autres continents qui participaient à la 3e conférence de mise en réseau pour la mission à Emmanuel College.

La 3e conférence de mise en réseau pour la mission qui s’est tenue à Emmanuel College la semaine du 22 juillet a marqué un moment significatif pour nos collègues en mission. Cet événement vibrant a réuni plus de 300 personnes de 16 à 90 ans, élèves et collègues de nos ministères de SNDdeN. Plus de cent SNDdeN venues de cinq continents ont accentué la profondeur de notre engagement comme partenaires avec nos collègues laïcs pour proclamer les valeurs et les enseignements qui nous animent tous comme porteurs de notre legs. Les exposés fondamentaux et les ateliers ont éveillé leur enthousiasme et leur énergie, approfondi leurs connexions Notre-Dame et nous ont interpellés alors que nous avançons ensemble dans le ministère.

gw legacy photo 6Administrateurs, enseignants et visiteurs internationaux se joignent aux élèves leaders pour une photo à l’entrée d’Emmanuel College.

POINTS FORTS : OUVERTURE ET DISCOURS

Sr Janet Eisner SNDdeN, présidente d’Emmanuel College, a ouvert la conférence de quatre jours par une histoire du collège à la veille de son 100ième anniversaire qui sera célébré en 2019. En tant que la plus ancienne école supérieure catholique pour femmes, Emmanuel est un tribut à la persévérance et la ténacité qui ont continuellement surmonté les préjugés religieux et de genre pour être contre-culturelle et répondre aux besoins.

gw legacy photo 4Soeur Janet Eisner et Père Brian Hehir

Le Père J. Brian Hehir, premier orateur, a donné une profonde analyse de l’identité catholique et de la manière dont nous manifestons cette identité dans la société pluraliste d’aujourd’hui. Il reconnaît que nous sommes sur une crête croissante où le monde pose de nouvelles questions à d’anciennes traditions. Le P. Hehir nous a interpellés à être des “présences pénétrantes”, témoignant de miséricorde, justice et service dans notre monde et préparant des personnes à avancer avec intelligence et compassion en répondant aux questions émergentes de notre époque.

L’adresse du P. Hehir trouvait un complément dans celle de Sr. Mary Johnson SNDdeN, qui fit le discours d’ouverture le second jour de la conférence. Sr. Mary a cadré son adresse autour du thème: La doctrine sociale de l’Eglise n’est plus un secret, avec le concept de “l’effervescence collective du charisme” – le don spécial donné à chaque groupe dans l’Eglise pour contribuer au bien commun.

Sr. Mary a partagé deux exemples du partage de notre charisme de SNDdeN :

  • Les caractéristiques d’une communauté d’apprentissage Notre-Dame, utilisées dans tant de ministères SNDdeN, qui concrétisent notre témoignage des convictions de la doctrine sociale catholique, et
  • L’encyclique Laudato Si du Pape François qui est reflétée dans les appels du chapitre des SND de Namur à prendre soin de “notre maison commune.”

Sister Simone Campbell, SSA, la Nun on the Bus” (la sœur en bus) a continué à interpeller les participants en ouvrant la troisième journée de la conférence par un discours d’ouverture basé sur l’appel à la sainteté publique à une époque chaotique. Sister Simone a exhorté les participants à toucher les cœurs, écouter des récits, sentir la peine les uns des autres et y répondre de manière compatissante.

Trente ateliers ont augmenté l’impact de ces discours d’ouverture avec des exposés sur notre héritage de Notre-Dame de Namur, les caractéristiques d’une communauté d’apprentissage Notre-Dame, la gouvernance, la technologie et les réseaux sociaux, le programme et la pratique des instructeurs, l’éthique des soins de santé, les transitions de la vie, la sensibilité multiculturelle, le racisme et la résolution non-violente de conflits, la citoyenneté mondiale.

Tous les discours d’ouverture et plusieurs autres causeries, ainsi que les Powerpoints des trente ateliers sont disponibles (en anglais) sur www.notredameonline.org

ELÈVES LEADERS

Avant la conférence, septante élèves de dix écoles secondaires Notre-Dame des Etats-Unis se sont rassemblés pour la troisième conférence annuelle de leadership des élèves. Quatre écoles du Massaschusetts, quatre de l’Ohio, une du Maryland et une de Californie étaient représentées. Les élèves ont participé à trois journées d’ateliers sur sainte Julie, le leadership et la doctrine sociale catholique. Ils ont terminé en participant à la cérémonie et à la messe d’ouverture de la Conférence de mise en réseau pour la mission. Leur présence à la messe célébrait la continuation de notre héritage à l’avenir.

Nos ministères parrainés sont des trésors qui étendent la tapisserie Notre-Dame de Namur en partageant et animant la bonté de Dieu avec des personnes du monde entier. En introduisant de nouveaux fils dans le tissu, ils étendent l’héritage vivant des Sœurs de Notre-Dame de Namur. Dans l’encyclique Gaudete et Exsultate, le Pape François exhorte chacun(e) d’entre nous à “voir l’entièreté de sa vie comme une mission.”

Nous sommes véritablement bénies par nos collègues qui sont nos partenaires pour élargir la portée de notre mission jusqu’aux extrémités de la terre.

Source: Good Works, Vol 4 | No 2 | Octobre 2018. (traduction imprimée avec permission)

 

 

 

ND Ministries: Our Living Legacy

Françias

By Sister Maria Delaney, SNDdeN, Co-Director for US Office of Sponsored Ministries

Education in all forms and outward expressions will always be at the heart of the Mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN). Strengthening our connections and deepening our relationships in the ministries that carry our Notre Dame name are vital priorities to ensure the longevity of our
heritage and legacy – a legacy that began in 1804, when St. Julie Billiart and Françoise Blin de Bourdon founded our Congregation.

gw legacy photo 3Educational Administrators from the United States, and from other continents who participated in the Networking for Mission III Conference at Emmanuel College.

This “inheritance” has continued to thrive for over two hundred years as an international tapestry with our own distinctive motif. Everyone who has been a student or colleague, or a relative of a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur in the past 214 years has woven a unique thread to the fabric of this treasure, which proclaims the goodness of God.

The Networking for Mission III conference held at Emmanuel College during the week of July 22, 2018 marked a significant moment for our colleagues in mission. This vibrant event provided the venue for more than 300 people, aged 16 through 90, gathered as students and colleagues from our SNDdeN ministries. More than one hundred SNDdeN from five continents accentuated the depth of our commitment to partner with our lay colleagues to proclaim the values and the teachings that animate all of us as bearers of our legacy. Keynote presentations and workshops sparked their enthusiasm and energy, deepened their Notre Dame connections and challenged us as we move forward together in ministry.

gw legacy photo 6Educational Administrators from the United States, and from other continents who participated in the Networking for Mission III Conference at Emmanuel College.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Opening and Keynotes

Sister Janet Eisner SNDdeN, President of Emmanuel College, opened the four-day conference with a history of the college on the eve of its 100th Anniversary to be celebrated in 2019. As the oldest Catholic women’s college in New England, Emmanuel towers as a tribute to the perseverance and tenacity of the Sisters who continued to overcome religious and gender bias to be counter-cultural and address existing needs.

gw legacy photo 4Sr. Janet Eisner and Fr. Brian Hehir

Father J. Brian Hehir, the initial keynote speaker, gave a profound analysis of Catholic Identity and how we manifest this identity in today’s multi-pluralistic society. He recognizes that we stand on a growing edge where the world presents new questions to ancient traditions. Father Hehir challenged us to be “penetrating presences,” witnessing to mercy, justice and service in our world and preparing people to move forward with intelligence and compassion in addressing the emerging questions of our times.

Father Hehir’s address was complemented by that of Sister Mary Johnson SNDdeN, who gave the keynote address on the second day of the conference. Sister Mary framed the address around the theme of Catholic Social Teaching – No Longer a Secret, which captured the concept of “the collective effervescence of the Charism” – the special gift given to each group within the Church to contribute to the common good.

Sister Mary shared two examples of sharing our SNDdeN charism:

  • The Hallmarks of a Notre Dame Learning Community, used in so many SNDdeN ministries, “which concretize(s) our witness to the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching” and
  • Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si which is reflected in the Chapter Calls of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to care for “our common home.”

Sister Simone Campbell, SSA, the “Nun on the Bus” continued the challenge to participants as she opened the third day of the conference with a keynote address based on the Call to Public Holiness in Chaotic Times. Sister Simone brought the participants full circle as she urged them to touch hearts, listen to stories, feel one another’s pain and then respond in acompassionate manner.

Thirty workshops augmented these keynote addresses with presentations on our Notre Dame de Namur Heritage, The Hallmarks of a Notre Dame Learning Community, governance, technology/social media, curriculum and instructional practice, ethics in healthcare, life transitions, multi-cultural responsiveness, racism and nonviolent conflict resolution and global citizenship.

All keynote addresses with several other talks and the power points from thirty workshops are available on www.notredameonline.org.

Student Leaders

Prior to the Networking Conference, seventy students from ten Notre Dame de Namur high schools in the US assembled for the third annual student leadership conference. Notre Dame de Namur Academies from Hingham, Tyngsboro, Worcester, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School (Massachusetts), Mount Notre Dame, The Summit, Chaminade Julienne and Stephen Badin HS (Ohio), Maryvale Prep (Maryland) and Notre Dame High School (San Jose, California) were well represented.

The students participated in three days of workshops on St. Julie, leadership, Catholic social teaching. They completed their conference by joining in the opening sessions and liturgy of the Networking Conference. The presence of the students at the Mass celebrated the continuation of our legacy into the future.

Our sponsored ministries are treasures that extend the Notre Dame de Namur tapestry by sharing and animating God’s goodness with people all over the world. As they weave new threads into the fabric, they expand the living legacy of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. In the encyclical, Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis exhorts each of us to “see the entirety of your life as a mission.”

We are very blessed by our colleagues who partner with us to broaden the outreach of our mission to the ends of the earth.


Source: Good Works, Vol 14 | No 2 | October 2018. (Reprinted with permission)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewards of the SNDdeN Charism

By Sister Maria Delaney, SNDdeN, Co-Director in US Office of Sponsored Ministries

In a world of instant communication where circumstances can change in an instant and people can be redirected from one path to another in the blink of an eye, the words “mission integration” take on new meaning. The process of integrating the Mission becomes the root and anchor which ensures that an organization, whether religious, educational, social or corporate, remains true to its original vision and purpose.

Many of our SNDdeN educational and health care ministries worldwide trace their roots deep into the 19th century. As the Sisters of Notre Dame have aged out of many ministries, many dedicated lay professionals have taken our place as stewards of the SNDdeN Charism. To assist them in their preservation of our legacy, we have created many opportunities to instill the Charism, values and Hallmarks of a Notre Dame Learning Community.

In this global community where terrorism and destruction in all forms capture all news cycles, the values that have sustained the Sisters from the time of Napoleon through multiple world and civil wars still resonate throughout our ministries worldwide. The question of what difference we make in our geographical area propels us to do everything in our power to keep our relationships strong.

The strength of our network of Notre Dame colleagues depends upon the connections made among the participants. To this end, every year in the United States and Europe, the Sisters offer day long workshops and retreats and multi-day conferences for administrators, boards and students which provide a solid grounding in our history and philosophy for everyone carrying forward the Notre Dame de Namur Charism.

Recent Meetings and Beyond
In late June 2017,
the US Office of Sponsored Ministries gathered 50 Juniors and Seniors from Notre Dame high schools across the country for a Student Leadership Conference at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. At this second gathering for young people, the enthusiasm and energy were infectious among them, and groups from different schools instantly intermingled and began to share their specific realities.

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In Belmont, Srs. Mary Laxague and Maria Delaney SNDdeN continue the conversation with Drew Henry and Jennifer Khoury.

From July 16 to 19, 2017, the Office of Sponsored Ministries held their third annual conference of US Administrators from Notre Dame schools at Notre Dame High School in Belmont, CA where speakers provided stimulating presentations on:

  • How we weave the “Hallmarks” into our school,
  • Inclusive Just Schools – Are We Serving All of Our Students?
  • How the Challenges of St. Julie’s Times Resonate with Ours Today
  • Educating for Life in the Current Global Situation
  • Energizing New and Re-energizing Veteran Staff in Living the Mission.

iPhone Image EBF42These sessions centered on the importance of insuring that administrators, faculty and staff in our Notre Dame schools resonate with the dynamism of our Charism.

On October 2-3, 2017, Notre Dame schools in the United Kingdom held a conference entitled “The best is still to come,” in Wrightington, England.  Bringing together head-teachers, colleagues and Sisters, the conference reaffirmed for these educators a holistic approach in educating the whole person and preparing students for what they need for life.  This annual meeting opened doors to newness in a future for Notre Dame education in the 21st century.

On October 16, 2017, in Namur, Belgium, the Association des Ecoles Notre Dame (Association of Notre Dame Schools) organized and directed a formation meeting for new directors, teachers and staff in the Notre Dame Schools in Belgium.  Following input sessions and discussions on the charism and educational goals of St. Julie Billiart, these educators toured the Heritage Centre. For the purpose of networking with the schools in Belgium and around the ND world, the participants were delighted to receive a long list of our Notre Dame schools on five continents.

The planning is in process for an International Meeting: Networking FOR MISSION III, scheduled for July 25-28, 2018 to be held in the USA at Emmanuel College, 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. This Conference is open to “those who minister, with, for, on behalf of or under the name of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur or St. Julie Billiart.” **

The opportunity to connect with other professionals strengthens the ties among the schools and health centers founded by the Sisters and still carrying the Notre Dame name deep into the twenty-first century.


** For further information, please go to http://notredameonline.org/news-and-events/networking-iii or contact Sr. Maria Delaney, SNDdeN (maria.delaney@sndden.org) or Sr. Rita Sturwold (rita.sturwold@sndden.org).


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Reprinted from Good Works, Volume 13, No. 2, November 2017.

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