THE GOODNESS OF GOD SHINES IN THE HEART OF CRUZEIRO DO SUL, ACRE, BRAZIL
Forty years ago seven brave and courageous Sisters of Notre Dame set down their feet in Acre. They were women attracted by the goodness of God and his provident care. Called by Jesus Christ, they consecrated their lives to continue the mission of Jesus. Marked with a missionary spirit, these women desired to follow the example of Jesus. They went as missionaries to this unknown territory.
Forty years later, on August 13, 2011, the people of Cruzeiro do Sul honored and publicly recognized Sister Maria Inete Della Senta, who was one of the first missionaries and who died in 2004, and acknowledged the presence and appreciation of the Sisters of Notre Dame. The Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame was commended for its important service to health, education, and evangelization in the whole state of Acre.
SISTER M. ROSE BERNARD IS HONORED BY PNG GOVERMENT
Just before Christmas last year, Sister Mary Rose Bernard (Groth), a long-time missionary, was notified that she had been nominated for a medal from the Papua New Guinea government. The reception of this medal would make her a Member of Logohu (an honorary Order for honoring people who have made laudable contributions to Papua New Guinea and its people). Logohu is a Motuan word for the bird of Paradise, the national bird. Sister was reluctant to accept the award, but the sisters of her house urged her to accept it as an honor for the church and for the congregation. So she sent in her acceptance.
The ND Chimes was a wonderful vehicle of our
international communication for many years that kept us informed
about the various ministry activities of our Notre Dame world. We
would like to invite you to send us short articles of congregational
interest about your ministry involvement, formation and vocation
activities, special celebrations, etc. Share with our Notre Dame world
the good news of the vibrancy of our charism and mission and the
wonderful things that God is doing through our congregation that all may
have life to the full.
Please send your stories to Sister Jaculin Manders here at the Motherhouse: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sister will edit the contributions as needed for publication on our
restructured Rome website. Your articles
should be no more than one page long, in Arial 12, single space.
When possible please include 3 or 4 photos (jpeg files) to illustrate
your story. We look forward to connecting our world wide Notre Dame
family through our traditional Chimes once again.
A New Song from the Philippines
Two more postulants, Charito de los Santos and Prescilla Magada, were invested as novices of Notre Dame in the Philippines. Our “First Sisters” of this mission now number five: four novices and one Junior Professed.