We invite you to join us in solidarity with people who are suffering and impoverished throughout the world. The Sisters and Associates of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary have taken two recent corporate stands:
Water is a sacred gift that connects all life.
Access to clean water is a basic human right.
The value of the earth's freshwater to the common good takes priority over any possible commercial value.
Freshwater is a shared legacy, a public trust and a collective responsibility.
Corporate Stand Against Human Trafficking:
The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary stand in support of human rights by opposing the trafficking in women and children for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. We will educate ourselves and others regarding the magnitude, causes and consequences of this abuse, both wherever we are missioned and throughout the world.
Sisters and Associates Working for the Common Good
Congregational Justice and Peace Network members from Quebec, Manitoba, U.S.-Ontario, Lesotho, Peru and NGO representatives met at the Convent of the Holy Names in Los Gatos, CA, from July 11-16. Updates on the SNJM corporate stands against human trafficking and on water were presented. The Network developed the framework for the formation of an Immigration and Refugees Committee to respond to the call of the Acts of the 33rd General Chapter. The Network received information about the upcoming SNJM Youth Justice Forum, which they were sponsoring, in Seattle. (By Mary Annette Dworshak, SNJM Seattle)
The Third Youth Justice Forum Hopes to Inspire Students to Make a Difference
The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Youth Justice Forum will take place from July 15th to 20th at Durocher College in Saint Lambert on the outskirts of Montreal (Quebec, Canada).The forum is an international extracurricular activity developed in 2009 to promote collaboration between young people in the common effort to combat injustices and to work for the betterment of the world. It involves 40 students from 13 SNJM founded secondary schools from Lesotho, the United States and Canada.
On the agenda will be immigration, the traffic in human beings and the right to water. It should prove to be a crash course into learning more about the realities facing migrants, a theme that will be dealt with on the opening day of the Forum. The other days will deal with two other global themes, the traffic in human beings and the right to safe drinking water about which the Congregation has taken clear positions.
Forum participants will also be involved in volunteer experiences with various social organizations. They will also take a pilgrimage to the founding home of the Congregation, the Marie-Rose Centre in nearby Longueuil, Quebec. For more information, click here.