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)
Youth Justice Forum Inspires Students to Make a Difference
A week long SNJM Youth Justice Forum was attended by 36 girls from 12 Holy Names' schools. Joining host students from Holy Names Academy in Seattle, were students representing SNJM schools in Portland, Oregon; Oakland and Alhambra, California; Albany, New York; Tampa, Florida; Winnipeg and Montreal, Canada; and Lesotho, Africa. The trip was funded by contributions from the schools and the Sisters of the Holy Names Ministry Fund
The students learned about the SNJM justice focus on issues related to water, human trafficking, and immigration and did several service projects. They cleaned up debris at Volunteer Park, helped EarthCorp pull out wild vines, served food and ate with the homeless at Cathedral Kitchen, and spent time at Mary’s Place with women and children caught in the cycle of poverty. Every day began and ended with prayer as well as reflection and sharing of their experiences and insights.