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
The Congregational Justice and Peace Network held their annual meeting at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton, Oregon, July 3-7. Participants from Lesotho, Peru, Brazil, Quebec, Manitoba, and the U.S.-Ontario Province attended. Updates on the SNJM corporate stands against human trafficking and on water were presented.
The Third Youth Justice Forum Inspires Students to Make a Difference
The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Youth Justice Forum took place July 15-20, 2015 at Durocher College in Saint Lambert on the outskirts of Montreal, Canada.
Fifty students from SNJM schools in Lesotho, United States and Canada came together to learn about--and act on--human trafficking, water rights and immigration.
Participants shared their thoughts in group presentations on these issues, which will lay the groundwork for social justice projects back home. Participants also did volunteer work with various charitable organizations and enjoyed team building immersion activities. They took a pilgrimage to the founding home of the Congregation, the Marie-Rose Centre in nearby Longueuil, Quebec and a sight seeing trip via ferry to Old Town Montreal.
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.