March 8 sees the highest level of global women's activity ever witnessed as groups celebrate the International Women's Day centenary. The first International Women's Day events were run in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911 and attended by over one million people. 100 years on, International Women's Day (IWD) has become a global mainstream phenomena celebrated across many countries...
Sr Kelechi Agugo RSC recently finished studying 'Marriage and the Family' in Australia and returned to Nigeria to implement what she had learnt in the context of her work in the Archdioces of Lagos, in Nigeria and beyond. Here Sr. Kelechi reflects on her ministry:
As part of the Religious Sisters of Charity corporate response to Human Trafficking, prayer and reflection was identified and adopted as central and integral to combating the problem of Human Trafficking. It is also hoped that through deep prayer and reflection on the problem of Human Trafficking across the congregation we will be led to greater awareness and commitment to address the problem.
St. Agnes’ Primary School in Crumlin, Dublin is leading the way in proving how music can change lives. In 2007, during the ‘European Year of Equal Opportunity for Everyone’ the school launched a Violin Project that currently has more than 400 children receiving weekly violin lessons. Now their parents and grandparents are getting in on the act!
On January 9th St Columban’s Parish Human Trafficking (HT) Ministry, of which Sr. Bernadette Moran, RSC, is a member, commemorated National Human Trafficking and Anti Slavery Day by distributing the Maryknoll’s magazine after the Sunday masses. The December issue of the magazine had articles on ‘The Pain of Human Trafficking’.
Just before Christmas the BBC showed a documentary about five people and the place that ‘silence’ had in their everyday lives. Five volunteers went on a journey into silence, led by Father Christopher Jamison. The documentary is now online and the first part can be seen below.
An historic Golden Jubilee celebration took place in Zambia this year! Three sisters each celebrated 50 years of commitment to the congregation, amongst them Sr. Catherine Chileshe, the first Zambian sister. Here Sr. Catherine reflects on the celebration:
STOP THE TRAFFIK is holding the first Global Freedom Summit, which will take place in London on 11th April 2011.
The Summit will launch the STOP THE TRAFFIK Global Travel Alert, a worldwide initiative which seeks to safeguard people’s right to migrate without exploitation.
Having heard of the consciousness awareness activities planned in California for 11th January, 2011 against Human Trafficking the sisters in Venezuela decided to do something in their area. Some of the community leaders and catechists met and prepared to launch the campaign on 11th by speaking to the members of the Bible Group.
Our prayers and thoughts are with our sisters in the Australian congregation of the Sisters of Charity, together with their families, friends and colleagues as they come to terms with the effects of the recent floods in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Just before the New Year Sr. Kathleen Bryant RSC from the California/Venezuela Region gave a few days of workshops to a group of open, fun, bright and energetic Salesian sisters under Final Vows on ‘Community Living and Healthy Relationships’ which was held in San Antonio, Texas.
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