The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.
Here one of the participants shares her experience of a seminar which was held at the Centre on 5th of March 2016 entitled: “Making Use Of Your Talents And Be More Creative”.
Many will ask why this title why not something else - here is a life story to explain.
What a privilege it was to join 10,000 women from all over the world at the United Nations in New York City for the Commission on the Status of Women. The Theme was Women’s Empowerment and the Link to Sustainable Development. Building on the Beijing declaration and platform, education on the huge inequalities for girls and women were presented along with strategies for working towards gender equality.
At the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress the attendees had the opportunity to make the Stations of the Cross with the theme of Human Trafficking and see artifacts from survivors on display as well as their art work. You can see a video of these stations below. There were a few workshops on the issue that the Sisters of Charity attended - one featured two survivors.
On the 26th of November a wonderful celebration was held in Blackrock Hospice to honour the canonisation of St. Louis and St. Zelie Martin, who were the first parents to be canonised on 18th of October, Mission Sunday 2015. The Hospice is named after St. Louis and St. Zelie and the ward which consists of 12 rooms for the patients is named St. Therése, so it was appropriate that we honour both parents and daughter.
Sr. Justina Osumune writes an account of a very special celebration for Mary Aikenhead’s birthday in Port Harcourt, Nigeria:
Just as Mary Aikenhead went out into the neighborhood or wherever the people were, so too our sisters go out to meet people “where they are at” as we say! That might mean meeting them in their grief, their sorrow or going through a difficult divorce. As Sr. Eva Bryan serves as Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph’s Parish, Long Beach she has created a new bereavement ministry. Eva says that this has been the most life-giving ministry for her. Currently Eva listens and is present to 11 new widows and one widower.
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