Human Trafficking is a new term but not a new form of violation of human rights. The figures for what is believed to be the biggest crime of our time are staggering. The United Nations estimated in 2005 that two million children are trapped in commercial sexual exploitation every year, while the International Labour Organisation’s 2012 statistics estimate that as many as 21 million people are exploited through forced labour.
Early in the twentieth century a very sick man was admitted to the Convalescent Home in Linden, run by the Religious Sisters of Charity. He was classified as an old man - although he was only in his early fifties. He was in a very bad state of health, he was in a far worse state of soul.
The Nigeria Conference for Women Religious, NCWR recently clocked up 50 years of service. These women of God in Nigeria could not contain their joy as they gathered together in the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, Anambra State, from 20th to 23rd of February 2014 to thank God and to celebrate with the people of God.
"If we are to prosper and flourish in this ever evolving environment, then it is vital that we make the most of all our resources - and this is true for our mental resources as well as material ones"
Professor John Beddington
The education of the girl child is something that is very dear to the heart of all the RSCs in Zambia and when we look back at our history in the Region it is something that was very dear to our pioneer sisters. In 2013 we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Roma Secondary School and the theme chosen for that occasion was Girl Child Empowerment through Quality Education.
The Archbishop of Lagos was present at the Maximum Security Prison, Kirikiri, Lagos during his annual visit on the 26th of December, 2013 to celebrate St. Stephen's day with the inmates who gathered from the five different prisons in Lagos, (Ikoyi, Badagry, Kirikiri Female, Medium and Maximum).
We have all heard it said that, "your past can catch up with you", and sometimes that is a situation you prefer not to happen. Well on St. Patrick’s Day I experienced that and I must say it was a very pleasant experience.
The 16th January was drawing near and plans were being made to celebrate Sr. Rosemary’s Golden Jubilee. What to do?! Since coming to Konzaalendo we never had Mass in our house so we thought that this would be a fitting occasion to have Mass celebrated for the community. Fr. Martin Hancock was approached and he willing agreed. Next who to invite?
The month of January saw a lot of activity in Ibadan. Sisters Geraldine, Stella and Brid joined Sisters Justina and Rosemary to begin the new formation community. Immediately all hands were on deck to prepare the house for the arrival of the postulants. Sr. Rosaleen, the Regional Leader travelled back and forth from Lagos encouraging the process.
On Saturday 25th January 2014 the road to Namwala saw some Religious Sisters of Charity travelling for what was to be both a joyful and sad occasion. After fifty three years of faithful service to the people of Namwala the parish was saying farewell to the sisters and the sisters were saying farewell also.
The Californian Region had the great joy of celebrating Sr. Kathleen Newell’s 75th anniversary as a Sister of Charity on January 26th. Sisters celebrated with Kathleen and attended a special Mass with all Jubiliarians in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Cathedral.
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