Recently the 13th Street Community had the joy of hosting Sr. Yudith Pereira, RJM, for a long weekend. Yudith, from the Province of Spain, is currently the Assistant Executive Director of the organization Solidarity with South Sudan. She was in the USA to meet with Sr. Joan Mumaw, who directs the not-for-profit US organization, Friends in Solidarity, that helps to support this work, an inter-Congregational enterprise that sponsors five communities presently ministering in South Sudan. Altogether, more than 260 Congregations are supporting this project.
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QUEST — Volunteers for Haiti is an opportunity for women and men to live in community with sisters of the Religious of Jesus and Mary in Gros Morne, Haiti (4 hours north of PAP), ministering with the people of Haiti to impact the future of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
You may recall that in the Summer 2015 issue we highlighted QUEST one-month volunteers assisting with Camp Claudine, a Summer Camp for over 300 children.
On March 8th, a group of talented, courageous women gathered at the heart of the Vatican to tell their stories of peace and hope. These women who have the skill to combine inner faith with outer action. These women are stirring things up in the name of peace and are using their voices, courage, passion, anger, and leadership to support a global conversation on non-violence.
News anchorwoman, Eun Yang (in green), gave a tour of the NBC4 studio to a group of WSG students in late February. The girls got to check out all of the action both in front of the camera, as well as behind the scenes.
Here the students are posed around the Meet the Press table.
It was a wonderful experience for the students, and some have been inspired to become journalists some day.
Dear Friends, on February 9th, the Theater Club performed their first full-length play in celebration of Black History Month titled Shine, A Story about Believing in Yourself. The girls tirelessly rehearsed and perfected their performance from September through showtime. There was dancing, singing, and dialogue, and we could not be more proud of the hard work that the girls put into bringing the story to life.
- LOOKING WITH THE EYES OF CLAUDINE AND RESPONDING
[GC PRIORITY 2] BY SERVING ‘THE NEEDS OF REFUGEES…’ [USA PROVINCIAL CHAPTER]
- ASH WEDNESDAY PRAYER SERVICE OF REPENTANCE OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE
- JUBILEE CELEBRATION
- MARDI GRAS AT MARILLACGERARD MANLEY HOPKINS MEMORIAL TEA AT MARILLAC
- MARDI GRAS in Plainville
- UPCOMING RELIGIOUS FORMATION CONFERENCE
- LENTEN REFLECTIONS
At its foundation in 1989, some 28 years ago, the RJM mission center at St. Timothy's was designated as a community of “active retired.” Although there was no official commitment to parish service, over the years many sisters have given their time and talents to minister in the parish. That is no less true of the present community, as you can see below:
In December of 2016, Sr. Elisabeth Ides, a member of our General Government, and liaison with AFJM groups throughout the Congregation, visited Haiti. Her principal purpose for going was to connect with the AFJM in Port-au-Prince, a group deeply affected by the loss of Sr. Isa Sola, who had started the group. Given below are Sr. Elisabeth’s reflections on that visit.
In November, Sr. Mary and Sr. Jackie began volunteering at RIRAL (Rhode Island Regional Adult Literacy) located in Woonsocket, RI. The mission of this agency is to assist adults in the process of reaching their academic, occupational, or personal goals through education, counseling, and training. RIRAL provides instruction in English language, reading, writing, math and technology, as well as college readiness.
“Within the child lies the fate of the future.”
- Maria Montessori
Upper Elementary students (ages 9-11) at Thevenet Montessori School are using the “Peace Flower” pictured below, to learn about the connectedness of all life and each person’s and community’s influential call to care for humanity and wildlife.
There are a good number of Americans who find the current political atmosphere to be mean-spirited, and in stark opposition to some fundamental values of our country. For RJM, many of those values also reflect the imperatives of the Gospel, as well as the recent call of our Chapter:
“We desire to live our prophetic mission:
Responding to the miseries of our world;
Living a commitment to justice, peace, ….”