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August 6th and 9th will mark the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since this initial use of nuclear weapons, their production and testing on the part of the USA and eight other countries continues to harm the health, environment and cultures of communities around the world.
The recent news that St. John’s was among the 20 schools being closed by the Archdiocese of New York came as a shock to many, including numerous RJM who had been students, teachers or administrators. Archdiocesan officials cited the impact of the current pandemic as the immediate cause of the decision to close, saying that the health concerns and unemployment consequent upon Covid-19 have led to a low rate of re-registration.
JULY 4th - San Diego, CA
On July 4 we not only celebrated our country's birthday but we celebrated the 82nd birthday of Sr. Martha Torres, RJM.
Just two days before, St. Paul's Rehabilitation Center began welcoming two guests at a time to visit with patients in the patio area after a 4-month lockdown.
There are only two tables with plexiglass at least 12 feet apart, now available for short visits. Sr. Martha was thrilled to finally visit with Srs. Bernadette and Rosie on her birthday.
REMOTE LEARNING - Fon Ibo, Haiti
For several years our school has been gifted with a program called, "Read Haiti" which gives 1st and 2nd graders a great beginning in both Creole and French. The program includes extensive teacher formation, supervision, and evaluation and they also provide reading and writing books as well as library books.
Since COVID-19 has stopped classes and most of our families do not have computers or internet access, let alone electricity, "Read Haiti" is now using radio broadcasts to reach the students!
Following upon last week’s sharing from those who participated in workshops and webinars, we are offering the comments and reflections of other JPIC Committee members who took part. It is hoped that these contributions will arouse our interest and lead us to explore the many resources that can help us to respond to the call to care for our planet.
It all started with Covid 19 and the request by the governor of Rhode Island to wear a mask in public. We quickly realized that the paper version we had received at the last doctor’s appointment would not survive a week. This realization led us to the trusty Internet —source of all useful information. There we discovered sewing patterns for face masks that met the governor’s recommendations.