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Jesus-Mary School - Gros Morne, Haiti: Maryknoll Lay Missioner Abby Belt brought us a DVD copy of "Taking Root" about Wangari Maathai's life and the Greenbelt Movement in Kenya. So, on June 5, International Day for the Environment, the Lekol Jezi-Mari student body learned about Wangari Maathai and her Greenbelt Movement by watching “Taking Root”, on the screen by the red door.
The Pre-Chapter assembly in Port-au-Prince, Haiti was an enriching experience of interculturality with our sisters from every part of our congregation. We worked hard in listening, understanding, sharing in both large and small groups - with the help of our translator, Paloma, a volunteer from our community in Jean Rabel. Thank God for her and the new translation equipment that Monica and team purchased. A wonderful spirit of bonded us together.
MIGRANT MINISTRY REFLECTIONS - Sr. Norene Costa, RJM
In the darkness of the night, white vans transport migrant families to the shelter. Approximately 125 mothers, fathers and children arrive at the shelter, located in an unoccupied school named in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Upon arrival, there is a background check of the migrants by border officials, followed by a medical examination of each newcomer. What was once a school auditorium now serves as a bedroom furnished with cots and a blanket, but no pillow.
During the Bicentenary we featured contributors’ memories of an RJM who had touched or inspired them in some way. This year’s jubilarians were asked if they had memories to share. Sr. Jackie Picard is the first to reply. Note that all readers of Bridges are warmly invited to contribute. Keep them coming!
February 3rd celebration in Fon Ibo, Haiti for the Feast Day of St. Claudine and the 30th anniversary of the Jesus-Mary School.