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Staffs, colleagues, family, friends

The Religious of Jesus and Mary in the United States have always valued collaboration in ministry wherever we have been sent. We have been partners with parish priests, staffs, colleagues, other religious congregations, organizations, family and friends in trying to "…incarnate the grace of pardon and of reconciliation, and to share with the poor and the marginalized the 'new wine of the feast of the kingdom.'"

This partnership is evident in the RJM Haiti Mission. Since 1997, the RJM have ministered in Haiti and are able to do so because of the incredible generosity of donors and benefactors. The many financial contributions from family, friends, former RJMs, colleagues, volunteers, schools, parishes, organizations, et al, help us serve the poor in three areas of Haiti: Port-au-Prince, Gros Morne and Jean Rabel. Our commitment to the poorest country in the western hemisphere remains strong, despite Haiti’s many obstacles, and it is possible because of our generous benefactors and partners in mission, including the presence of volunteers from the USA and from RJM Provinces.

The Washington School for Girls is an example of a partnership that developed from a deep concern for young girls in an underserved urban area and who were at risk of leaving school early. Three organizations: the National Council of Negro Women, the Society of the Holy Child of Jesus, and the Religious of Jesus and Mary established WMSG in 1998. Today the school’s mission is deeply rooted in the heritage of three courageous women and educators: Mary McLeod Bethune, Cornelia Connelly, and Claudine Thevenet. 

 

The RJM continue to be inspired by a citation from one of our founding documents, the Rule of the Pious Association of which Claudine Thevenet was president: "When we go alone on a long and difficult journey, we soon grow tired and have only ordinary and commonplace means for our encouragement; but, when on the contrary, several are together, they go along with assurance and courage and fresh support." [Preamble, Rule – 1816]

Our membership in UNANIMA has shown us the strength of women religious working together with ONE SPIRIT, ONE MISSION, ONE HOPE. We are grateful to be part of this collaborative endeavor and energizing network of social justice and work for systemic change in our world.

Since 1983, we have had special partners linked to the congregation, the RJM Associates, known as the Family of Jesus and Mary. 1615 members belong to the FJM forming 98 groups around the world.

Volunteers for HAITI provides the laity with an opportunity to serve God’s people in the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Volunteers are committed to developing their spirituality, living simply, growing in community and working for social justice that challenges unjust structures. They live with the Religious of Jesus and Mary sisters (RJM’s) and share in their mission.

A vocation is not a single event.  It is a gradual unfolding of our journey in faith during which God invites us to find our distinctive style of loving. Our responsibility is to discern the Spirit’s movements in our heart which lead us to discover how we can best serve God and God’s people; how we can cooperate with God’s love and God’s life within us most generously and most authentically.

The Volunteer Program is an opportunity to open a possible way in the society of walls, of separations and of exclusions, so that persons who are on both sides can relate with one another and express in a tangible way that these paths are possible.