St. Claudine Thévenet, foundress of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, encouraged the sisters in her community to live this excerpt from the Pious Association of the Sacred Heart's Rule of Life: "When we go alone on a long and difficult journey, we soon grow weary ... on the contrary, when several go together, they walk with assurance, courage, and fresh support."
Bearing this in mind, St. Claudine sent the sisters out on mission, and the Religious of Jesus and Mary remain a mission community 200 years after their founding.
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Looking on our world with the eyes of Claudine and responding to its miseries
Gazing upon our world with Claudine’s eyes, being moved as she was by the suffering around her, we beg for the grace to be moved to COMPASSION and ACTION as she was. We are invited to explore the depths of that compassion in ourselves.
The pillar is in Chicano Park under the Coronado Bridge. It depicts the immigrants who have worked in our fields to harvest the food on our table, immigrants who have constructed our buildings, immigrant children who have studied in our schools and religious education programs, immigrants who have died crossing the border through the desert to provide a better life for themselves and their families. The Border Angels have been a presence in the community and along the border wall extending love and compassion - "love has no borders".
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.
Sr. Helen Mary Haigh Provincial of Europe, shared the text of a talk given by one of our Syrian sisters, Sr. Annie Demerjian. During October, Sr. Annie was in England, speaking there to various groups on behalf of her people. An excerpt from her presentation is given below.
“Let me tell you that what we are experiencing in Syria, especially in the city of Aleppo, is indescribable and chilling. All human values given by God to man in order to live in peace and dignity have been obliterated from the scene.