Sisters in Eco-village
SAINT LOUIS – An inter-community house of younger religious has been established with in the Dogtown Ecovillage – an urban sustainable neighborhood project in St. Louis. Read about the move-in and follow the developments on the community blog….
Sustainability: Small Steps, Giant Leaps
SAINT LOUIS – This fall, Fontbonne University’s Dedicated Semester will focus on Sustainability: Small Steps, Giant Leaps. This topic will be launched at the university’s academic convocation and will feature guest speaker Jean Ponzi, a green spokesperson and the host of Earthworms on local radio station KDHX. Ponzi will address the community with her speech titled Green Goes with Everything: Perspectives on Sustainable Living for Human Beings. Read more…
Death Penalty Advocacy
NEW ORLEANS – Sister Helen Prejean is one of the world’s most well-known anti-death penalty activists. As a Catholic nun, she began her prison ministry more than 30 years ago. She is the author of the best-selling book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. The 20th anniversary edition of the book was just published. The book’s been translated into numerous languages and turned into an opera, a play and an Academy Award-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Prejean is also the founder of Survive, a victims’ advocacy group in New Orleans. She continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but also the families of murder victims. Read more…. Audio interview….
EGYPT – Sisters of St. Joseph of the Lyon Congregation in Egypt report that their school in Minya that was targeted and pillaged by the Muslim Brotherhood. May we keep them and all the people of Egypt in prayer.
Sister Catherine Barange, Lyon Superior General said that our 16 sisters in Egypt are safe. They were in Cairo on retreat when the Muslim Brotherhood targeted their school in Minya. They pillaged and set fire to the oldest parts of the house, burned cars and school buses. The sisters’ house was not too heavily damaged. The sisters are staying in Cairo for now.
Our sisters in Egypt work in education, catechesis, pastoral and retreat work. They also provide hospitality to university students.
Let us continue to pray for a peaceful and just resolution to this horrible tragedy. This tragedy is all the more poignant because of the great harmony that has existed between the sisters and Muslims in their area.
Tireless Refugee Advocate
SOUTH AUSTRALIA – Sister Pat Sealey recently received the Joy Noble Award, the highest recognition given to an individual volunteer in South Australia for her tireless commitment to help refugees establish their legal status and make a new life in Australia. Jenny Brinkworth writes how Sr Pat is giving today’s most vulnerable people an Australian welcome and fair go. Read more….
Canadian Federation Has a New Home
CANADA – In August, the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada moved its Office to the Toronto School of Theology building, within the University of St. Michael’s College campus at the University of Toronto. Here, as well as being the home of the Toronto School of Theology, space is licensed to a number of independent faith-based organizations. We look forward to being part of this community.
Telephone, email and website remain as before. Mailing address:
Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada
47 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C3
Staff:Sister Nancy Sullivan, Interim Executive Director
Ms Margaret Magee, Administrative Coordinator
“Like” the Annecy Sisters
We’d like you all to check out our new website aimed specifically at women who may be considering their future being in religious life. And if you know someone who is thinking about it tell them to have a look too please!
UK – The Medaille Trust was founded in 2006 by a number of religious congregations in response to the plight of thousands of people who are being trafficked into the UK each year. The Trust was established as a charity and opened its first safe house in January 2007. A major part of the Trust’s work is to raise awareness of the plight of those who are enslaved and exploited in the trafficking industry, and campaign on their behalf. Read more….