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Holy Names Sisters welcome Sister Simone Campbell’s sustainability message at Province Chapter meeting
the Inland Register
(From the August 20, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)
Sister Simone Campbell of the Sisters of Social Service addressed the July Chapter meeting of the Holy Names Sisters’ U.S.-Ontario Province in Portland. (IR photo courtesy of the Sisters of the Holy Names)
Over 300 Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) reaffirmed their commitment to personal and communal action on behalf of God’s creation during July’s U.S.-Ontario Province Chapter with a keynote address by Sister Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service and executive director of Nuns on the Bus. Since 2004 she also has served as executive director of NETWORK.
According to NETWORK’s web site, the organization, “(f)ounded by Catholic Sisters in the progressive spirit of Vatican II … works to create a society that promotes justice and the dignity of all in the shared abundance of God’s creation.”
Sister Simone’s talk to SNJM Sisters and Associates in Portland, Ore., focused on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ – On Care for Our Common Home, particularly its emphasis on how climate change disproportionately harms the world’s poor. She reminded listeners that women in Religious life have historically led the charge to affect personal and global transformation through community engagement.
Her encouragement for pro-environment action by SNJM members aligned closely with the Chapter theme, “Choosing Sustainability: Abundant Life for All.” Much of Chapter was devoted to discussion of environmental, economic, social and spiritual aspects of sustainable living.
In addition to the hundreds of Sisters and Associates who attended the five-day Chapter at a hotel near Portland International Airport, dozens more participated via webcast from locations in the United States and Canada, including Spokane and Windsor, Ontario. Several made virtual appearances on video screens around the ballroom, exchanging greetings with their Sisters and contributing thoughts and questions to group discussions.
The sustainability focus at Chapter was rooted in the SNJM mission to support the full development of the human person, as well as the SNJM corporate stand on water as a human right and public good.
For additional information about SNJM involvement in these issues, please see the sustainability section of their website: www.snjmusontario.org.
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