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Rose Mary Sullivan, CND

Photo: Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan and Sr. Jackie Hanrahan 

We are winding down the Have a Heart Campaign. We received many notes for our brothers and sisters in detention. We have raised money to be used in collaboration with First Friends, the group which is actively working with immigrants in metro NY detention sites. There are a few more promised donations to come. Our sisters, associates, local Congregation of Notre Dame Communities, former CND sisters, family and friends of CND sisters, several schools, parishes in Norwalk, Kankakee, and Bourbonnais have generously responded to the Campaign. I was especially touched by a letter from a parishioner from Maternity Parish in Bourbonnais who reminded me that the novitiate used to be in her parish and that she loved attending the CND ceremonies held in her church! Her letter and several notes spoke of gratitude to be able to do something in the face of the growing ugly prejudice against immigrants. On April 6, Sr. Marilyn Medinger and I will meet with Sr. Regina Holtz of First Friends to strategize as to the best way to use our funds and to get information on “Packing Day” – the day the materials are packaged for distribution. I hope some of us can go to Kearny, New Jersey to help on that day. I firmly believe this campaign gives concrete and specific expression to our commitment to dare to live interculturally and to go to the peripheries. May we continue to walk where we talk. Thank you for Having a Heart.

On March 22nd. and 23rd , Sr. Cathy Molloy and I attended the Trinity Institute in NYC. The Topic was “Water Justice”. I heard Sr. Mary Mazza was there too. Monica Lambton, my Canadian counterpart, also attended. I received an email from Sr. Josephine Badali who participated in the Institute at a Satelite Site in Texas. She saw Sr. Cathy and me when the cameras panned the NY participants. It was an excellent conference and the presentations will be available on line. Specific information will follow.

TAKEN FROM THE CATHOLIC CLIMATE COVENANT

Mark your calendar for April 29, 2017! It's the date of the People's Climate Mobilization. On April 29, consider joining other Catholics and people of faith in a massive, nationwide series of marches and local actions calling upon Congress to take action on climate change and create sustainable jobs, healthier communities, and a better future. While the Catholic Climate Covenant is not an official organizing sponsor of the march, we wish to ensure that a strong Catholic voice is heard at the gathering and by our elected officials. We invite you to join us and other Catholics to lift up both creation and the poor. We hope you will walk side by side with us here in Washington D.C. and then join us afterward for fellowship and reflection.

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITY: If you are traveling to Washington, we strongly encourage you to make the most of your time by meeting with your Senators and Representative on Friday, April 28th. For those interested, Catholic Climate Covenant will offer an advocacy training session on Friday morning, April 28th. We will keep you updated of any march and/or training plans. If traveling to Washington D.C is not possible, or if the carbon footprint of a trip would run counter to our message, stay at home and help build local events where you live. To find more information on local marches go to:

https://peoplesclimate.org/sister-marches/

Examples below:

Support The People's Climate Movement 2017 March April 29, 2017 • 10:00 AM- 2:00PM

In front of Books on the Common Bailey Ave and Main St. Ridgefield, CT 06877

2017 NESSBE: Health of Place April 29, 2017 • 1:00 PM-1:20 PM

Kroon Hall195 Prospect Street New Haven, CT 06513

Thank you for doing what you do. Rose Mary Sullivan, CND

 

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