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Breaking the Silence Network Celebrates 25 Years of Solidarity

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Breaking the Silence (BTS) is a voluntary network of people in the Maritimes who in 1988 began to organize to support the efforts of Guatemalans struggling for political, social and economic justice.

On Wednesday, September 10th our administration team welcomed Kathryn Anderson, founding member, and Sister Mary Corbett, CND, long-time member and supporter, to give us an overview of the very important work of this network. Through their informative presentation we heard how closely connected the Congregation of Notre Dame Sisters have been with the work of BTS since its beginning days. Mary has been involved in Project Accompaniment and has led many delegations to Guatemala since the 1990’s. We have supported many of the young interns in participating in this leadership and solidarity program through our CND bursaries. They continue to share their gifts here in Canada. Kathryn reminds us: “As you in the Congregation of Notre Dame well know, the work of solidarity is not finished.”

This network believes and lives deeply the experience of “Right Relationship” described in our Direction Statement and we are grateful to play a small part in supporting its continued growth.

The “great work” of transformation involves all of us, how we live faithfully in the here and now. It is a long, steady and challenging path to transform unjust systems in our world. We are most grateful to Kathryn and Mary for reminding us to be persevering in our commitment to the work of solidarity and justice.


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