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Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan, CND

I am not sure about all of my companions, but I know I am still marching. September 21 was a marvelous and grace-filled day. Being part of such a peaceful mass of people whose intention was to change the patterns of our treatment of creation was just exhilarating. To do so in such good company was an extra benefit. We were so conscious that we were marching in the name of all of us: Sisters, Associates, Friends, Colleagues, and Students. We made the Congregation of Notre Dame present in an historic event. The marchers in the Congregation of Notre Dame contingent were Sisters Ona Bessette, Eileen Dorney, Kathleen Dorney, Peggy Doyle, Stacy Hanrahan, Joan Mahoney, Pat McCarthy, Rose Mary Sullivan, and Ms. Janet Keogan and Ms. Mary O’Callahan. We were joined by Ms. Monica Lambton, my counterpart in Visitation Province, Sr. Maura McGrath also from Visitation Province, Brigid Doherty from Ontario who is Peace and Justice Coordinator for the Franciscan Sisters and Apraham Niziblian, currently Coordinator of the Congregation of Notre Dame Justice Network. We marched in the Interfaith segment of the March thanks to Sr. Jackie Hanrahan’s registering us with Greenfaith. Elsewhere in the March, wearing a Congregation of Notre Dame banner were Kate Dolan and Regina Sader-Rubenstein, Sr. Kathleen Deignan who marched with Iona Students and Sr. Mary Anne Foley who marched with Scranton Students.

All along the route numbers of people urged us on. Two groups in particular impressed me. As we marched by one part of Central Park, a group of people (about 40) were sitting in prayer and meditation in support of the March’s cause. Further along the route, we passed Bard College where students had huge banners in support of the March hanging from the fifth floor windows. From those same windows, many students engaged the marchers in echo chants.

I know that Sister Maco Cassetta marched in St. Louis; and many of you participated in spirit and by using the prayer Jackie Hanrahan prepared. Thank you for your response. Since the reality of Climate Change is the focus of our Justice Network’s Plan for this year, I will be sharing resources which will help you to continue your efforts to tangibly express your reverence for the gift of creation.


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