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Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan

I have just returned from the Justice Network Meeting at the Congregation of Notre Dame mother house. The Spirit is not only alive and well among our sisters and associates but also inspiring and challenging. I was especially touched by the reports from Japan and Cameroon; Japan under the burden of the continuing threat of radiation and a sense of abandonment by their government, Cameroon under the terror of suicide bombings begun in the North this summer. Despite these conditions, our sisters and associates in both countries are collaborating on efforts to care for the earth.

Thanks to the associates in Kankakee, I brought a check ($600) for our sisters and associates in Japan. These days are filled with recognition of the 10th anniversary of Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans. I can’t help but remember that next March will be the 5th anniversary of the triple disaster which struck Fukushima and the surrounding area of Japan. I encourage you to continue our solidarity with Japan through the prayer partners we set up. Don’t hesitate even if you haven’t been in touch for a while. It seems as though their government is closing down the support systems established after the earthquake and its aftermath. The attention is now on building for the Olympics! However, the needs are still there.

I was excited by the process in place to reduce the carbon footprint of the mother house. The initial report came up with 95 suggestions! However, it was only available in French. You may be sure you will be hearing more about them when I get the translation. It was inspiring to hear about the overall process especially in view of our Corporate Stance. I am happy to report that the endorsement of the Corporate Stand was nearly 100% in Blessed Sacrament (USA) Province. We will be continuing our focus on the Earth in our next few years. 


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