Doing more together
California Sister Cathy Waldron, on the Leadership Team for the merged East-West Unit, spoke briefly about the personnel and financial benefits of merging five provinces. More Sisters are serving in active ministry and fewer are needed for leadership responsibilities; other services are being combined. Thanks to technology, she explained, Sisters across the country are able to be in good communication with one another and to benefit from being part of the 450+ Sisters in the new Unit.
Donors were assured that they can still designate their contributions for the Sisters in California.
SNDs are represented at the UN
Sister Jean Stoner joined us by videochat from New York to tell us about her work representing the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at the United Nations. She follows issues related to poverty eradication, rights of women and girls, sustainable development, financing for development, education, and eradication of human trafficking.
When asked about the effect of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.N. last year, she said that beyond the power of his message to the national delegates, she noted the impact of Francis on staff members at the UN. Employees lined the hallways in hopes of seeing him as he walked to the General Assembly Hall. Unlike most others who visit, the Pope took the time to greet and speak with those who work at all levels at the UN.
Sr. Jean has been in her role for six years, and will be returning home to California this fall when her assignment ends. Click here to see Sr. Jean’s blog about her work at the United Nations!
More images from the event – click on a photo to enlarge it!