The problem of human trafficking, the subject of the first Corporate Stand taken by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, is still as disturbing as ever. At a recent meeting, the coordinators of two organizations (CATHII and Quebec Coalition against Human Trafficking), supported by several religious communities, clarified the role of each of these organizations. They especially emphasized the need to sustain close collaboration with resource persons and organizations in order to better assist victims of human trafficking, as evidenced. . .
After the unveiling of the overwhelming 1,800-page Biodiversity Report, which revealed that 75% of the earth's environment has been "seriously damaged" because of human activity, it is possible that the joint experiment of Collège Durocher-Saint-Lambert in collaboration with the Cricket Farm, run by the Friends of the Montreal Insectarium, is one possible solution to consider. . .
The new SNJM archives exhibition illustrates how the SNJM approach to education has been groundbreaking. It demonstrates how the Sisters have been able to respond to the aspirations of their students by focusing on the full development of the human person. This exhibition certainly helps us to realize that the mission of education continues to flourish, even today, because of institutions created by SNJM’s. . .
The importance of dialogue and interdependence has marked our Congregation’s commitment to the building of a more just world. The experience of the six meetings on interreligious dialogue opened "our eyes, minds and hearts”. Learn more about this series of meetings with Jewish, Christian (Anglican and Orthodox) and Muslim women. . .
A portion of the porcelain works by Joséphine Viau, a student who became an SNJM Sister, will be exhibited as part of the temporary exhibition, presented all summer long, in the museum of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Cocathedral. This is a great opportunity to become familiar with this demanding decorative art, at a time when the majority of objects are now machine-crafted. Works by Joséphine Viau and other SNJM artists are also on display at the Congregational House. . .
The integration experience of the two Syrian families welcomed in Longueuil is progressing well. The positive news reported by Chemins d'accueil de Longueuil (The Longueuil Welcoming Committee) nourishes our hope. The news also reminds us of the determination and resilience of refugees who face daily challenges in order to adapt to a new environment, far from their families. . .
The 63rd UN (United Nations) Commission on the Status of Women revealed the fact that many advances have been made worldwide to promote social inclusion and women’s equality. However, it also shed light on the extent of the work still needed in order to achieve real equality. For several years now, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary have been sending two delegates to the Commission. Find out more about this week - rich in information, full of challenges and possible solutions. . .
Each year, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) and their Associates organize awareness-raising activities related to the campaign sponsored by Development and Peace. In the spring of 2019, three members of the SNJM Justice and Peace Committee of Quebec offered sessions on the theme Share the Journey. At two meetings, held on March 7 and 14, Sisters Jeanne Dagenais and Phyllis Douillard, accompanied by Ms. Dorothy Guha, presented information on a very troubling issue: forced migration. Read more about these meetings. . .
"Jesus does not resurrect for himself but for us. He wants to show us the way to resurrection," writes Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche. To learn more...
The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary recently honored Sr. Olivette Blais, our newest centenarian. The combination of many testimonies and the sharing of moving memories, along with a beautiful surprise highlighted this woman who knows how to live contemplation in action.