August 6 and 9—World Remembrance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki At 8:16 AM, over Hiroshima on August 6 and at 10:58 AM on August 9 over Nagasaki, in 1945, the course of human history changed forever with the dropping of 2 nuclear bombs during World War II. This violent ushering in of the nuclear age stunned humanity with is overwhelming destructive power. In a single horrible blast, whole cities could be wiped off the face of the earth, and subsequent radiation exposure continued to claim victims even 20-30 years later. Since then, nuclear armed countries have developed even more powerful and [...]
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July 11—World Population Day July 11th, World Population Day, seeks to raise awareness of issues around world population. The world’s population has grown from 3 billion in 1960, to 5 billion in 1987, to about 7 billion now. Despite having the Earth capacity to produce enough food for everyone, the increasing environmental degradation, armed conflicts, and population displacements cause by both of these, makes food growth and distribution difficult. With food and water crises comes additional human rights abuses and further losses of biological diversity needed to maintain a healthy environment. Increasing population also brings growing demands for energy. Even [...]
June 5—World Environment Day Celebrated in 100 countries, the UN’s World Environment Day calls all citizens of the world to raise awareness about the care of Earth. Further, it is a day to foster action to protect the environment. Earth is our mother. She sustains and protects us and all life on our planet. This year, China will host the World Environment Celebrations on June 5th—the theme is air pollution. The main events will be held in Hangzhou, in the province of Zhejiang. China was chosen to host the events because of the great strides they have made over the [...]
Includes information about A Concert of Prayer and Thanksgiving, LCWR Justice Promoters Workshop, Welcome Jarusha Lang, Easter & Earth Day 2019, and NACAR Retreat—2019.
We are happy to honor these wonderful Sisters who will celebrate their 2019 Jubilee. 65 Years Sister Rosemarie Burian Sister Maureen Elfrink Sister Pat Irr 60 Years Sisters Rose Mary Pint Sister Mary Lou Wirtz
Includes information about Troubling the Waters, 2019 Jubilarians, and Feed My Starving Children.
Franciscan Sisters Congregational JPIC Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 2 April 2019 Click here to view the latest JPIC Newsletter.
May 1—International Workers’ Day Also known as May Day, International Workers’ Day honors laborers and workers around the world whose daily work builds and maintains society, economic systems and supports families. Often toiling in obscurity, these workers feed, house and cloth their families, keeping the fabric of the family intact, nurturing the present generation and educating future generations. Workers have often worked in dangerous conditions, risking their health, injury on the job and sometimes even death inorder to earn their daily bread. Since the late 1800’s workers in many countries have managed to organize themselves, making it possible for them [...]
Living Joy Easter 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.” Luke 24:5-6 Triddum and Easter are my favorite time in the Church. Celebrating liturgies during Holy Week have served as an alarm clock for me. A couple of years ago on Palm Sunday, I came down with one of those viruses that knocks one flat. I missed every Holy Week liturgy through Easter Sunday. Being a creature of habit, in a culture of scarcity, I felt lost and rather [...]
Living Prayer Holy Thursday/Good Friday - Lent 2019 By: Jeanne Connolly, Director of Charism and Mission “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do." John 13:15 Two images capture my imagination as I reflect on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The first is the image of Jesus wrapping the towel around his waist and washing the feet of his disciples. A true model of servanthood and leadership. The second image is of Simon of Cyrene, who helped Jesus carry the cross. In the case of Simon of Cyrene, I [...]