Published: 04 December 2019
Wednesday 27th of November 2019, Solidarity with South Sudan held its Annual General Meeting in Rome at the Christian Brothers. Sister Pauline Robinson and Sister Danielle Julien, outgoing Solidarity Vice-President, participated in the Meeting.
Solidarity with South Sudan is a miracle: despite an extremely difficult context of violent political unrest, our programs continue and have a lasting impact at the individual level of the participants (teachers, nurses, midwives, farmers, pastoral agents) and the communities where our Institutes are and where our graduates return to work.
The Annual General Meeting included conversations about how to strengthen Solidarity’s relationships, especially with the Congregations that form its membership, and how to move towards a successful transition.
Solidarity with South Sudan needs Religious brothers and sisters to continue preparing in South Sudan the transition of our institutions and programs to the local Church. We are also actively recruiting a religious to take on the position of Mission Promoter, based in Rome. Visit Solidarity’s website for more information.
About Solidarity South Sudan
This initiative was inspired by the 2004 Rome Congress on Consecrated Life, Passion for Christ Passion for Humanity. Since 2008, five inter congregational religious communities welcoming lay volunteers have been established in South Sudan to carry out its mission.
Pope Francis recently called on religious to “Wake up the World”. Perhaps it would be more true to say that the poor who suffer from injustice are “waking up our world”. We are 31 clergy, religious and lay persons from 18 countries and 19 congregations. Our task is to accompany and be in solidarity with the people of South Sudan in this time of desperate need. Solidarity with South Sudan, as an organization, and its generous donor partners and supporters from all over the world enables us to do so!
Solidarity with South Sudan aims to create self-sustainable educational, health and pastoral institutions and programs that will help to empower South Sudanese people to build a just and peaceful society. Solidarity is a collaborative commitment of religious institutes of men and women, members of the Unions of Superiors General and the Church in South Sudan working in partnership with the Sudan Catholic Bishop‘s Conference.
Vision and Values
Through Solidarity with South Sudan’s focus on teacher training, nursing and midwife training and pastoral services, the organization has as its fundamental vision three very inter-related qualities:
1) the offering of educational and capacity building opportunities for South Sudanese
2) a unique collaboration and commitment of religious congregations and highly trained people from diverse cultures working together in community
3) the creation of a strategy built upon collaboration and experience in-country, and in Solidarity’s headquarters in Rome, to gradually hand-over the programs to South Sudanese Church and Religious Institutions present in the country.
Solidarity with South Sudan–from its Board members, office staff and the personnel working in the country, is built upon a foundation of fundamental and practiced values:
- recognition of the dignity of each person,
- acknowledgment of vulnerability and powerlessness: placing ourselves at the service of the people of South Sudan.
- appreciation and respect for local cultures
- mutuality and understanding
- proclamation of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ through our community life together, our life witness and committed action.
- solidarity and accompaniment.
- Peace-building, hope and reconciliation