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The majority of our sisters in Canada are no longer to physically participate in ministry to the poor and marginalized. However, as a Governance Circle they Sisters in Canada continue to support ministry to the poor and marginalized.
SOPAR is one of the organizations that the Canadian Governance Circle has supported financially for several years. Among the many projects of this association, two of them overlap our priorities as FMIC.
The first project concerns women whose spouses die. In India, these widows become outcasts, the ones that attract bad luck. Often denied by their families, they end up on the street, sometimes with children and without any resources ! SOPAR employees, in collaboration with many Aboriginal religious communities, support these women by setting up workshops where they first learn to write, as most of them are illiterate; they are also helped to develop their talents, think about a source of income and develop their self-confidence. Sewing workshops, maintenance of small gardens whose products they can sell, these are some of the activities that will enable them to become more independent and send their children to school...
Another project also caught our attention: promoting access to drinking water. Often, part of the day for these women is spent getting water. SOPAR staff help build wells in small villages and teach villagers how to maintain them. This year, 61 wells, 88 water purification systems and 5 tanks were built. What is interesting about this project is the commitment of the whole village to take care of this essential resource and the possibility of replacing some parts that break.
These projects for the rehabilitation of marginalized people and also for concrete commitment on the ground are in line with our priorities and give rise to a new Hope! Thus, the Kingdom is built, day after day...
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The women of Papua New Guinea (PNG) endure some of the most extreme levels of violence in the world. They continue to be attacked with impunity despite their government’s promises of justice. The situation has been described as a humanitarian disaster yet still does not receive the broader public attention it deserves, inside or outside PNG. It is also a significant obstacle to PNG’s development and prosperity.
Our sisters provide shelter and support for the women of Papua New Guinea in their area.
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The Social Apostolate in Savannah has been reaching out to and trying to empower people who are homeless and at-risk of homelessness since 1968 under the guidance of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters. The center provides a wide variety of services. One of their goals always is to fill the gaps in services that prevent someone from moving forward on the path to self-sufficiency. To accomplish this goal one of our most successful programs has been the Birth Certificate/ID Program. Clients are hleped by processing the paperwork and paying all fees, thus providing them with documents they need to find employment and apply for many other services and programs.
The team at the Social Apostolate believes that as they serve each client they are serving Jesus. (Matthew 25:40 “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”).Because of this belief each client is treated with the respect they deserve as a child of God.
St. Clare's Center and Neighbors in Need, sponsored by St. Teresa Church, Albany, GA
Sisters Maura Molloy, MFIC and Alphonsina Molloy,MFIC
Catholic Social Services of Augusta
Director, Sr. Janet Roddy, MFIC
St. Francis Center- CSS
Sr. Nuala Mulleady MFIC, Director
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The following message comes from a gathering of different religious communities united in the mission of non-violence.
A message of Nonviolence from Consecrated Life to our Religious communities, the Churches and the People of South Sudan, to our Friends and Supporters and all People of Good Will.
We, members of the Religious Superiors’ Association of South Sudan (RSASS), who came together for a workshop on Consecrated Life and the RSASS Annual General Assembly 2017 at the Good Shepherd Peace Centre, in Kit (Juba), from 24th – 29th April 2017, have reflected on active nonviolence and on Pope Francis’ letter ‘Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace’ in the hope to contribute with a positive response to the challenges of South Sudan today. Faithful to our call by God and to the Charism of our Congregations, we wish to send out this message of nonviolence at the conclusion of our meeting to our brothers and sisters in our Religious communities, to the Churches and the people of South Sudan, to our friends and supporters and all people of good will.
Sisters Bakita, pictured with a small group, Sister Mary and Sr. Helen work and minister in Yambio in the South Sudan. There ministries include, education, peace-making, ministry to women and children and much more.