Community Flashpoints

  •  The Sisters of Bon Secours of Paris have recently approved a Congregational Corporate Statement on Water that was distributed to all of their constituencies, including their associates, volunteer ministers, the 22,000 Bon Secours Health System employees, and others in their sponsored ministries. With their sisters and associates in Peru, they are beginning a Water With Blessings ministry in Huancayo, where the Sisters staff a school with several hundred children, many of whom miss school days due to dysentery and other water-borne illnesses
  • As Brazil prepares for the World Cup and the Olympics, some UNANIMA communities in Brazil are beginning to examine the topic of “Who Loses in Mega-events?” asking if these big events are in the best interests of working people and the oppressed…and if the state is in the service of corporations, as it evicts the poor from their homes and blocks the livelihood of street vendors, in an attempt to “sanitize” the cities. They warn of an increase in human trafficking and exploitation of women and children, the intensification of land-grabbing and environmental damage, and the over-emphasis on the importance of sports to children.  (by Isabel Miguelez CCV)
  • The Daughters of Wisdom are very active in Madagascar, operating 3 centers for the promotion of women, 3 schools, 2 dispensaries; they work in rural development, prison chaplaincy, environmental issues, with orphans and people who have leprosy. A wide range of ministries!
  • The Salvatorian Sisters of the Congo are young and eager to carry the gospel everywhere.  In 2013, they expanded into a newly-created diocese in Zambia. There they work in education and health care, primarily in a mining city notoriously known as the most polluted city of Africa.