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Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM)

This year the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of their foundress, BlessedMarie-Rose Durocher. Although she lived only 6 years after founding the congregation (1843) in Longueuil in the province of Quebec, Canada, her spirit, vision and dedication to the Gospel continues to inspire Sisters, Associates and Partners in Ministry. “I have come to cast fire on the earth and how I wish it were already blazing” (Luke 12:49) was a favorite scriptural passage and gave her energy to dedicate herself and her community to educating young girls and caring for the poor. This passage has become an inspiration and a challenge for all SNJMs.

Over the years, the Congregation has expanded the idea of teaching to include formal as well as informal education, pastoral and social work, spirituality, the arts, scholarly research, promotion of justice and community organizing. SNJMs now serve in Brazil, Canada, Nicaragua, Peru, the United States, South Africa and Lesotho (Africa).

Because our world is much in need of justice and compassion, SNJMs work together in the Congregation through the SNJM Justice Network and with local, national and international groups to promote human rights, alleviate poverty and present nonviolent solutions to problems.

The Congregation has committed itself to focus its justice efforts through congregational Corporate Stands*.  Through the Corporate Stand against Human Trafficking, SNJMs support human rights by opposing trafficking in women and children for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor.  The Corporate Stand on Water challenges SNJMs and others to protect and defend the proposition that water is a human right and public good.

SNJMs are grateful to the members of the Religious Congregations that participate in UNANIMA International as our collaborative work at the United Nations and on justice and human rights issues has been strengthened by the work of this Coalition and reflects well the spirit of interdependence among us.   In addition to its affiliation to UNANIMA International, the SNJM Congregation participates in two other non-Governmental Organizations: Development and Peace based in Canada and the Transformation Resource Centre in Lesotho, Africa.

*If you are interested in the SNJM Corporate Stand materials, please contact Barbara Pavlic, snjm, UNANIMA Board Member, through the UI website at [email protected] .