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Featuring the Vedruna Sisters

Beginning with this edition of the UNANIMA International updates, we will feature a different member congregation each month and its UNANIMA-related activities. This month we are featuring the Carmelite Sisters of Charity Vedruna.

In today’s world, the Vedruna Sisters have chosen three priorities:

  • Where life is threatened, the Vedruna communities wish to be a presence and an action that promotes the culture of peace and non-violence and supports the groups that are in situations of frontier and risk…
  • Where there is unsustainable damage to our eco-system, the Vedruna communities feel urged to revive ecological awareness and use all their capacities to encourage every seed of life and give impulse to sustainable development…
  • Where there is a deep emptiness of meaning in life created by consumerist and materialist life styles in progressively secular societies, the Vedruna communities feel challenged to offer with transparency and simplicity the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus, as a way that leads to true life.

Four recent ways in which the Vedruna Sisters have reflected the mission of UNANIMA in their ministries:

Children in a Vedruna school in Brazil celebrate the UN International Day of Peace

The young people from St. Joaquina Parish in Brazil put their hands on the flag as a symbol of their rejection of the violent deaths of young people.

As UNANIMA members the CCVs were instrumental in bringing the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Raquel Rolnik, to visit several communities living in precarious situations in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her report (in Spanish) can be accessed on our website.

Covadonga Orejas CCV, who has worked in the refugee camps of the Congo, represented UNANIMA at the 4-8 October 2010 session of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. In a detailed report, she shared the contents of the meeting and also some reflections about how UNANIMA can really become a contributing member of the NGOs working to inform the work of this committee.  Her report (in Spanish) can be accessed on our website.