- Two Sisters of Saint Anne went to Haiti to see how the sisters there were affected by Hurricane Matthew. The sisters were not hurt, but have horrifying memories of those hours from 11 p.m. to sunrise, and reported that 90% of everything west05 of Les Cayes was destroyed or badly damaged. Pastel-colored homes, small businesses, churches, schools, and hospitals lost roofs and were damaged by wind and rain. The beautiful silhouettes of palm trees against the Caribbean sky have been replaced by miles and miles of dead branches on tilted tree trunks waiting to fall. Coastal fishing villages literally washed away into the sea. UNANIMA staff and members continue their prayers for Haiti!
- The Notre Dame de Sion community of Birmingham, England support and volunteer at St Chad’s Sanctuary in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, where there is a place of welcome and hospitality for asylum seekers and refugees, especially those who are destitute and have no public funds. Through the initiative of a Sister of the Infant Jesus, this project has been run by volunteers for five years, and supported by the Cathedral, the Salvation Army, parishes and other donors. The Sion Sisters’ parish has ‘adopted’ this Centre, regularly giving time, food and clothing. The volunteers welcome many people daily, listen to their stories, meet some of their needs, and offer English classes.
- UNANIMA Board member for the Holy Union Sisters Mary Jean Audette SUSC (pictured) was one of a three-member team who
prepared a display of 50 unique photographs accompanied by quotations and reflections on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. Mary Jean wrote the original reflections and assembled appropriate quotes from Scripture and from Laudato Si’ to accompany each of the photos. The display, originally scheduled for two weeks, has now become a permanent exhibit in the Welcome Center at the National Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette in Attleboro, Massachusetts USA.
- Water With Blessings continues to be a focus for several UNANIMA congregation activities: Bon Secours Sister Fran Gorsuch CBS and 2 associates went to Peru in August to spend 10 days distributing water filters and doing education on the Zika virus among Peruvian CBS communities. (WWB was founded by Ursuline sister Larraine Lauter OSU)
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL OF US AT UNANIMA!
Teresa, Michele, Jean, Stacy, Deya, Ces, Noeli