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When we see statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary or depictions of her in various artworks, we are accustomed to seeing her looking down at us, such a motherly gesture. Here, we see her gazing upwards. The Church affirms her exaltedness as the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven.
Sister Clara and I became friends in recent years as she joined me in my efforts to be of support to immigrant families suffering on the southern border of the USA.
Sister M. Joanne Brigan, SSND
Always focused on taking care of others, Joanna is remembered by her Sisters as kind, cheerful, and solicitous of their physical needs, her outgoing and friendly spirit endeared her to the many people she encountered in her 60 plus years as an SSND. May Joanna rest in peace and intercede for us.
In Japan and around the world, people gather in early August to float lanterns in remembrance of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all victims of war, and all who have gone before us.
New resources and actions! Information on Race, Season of Creation, Dreamers and more! Get involved and make a difference, your voice matters in today's world.
The four commitments of the AMSSND province—universal access to clean water, justice for immigrants, the end of human trafficking, and sustainable development in Haiti—are interwoven in a variety of ways. One critical link between them is racism. Working toward each of these goals will require us to dismantle the racist systems that oppress people of color.
Sister M Jean Francis Stenger
In 1949, Sister Jean Francis was assigned to the new mission in Yona on the island of Guam. The first trip involved several airplane mishaps, including having a goonie bird (a type of albatross) fly into one of the propellers.
Rosalita McNamee, SSND
Two months after her 100th birthday, Sister Rosie said her final yes to God. A native New Yorker, she reminisced about going to the lower East Side in the mid-1930s, where she was inspired by meeting Dorothy Day. Her life long ministry was in helping those with special needs.
Sister Jenny VandenBergh
In her junior year of high school, Jenny decided on her vocation, even though she had little contact with SSND outside of religion classes, and she expected a negative reaction from her mother.
Undocumented students occupy a very precarious and uncertain position. Many fear for their own safety and well-being. Others are left to wonder what the future may hold, or if they will be able to enjoy the opportunities a college education can provide.
The United Nations designated July 30 as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.” As challenging as this is ordinarily, it is that much more difficult during a global pandemic.

A year of celebrations of the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on the care of our Common Home

On Sunday, July 26, the Class of 2020, the last graduating class of the Institute of Notre Dame (IND) held their commencement. It took place outdoors on the grounds of Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Sophia Luongo
On the sultry, sunny morning of July 28, the Academy of the Holy Angels hosted an in-person graduation for the 124 members of the Class of 2020. The Academy’s 140th graduation exercises, held on the Demarest campus, were the realization of many months of cautious planning set in motion by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On July 30, we will observe the World Day against Trafficking in Persons—a day to recommit ourselves to anti-trafficking efforts, to pray for the 40.3 million trafficking victims, and to honor the survivors of modern-day slavery.
Visitors to Lagonav, Haiti, remember sitting in circles outside or on hard wooden benches inside simple churches. Often they watched Freda Catheus facilitate gatherings aimed at bringing about social change in Haiti.  
Sister Pat received a "Congratulations" balloon, a beautiful bouquet of fresh and colorful flowers, posters for her room and window, cupcakes for all of the Sisters in RLC, and a special "70" cupcake.
So far, more than 3,000 people have committed to the Season of Creation. Thousands of our sisters and brothers are choosing action rather than despair, hope rather than gloom. Let us spread the word and commit to the Season of Creation!
Please consider joining the Catholic Climate Covenant for a webinar July 30th at 2:00pm (EST), entitled "Faithful Recovery in a Time of Climate Change."

Click here for the online Gospel Fund Booklet listing all the grantees for 2020.