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Human trafficking is carried out in both rural and urban areas throughout the world. People from all walks of life can get caught up in commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, domestic servitude, forced marriages, and organ harvesting of millions of women, children, and men. Almost a third of all human trafficking victims are children and over 70% are women and girls.
AHA’s invitees Alexis (Eunvee) Kim of Norwood, Amelia Brunda of Paramus, and Joanna Hablitschek of Fort Lee demonstrated some of their favorite projects, which sprang from the Academy’s STREAM curriculum.
Can we SSNDs make our finances work for people and the planet? We are at a point in time where both our people and our planet face severe challenges, including 40 million people living in situations of modern slavery and people being displaced due to climate change.
Twenty participants set out this week on the Heritage Pilgrimage, the fourth component to the AMSSND Ministry Formation Program. Journeying to significant SSND sites in Bavaria, Vienna and Rome, pilgrims will experience first-hand the foundation, internationality and ministries of SSND.
On this World Refugee Day, we pray for the nearly 70 million people around the world who have been forced to leave their homes, including more than 25 million refugees, over half of whom are children. Please watch our video and pray with us.
Following a full day of speakers and Q&A sessions, our group of 24 sisters and colleagues walked through a drizzling cityscape to share a meal and discuss what we as individuals, and members of SSND ministries can do individually and collectively.
We are each on our own spiritual journey, but we have a shared spirit that goes beyond our faith. At an Associate gathering this year, Baltimore Associate Carla Hobson shared the following reflection.
Carrying a cloth bag to the grocery store, instead of accepting a plastic bag from a cashier is a GREEN HABIT that School Sisters of Notre Dame want to encourage everyone to adopt. Take a picture of yourself with a cloth bag and post it on FB with the #ChangetheBag Hashtag!! or send it to us at comm@amssnd.org we will post it here!  ......... Remember plastic bags are significant contributors to global warming and climate change.  They are produced from carbon-based petroleum and emit greenhouses gases when they are exposed to sunlight or begin to degrade, they can take as long 1,000 years to break down; they are composed of very resistant fibers that break into smaller and smaller pieces but do not completely degrade in natural environments, they are contaminating the world’s oceans and the human food chain. According to the Ocean Conservancy, 8 million metric tons of toxic plastic enters the Earth’s oceans every year. Marine animals eat the plastic and then it enters the human food chain. Please "read more" for our links on GREEN Habits and the UN's actions on Climate.
“Shareholders are calling the world’s most powerful companies to address their impacts on the world’s most vulnerable communities.” This is the phrase that caught my attention about 12 years ago when I became a part of the SSND Cooperative Investment Fund.  My role as the Social Responsibility Resource Person involved participating in dialogues concerning a corporation’s environmental and social policies with their executive officers and lawyers.

Shareholder Advocacy: 
A Human Trafficking Committee Member’s Perspective
By Ethel Howley, SSND

On June 5, 2019, a ceremony was held to mark the completion of Phase II of the Independence Place project, which included the total renovation of the former convent and rectory at Blessed Sacrament Parish.
The Adventure to Remember Raffle ends June 26th!! Find out more here
On Saturday, June 8, we are invited to observe World Oceans Day. Our Oceans Are Our Future. They give us both oxygen and inspiration!
Sister Marie Michelle Walsh
Described as “the kind of Sister you wanted to live with,” Sister Marie Michelle was affectionately nicknamed “Mitch” by her companion Sisters. Quiet and unassuming, always pleasant, always grateful, she was the gentlest of souls and was loved by her Sisters.
Sister Clara Beall is one of a six-sister crew that meets up on Mondays to create dinosaurs, dogs and dolls for children in Texas who have been ensnared in the immigration crisis happening all along the Mexico/U.S. border.
Sister Antonina Kratochwil
The Shalom publication for June is this novena to Blessed Sister Maria Antonina, a Patron of Shalom. Thank you to our sisters in the Polish Province for sharing this with the congregation.
See our World Environment Day Video (June 5th) - Learn about the environmental costs of the border wall. -Watch a moving interview with a Dreamer!
We invite you to listen to this conversation between Sister Linda Stilling and Heyssel, a student at NDMU and a DREAMer and we thank you for urging Congress to pass the Dream and Promise Act! H.R 6 Passed in the House!