Monday Starter: A new association will promote ecological and missionary synodality
Editor’s note: Global Sisters Report’s Monday Starter is a weekly feature from GSR staff writers that summarizes news from or about nuns that you might otherwise have missed.
Terra e Missione, a new association founded for “missionary collaboration and integral ecology,” plans to tap into a network of news, projects and stories to support the ongoing mission to care for and protect creation, according to A press release. Its new website was launched on February 20.
Two sisters are among the eight founding members of Terra e Missione: Sr. Claudia Jiménez, Sister of Charity of Goodness and Perpetual Help, and Sr. Maria Rosa Venturellim, Sister of Mount Calvary. The headquarters of the group is at the house of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rome.
The association, which is a continuation of an online magazine of the same name, aims to work with various missionary institutions “to foster training, awareness and advocacy, to share experiences and build bridges of fraternity”, continuing “the synodal invitation to ‘walk together’ as a church,” the press release reads.
Religious congregations are among 12 institutions that have taken up the challenge of “walking together” by contributing to the magazine’s spirituality column:
- the Comboni Missionary Sisters;
- the Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary;
- the Consolata Sisters;
- the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cabrinians);
- the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate (PIME Sisters);
- the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Egypt;
- Clarist Franciscan Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament; and
- the Missionary Sisters of Saint Charles Borromeo (Scalabrinians).
Male organizations include Friars Minor, Jesuits, Comboni Missionaries and the Society of African Missions.
Collaborative initiatives will take place in the coming months, including the “Via Lucis itinerante” in August, during which young people will travel 14 stages in 14 cities to explore solidarity, the Gospel and technology.
The link between seafood and modern slavery
As Catholics increase fish consumption during Lent, anti-trafficking sisters aim to educate consumers about the link between the fish they eat and the human rights abuses and violations they suffer sometimes fishermen.
An upcoming webinar – “Freedom for Fisherman: The Truth about your Lenten Fish” – will highlight this, led by Martha Mendoza, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Associated Press. Mendoza and his reporting team’s investigation into Thailand’s seafood trade eventually freed 2,000 men who had been enslaved in the industry, “in some cases for decades, whipped with stingray tails if they asked for a rest, risking being murdered by captains if they failed to please,” according to the webinar description.
In his presentation, Mendoza will lift the curtain on his team’s reporting process that led to dozens of people being jailed, new legislation and an appreciation for the link between food consumption and modern slavery.
The webinar begins at 4 p.m. EST on February 23. Click here to join.
The General Council of Adrian’s Dominican Sisters issued a statement in defense of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, which conservative groups accuse of coordinating with the Biden administration to foment chaos at the border for profit.
The sisters’ Feb. 17 statement, which called the work at the border a “gospel-based humanitarian ministry,” said they were “deeply disturbed by the vitriolic attacks” on the agency in Brownsville, where the Missionary of Jesus Sr. Norma Pimentel is the Executive Director of its Humanitarian Respite Center.
Michigan-based Adrian Dominicans note that the recipients of the “severe attacks” include Dominican Sr. Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, as well as Pimentel.
“We are honored to stand in solidarity with our sisters Donna and Norma and all those with whom and to whom they so compassionately serve out of fidelity to our Catholic faith and our Judeo-Christian tradition,” the council wrote.
“We pray for an end to the pettiness that seems to have taken hold of so many in our country and for a softening of hearts that will allow us all to enter into honest encounters, as sisters and brothers created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27), seeking understanding and respectful engagement with one another.”