Social Justice Focus
Actions for Justice Here and Around the World
San Francisco Presentation Sisters, Associates and Ministry Co-workers strive in our justice endeavors to live and serve with the mind of Nano. We join all Presentation Sisters in the following endeavors.
The Justice Committee is composed of Sisters and Associates who meet monthly to discuss the works of justice in our various ministries and plan future actions and events. If you would like to receive updates and action alerts from the Justice Committee please contact Sister Pat Davis, Justice Committee Chair, at 415-422-5001 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to read the latest issue of Justice Endeavors, the Justice Committee’s monthly newsletter, and learn more about their current work and initiatives.
Justice Action Alerts
International Earth Day
International Mother Earth Day…will be celebrated for the 49th year on April 22nd. The Catholic Climate Covenant has prepared resources to help people of faith explore this year’s theme, Restore Our Common Home, by addressing the call to act notonly to protect but restore God’s gift of creation. Google The Catholic Climate Covenant and see the amazing programs and actions they present.
Earth Day Tribute…Each year Sister Rosemary McKean, Sister Jackieand Sister Rosemary Campi have prepared an Earth Day prayer. Those of us who could would gather at Presentation Center and then at Moss Beach and pray the prayer together. Sister Rosemary created a beautiful Earth Day Prayer booklet and dedicated it to Sisters Jackie and Rosemary. Thank you, Sister Rosemary!
Sisters and Associates combat human trafficking by serving on diocesan committees and other organizations that offer workshops and educational opportunities for people to get involved, retreats for healing women, and a presence at Safe House in San Francisco. Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco is also a sponsoring member of the monthly “Stop Trafficking!” newsletter by the Salvatorian Sisters. Click here to read the latest issue.
If you would like to learn more about this issue and what you can do to help combat it please visit the following links:
- South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking
- Stop Slavery Coalition newsletter (Northern California Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking)
- Polaris Project
- San Francisco Safe House
- Freedom House, San Francisco
- Truth about Human Trafficking
- Video: “Men Who Buy Sex”
- Video: “Freedom for Fishermen!”
The tragedy of Climate Change involves all of us as a key justice issue. We continue to work towards widespread systemic change and more sustainable living through self-education, community workshops, and online petition and letter-writing campaigns. Our Sisters in our Care Center are definitely making a difference. Recently 1000 petitions protesting an increased gas emission’s project made their way to the Livermore Lab.
To learn more about Climate Change and actions you can take please visit the following links:
Our tradition of advocacy for and ministry with immigrant families and their communities continues at our sponsored institution: The Lantern Center in San Francisco. It provides educational opportunities and outreach designed to empower low-income immigrant women and their families. Sisters and Associates also regularly participate in various rallies and marches for immigrant and human rights.
To learn more about issues impacting immigrant communities and ways you can help please visit the following links:
Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist
Additionally, Sister Kathleen Curtin, PBVM has been serving as an advisor to the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, an indigenous Guatemala Religious Community whose Mother House is located in San Andres Semetabaj, Solola, Guatemala since 1991.
The community was originally founded in 1975 by Sister Tonia Orland, a Sister of the Presentation. Madre Tonia pronounced her perpetual vows as a Missionary Sister of the Eucharist in 1995. She passed away on November 11, 2000.
Since that time the community has grown. The current membership is 36 Perpetually Vowed, 9 with Temporary Vows, 2 Novices, 5 Postulants and 4 Aspirants.The Sisters are Mayan and speak the languages of their people which makes it possible to serve the Church in the Highlands. They have 9 missions in Guatemala and 1 mission in Houston, Texas serving the homeless there.
One of their nine missions in Guatemala is their home for abandoned elderly women, Nueva Esperanza (New Hope). One of Sister Kathleen’s projects is to help with funding. The home is located high in the mountains outside Guatemala City. There are 6 sisters who serve and live there giving loving dignified cared to 17 elderly women who would have died alone in conditions of poverty or on the streets. The home is sustained solely by donations as there are no government resources for the poor elderly.
In 2001, three (3) of the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, accompanied by Sister Kathleen Curtin, PBVM, accepted the invitation to serve the homeless at Magnifcat Houses in Houston, Texas. Sisters Cristina and Leocadia continue the development of their community’s foundation in the USA serving those most in need in Houston, Texas.
Empowering Those in Need
Nano’s spirit is also felt through our Sisters’ service at St. Mary’s Center in Oakland where homeless seniors are offered multiple services beyond meals including some housing and St. Anthony’s Foundation in San Francisco where those in need are fed, clothed, healed and uplifted. Sisters and Associates also prepare and distribute lunches for day laborers through the Day Laborer program hosted at Saint Anthony Parish.
Additionally, our sponsored institution, Presentation High School in San Jose, has an ongoing schedule of outreach to various agencies that serve those in need and a yearly Lenten project that sends thousands of dollars to at risk communities in Nicaragua and Guatemala. The school also sponsors immersion trips that provide students with hands-on service opportunities working in a variety of settings including California’s farming areas, our ESL-Literacy Centers, local homeless centers and dining rooms, and rural communities in Nicaragua.
The International Presentation Association (IPA) is a networking of the various congregations of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary around the world, formed to foster unity and to enable collaborations for the sake of mission, which is to speak and act in partnership with others for global justice from a contemplative stance in a spirit of oneness with the whole of creation. (2017 IPA Assembly)
Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco, are active in the work of the IPA. Learn more and in their latest newsletter and on the website: http://internationalpresentationassociation.org/about.
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