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WASHINGTON – The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur re-elected Sister Teresita Weind, a member of the order’s Ohio Province, left, as the congregational leader for a term of six years. Delegates also elected a leadership team during the congregation’s general chapter from July 12 through Aug. 2 at Trinity University in Washington, D.C.  The leadership team comprises, from left, Sisters Maureen White (USA), Masheti Wangoyi (Kenya), Patricia O’Brien (Britain) and Liliane Sweko, (Democratic Republic of Congo).

The delegates also committed the congregation to be women of justice and peace amid the violence and inequality of our times.

Chapter delegates were members of leadership teams and elected delegates from 18 provinces from 14 countries on five continents.

Every six years, the congregation convenes a general chapter as the highest decision-making body for the Sisters internationally.

Chapter delegates shaped future directions, with concrete steps for implementation, and determined priorities for the next six years for more than 1,300 members. Considering the diminished value of human life, the destruction of the Earth and intolerance toward people perceived to be different, the delegates included personal and collective responsibility in movement forward through action for justice.

Founded in 1804 in Amiens, France, by Saint Julie Billiart (1751-1816), the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur serve in a variety of ministries with associates, co-workers and volunteers in Africa, Asia, Europe, North, Central and South America.

The Congregation strives to respond, through education and programs for social justice, to the needs of people around the world, especially those living in poverty.

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alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.