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The Sisters of the Holy Names pray for a fair, practical, binding and universal agreement on climate change

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Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, November 30, 2015 – The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) ask the general public, their members and friends to join them in praying that the United Nations Conference on Climate Change manages to come together to develop a fair, practical and legally binding agreement.

To pray in an informed manner
The SNJM's Justice and Peace Network also encourages everyone to become more informed about and to reflect on the issue of climate change from a spiritual perspective. The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, an SNJM sponsored NGO, has developed two educational guides to help inform and structure this reflection:
• "Climate Change: Our Call to Conversion" a booklet offering four training sessions on climate change
• A new "Laudato Si' Reflection Guide", which provides additional information along with extracts from "Laudato Si' " Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and issues of human ecology. The guide is intended to help facilitate understanding of Pope Francis' message.

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A strong presence at the 4th World March of Women

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The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM)

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Longueuil, Quebec, Canada - October 21 - An SNJM delegation of about 50 women, a good number over 80, join thousands of other women to walk the streets of Trois-Rivières as part of the 4th World March of Women. Colourful posters and a catchy slogan drew attention to their participation in the March.

Opposed to the traffic in human beings
The Sisters of the Holy Names use the opportunity to denounce the traffic in human beings. In an effort to promote human rights and to combat the traffic in women and children and their sexual exploitation, or forced labour, the Congregation took a position on the issue in 2004. Dedicated to the struggle, the Congregation works on its own and in collaboration with other organizations to promote policies and programs to put an end to the illegal traffic in human beings.

An ongoing struggle
During the March, the SNJM were particularly touched by the support and solidarity shown indigenous women. Sr. Denise Riel, the SNJM's Quebec provincial facilitator, was particularly struck by one of the placards that read "If we are to stay standing, we need to keep moving".

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Committed to solidarity, the Sisters of the Holy Names will participate in the World March of Women

MMF3Sisters Pauline Labbé, Yolande Moreau and Gabrielle Brunet are cutting pennants for the World March of Women.

The public is invited to lend its support to participants on October 17.

Longueuil, Quebec, Canada – October 14, 2015 – Building on their commitment to advance the cause of women throughout the world, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary will participate in the fourth edition of the World March of Women, which will take place in Trois-Rivières on October 17.

The Sisters, many of whom are over 80, have chartered a 56 passenger bus to bring them to the March. The Quebec SNJM sisters will be joining an international delegation of sisters from Lesotho, Peru, the United States and Manitoba. Together, they will demonstrate their solidarity with the cause of women and with the theme of this year's March, "Reclaiming Our Bodies, Our Territories, Our Communities!"

Preparations well under way
The Congregation and all of its participating sisters, consecrated persons and associates are actively involved in a solidarity campaign that will see thousands of women coming together at the Trois-Rivières event. At this point, the elderly sisters are actively involved in making their own banners that capture and symbolize the sisters 'commitment to the March and to the cause it stands for.

The public invited to participate!
The sisters' preparations for the March will reach its high point with a brief celebration on Saturday, October 17 at 8 pm. The public is invited to express its solidarity with, and give its blessing to, the elderly sisters just before they board the bus for Trois-Rivières. The departure and celebration will take place at the Maison Jésus-Marie parking lot at 86, Saint-Charles Street East, Longueuil.

More about the SNJM's
Founded by Blessed Eulalie Durocher in Longueuil, Quebec in 1843, the Congregation of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) has always stood at the core of the cause of women with its devotion to the education of young girls in the rural areas. Today, this international congregation works in collaboration with associates, consecrated persons, volunteers, friends and colleagues throughout the world and is active on three continents. For more information on the Congregation and its international work visit www.snjm.org, or www.snjm.qc.ca for information on its work in Quebec.

For further information contact, Isabelle Roy, 450 651-8104, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The SNJM’s launch a consultation leading to its 34th General Chapter

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Longueuil, Quebec, Canada – September 11, 2015 – Tomorrow, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) launches a consultation process leading to its 34th General Chapter. Chapter preparations will culminate in July 2016 with a major gathering of SNJM delegates and guests. The General Chapter is the opportunity for the sisters and Associates to actively participate in the development of the life and mission of the SNJM Congration.

A participatory process
The next few months will see a series of small group meetings within the five SNJM entities: the Lesotho, Manitoba, Quebec and U.S.-Ontario Provinces and the Mission-Sector. Participants will utilize video conferencing and other innovative technologies to ensure maximum participation.

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The SNJM Youth Justice Forum - Mission accomplished! Very positive results!

Forumjustice-jeunesseParticipants in the 3rd edition of the SNJM Youth Justice Forum held in Saint-Lambert from July 15th to 21st.

Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, July 23, 2015 - After six days of concentrated activities and exchanges, the 50 participants in the SNJM -Youth Justice Forum left for home full of enthusiasm and ready to take action for social justice on the home front be it in Canada, in the United States, or in Lesotho.

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