Justice Co-Mission 2010

Working together for justice is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters around the world try to be a healing presence to others today.

On the weekend of October 8-10, 2010, over 25 of our Sisters and Associates in North America gathered in a “virtual” meeting, using flash technology to share their justice ministries and learn from each other. The meeting began with a prayer, and each participant shared highlights of her work for justice over the past year.

Our Sisters who live and work near the U.S.-Mexico border continue to be involved with a micro-loan program and with immigration. Sister Janet Gottschalk completed 39 years as an educator in Texas this year, working mainly with Hispanic students who were often the first in their families to graduate from high school and then go on to college.

In California, Sister Justine Church is active with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and with a Faith and Justice group for low-wage workers. Sister Key Heidkamp attends monthly Catholic Worker meetings, and networks for many justice causes.

Several of our Sisters and Associates in Philadelphia are involved with prison ministry, violence against women, Alternatives to Violence workshops, and the New Sanctuary movement. Others are active with letter-writing, networking, and in an ecumenical Northeast Philly Peace and Justice Group. Sister Celine Paramundayil, our new representative to the United Nations, focuses on women, sustainable development and financing for development, and climate change.

At our Alliance for Justice Office in Washington, D.C., Sister Janet Gottschalk and Mrs. Susan Thompson are involved in a wide range of activities, including border/immigration issues, an interfaith group working on trade and investment, and groups on water and extractive industries, such as mining and oil and gas extraction from the earth.

Our Justice Co-Mission group decided to focus their efforts for the coming year on “Migration from a Planetary and Global Perspective.” They will look at migration from the broadest possible vantage point, from both around the world and through all the issues that create the need for massive global migration.

November 1, 2010