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Congregational Leadership
March 5 
Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality Committee
February 22, 23, 24 
St. Clare's, Tampa, FL   
Assembly - Tampa, FL
March 9-10
FSA Board of Directors
March 16-22, Tampa, FL
FABS meeting, Reading, PA
March 27-28
Assembly - Easton, PA
March 29, 30, 31 
Issue 7.03
   February 11, 2019   
  Congratulations, Jubilarian!

Congratulations to our 2019 Silver Jubilarian , Colleen Brady OSF!
Congratulations, Colleen!  

A Golden Jubilee Remembrance  
By: Judith Terrameo OSF
Sr. Judith celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2018.

   What a beautiful year, my year of jubilee! I want to thank all who remembered me with gifts and cards. I began my jubilee year with a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Earle King and a group from the Episcopal Church in Grand Island, NY. We spent 13 days visiting the holy sites and walking where Jesus walked. St. George Guest House in Jerusalem was our home base. There we had sessions with Archbishop Suhail Dawani of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem; Ophir Yarden on the "Contemporary issues− an Israeli Perspective " ; as well as a presentation on Islam. It was good to hear various perspectives on the issues that the Israeli and Palestinian people face daily .
   We visited and prayed at the Wailing Wall and the Church of St. Anne and Bethesda where we had a healing service. I was especially touched by the Holocaust History Museum where people reverently moved from room to room in silence. We spent two days in Nazareth, visiting and praying at Shepherd's Field and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, venerating the place where Jesus was born. Here we stayed at the Sisters of Nazareth Hostel. The Hostel is built above a recent excavation which holds the remains of the home where Jesus grew up and we had the privilege of visiting this site.
   Next we traveled to the Jordan River where we renewed our baptismal vows and then to Capernaum, the Town of Jesus. It was amazing to walk through the ruins of the home of Peter and of the synagogue where Jesus preached. Continue reading
Cracking the Codes 

   The St. Elizabeth Motherhouse community will host a viewing of Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Motherhouse community meeting room. Cracking the Codes , produced by the World Trust , challenges us to understand and talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity.
     World Trust Educational Services is a non-profit social justice organization that provides deep learning, tools and resources for people interested in tackling unconscious bias and systemic racial inequity in their workplace, community and in their lives. Through film and dialogue, World Trust ignites courage and expands capacity to create a world free from racism.
   The film contains three sections:
Section 1: Social Determinants: History, Identity, and Culture
Section 2: Internal Components: Bias, Privilege, Internalized Racism
Section 3: External Relationships: Interpersonal, Institutional, Structural
   The film features moving stories from 24 racial justice leaders including Amer Ahmed, Michael Benitez, Barbie-Danielle DeCarlo, Joy DeGruy, Harley Eagle, Ericka Huggins, Yuko Kodama, Peggy McIntosh, Rinku Sen, Tillman Smith, and Tim Wise.
    The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshment will be served following the film.

National Catholic Sisters Week

   National Catholic Sisters Week will be held March 8-14. The event, begun in 2014, is held each year during National Women's History Month each year in an effort to highlight the incredible work of Catholic women religious throughout history.
   According to the NCSW website, "National Catholic Sisters Week is intended to broaden awareness of Catholic Sisters, whose lives and ministries often remain behind the scenes. The hope is that those who learn more about women religious will be inspired and compelled to engage in self-reflection, service and simple acts of kindness." The event, which has grown each year since its inception, is celebrated across the country. For more information, visit their website.
   If you, your community, or a local organization are planning an event, please let us know! Share your stories and information with Denise Bunk-Hatch, Communications Director, at
Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment Update 

   The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, in conjunction with other members of the Tri-State Coalition , voted to support a proposal on the human right to water and water quality to be presented at the February 7 annual meeting of Tyson Foods.
   The proposal addresses the Human Rights Due Diligence at The Tyson Foods Inc.
Support for this resolution is warranted because:
    (1) Tyson has a responsibility to respect human rights within company-owned operations and through business relationships under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and should carry out human rights due diligence to meet this responsibility.
    (2) Tyson's business activities may adversely impact salient human rights, including the rights of workers, communities, and the rights to health and water;
    (3) Human rights due diligence is an effective risk management process, and failure to conduct effective human rights due diligence has had a negative financial impact on Tyson, including fines charged for regulatory violations, lawsuit settlements, and loss of social license to operate; and
    (4) Tyson's existing policies and practices do not demonstrate effective human rights due diligence or meet increasing investor expectations
   See link for more information on the issues involved and the work of the Tri-State Coalition :

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