Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation

The Dorothy Stang Center at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California presented Sister Margaret Hoffman, SNDdeN, with the 2016 Guardian of Justice Award.  In presenting the award, Mr. Jim McGarry, Director of the Stang Center, recognized Sister Margaret as an "educator for justice, an activist and an advocate for the voiceless."

While teaching art at Notre Dame San Jose in the 1970’s, Sister Margaret involved her students in making community connections that led to her present network of rich social justice engagements.  Immersed in the California Farmworker Movement, she also educated her students in the social justice issues that affected their parents.

As Justice and Peace Coordinator, Sister Margaret keeps the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the NDNU community "regularly informed and engaged right where we need to be," according to Jim McGarry.

She is involved in many justice issues.  Prior to the Super Bowl, she and others took informational packets on trafficking to dozens of local motels and hotels and told managers how to recognize and intervene in probable trafficking situations.

Jim McGarry said, "Throughout her life as a Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Margaret speaks of the Goodness of God."


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