As daughters of Saint Julie Billiart, marked in Baptism to follow Jesus and participate in His liberating mission, we choose to stand with people made poor in a world increasingly divided. We see the value of human life diminished, the destruction of our earth and intolerance towards people perceived to be different, poor or abandoned. Rooted in the prophetic witness of Saint Julie, we are called and seek to be women of justice and peace in the midst of the inequality and violence of our world. We see ourselves as part of a global community seeking to transform unjust structures and systems, participating in new ways of relating which enable all of creation to experience God's goodness. This moment in history calls us to contemplative listening, ongoing dialogue and critical social analysis that moves us to ACTION.
Thanks to a grant from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Congregational Leadership Team, these wonderful native Spanish speakers from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California were able to volunteer for a week at the Women’s Detention Center in Dilley Texas.
Like the twelve Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who preceded them to Dilley, the NDNU group quickly became advocates for justice helping mothers prepare for their credible fear interviews, giving generously of their time and talents, and not counting the cost. tre Dame Mission Volunteers
Of this group one is a NDNU staff member, one an undergraduate and the others are graduate students. Of course they have plans for their futures so let’s pray that each of them will find the best path forward – one that makes excellent use of their gifts.
So when we’re counting the numbers of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who have volunteered to work with migrants in Dilley or McAllen in Texas, let’s gratefully include these wonderful NDNU volunteers.