Posts Tagged ‘CAST’

This post was written by our provincial superior, Sister Mary Anncarla Costello, in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

The California province of the Sisters of Notre Dame has a corporate stance against human trafficking. We share a very special association and long-time partnership with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and it is a privilege for me to serve as president of CAST’s board. I wanted to share an idea with you that I am extending to other groups as well.


Are you looking for a way to make an impact on our society—or at least the part of it in which we live? Why not get involved with a very worthy cause close to our hearts? I would like to invite you to consider holding a short gathering of your friends/coworkers/parishioners and acquaint them not only with CAST but with some education about human trafficking. CAST has a wonderful PowerPoint which you could present at your gathering. Here’s how the gathering might go:

  • Simple refreshments
  • Welcome
  • Opening prayer
  • Why you are doing this (to give feet to our “corporate stance” and do something concrete to raise awareness)
  • Show the PowerPoint
  • Allow for reactions and conversation
  • Invite participants to pray for victims of trafficking and those committed to assist them
  • Invite those who wish to leave a donation payable to CAST
  • Thanks and departure

This could easily be done in about 75-90 minutes and what a difference it could make in terms of raising awareness and support for CAST!

If you are interested, please contact me during January (Trafficking Awareness Month) and I can provide you with the PowerPoint, materials, and maybe even a speaker if you would rather have someone else present the PowerPoint. Email me at acostello@sndca.org and use the link below to learn more about the excellent work that CAST does to combat slavery and trafficking.



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Sister Betty Mae speaking at the Notre Dame Learning Center Christmas program.

Sister Betty Mae speaking at the NDLC preschool Christmas program.

Instead of sending another box of candy or a stationery set, the Sisters of Notre Dame in Thousand Oaks have come up with a unique way to thank their health care providers during the holidays.

Several local dentists, dermatologists, podiatrists and other professionals offer discounted heath care to the sisters. For the past three years, the sisters have made donations to charitable organizations in the name of those doctors to thank them for their generous services. Two years ago they donated to the South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project (LAMP) which offers educational programs to empower women and families who are struggling; last year they gave to the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST); and this year the sisters sent their gift to Uganda, Africa to help support their ministry there.

According to Sister Betty Mae Bienlein, finding alternative ways to give thanks reduces waste and makes a simple thank you go a long way. Find out more about LAMP and CAST below:



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