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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.

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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.

VISIT THE CAST WEBSITE

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The Sisters of Notre Dame were recently featured in the Acorn Newspaper! Click the link here to read the article.

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Sister Anncarla Costello, our Provincial Superior, recently returned from a three-week trip to Brazil where she attended the General Conference of the Sisters of Notre Dame. While there, Sister visited several ministries begun by the sisters in Brazil. Listen below to hear about her experience.

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Sisters visiting a recycling project begun by the Passo Fundo province to assist local women in earning money for their families by recycling castoffs.

Sisters visiting a recycling project begun by the Passo Fundo province to assist local women in earning money for their families by recycling castoffs.

Pile of trash to be sorted.

Pile of trash to be sorted.

A playground for the primary students at Collegio Notre Dame in Passo Fundo, Brazil.

A playground for the primary students at Collegio Notre Dame in Passo Fundo, Brazil.

A view of the courtyard of an elementary school run by the sisters in Brazil with a student population of 800 children in grades K-8.

A view of the courtyard of an elementary school run by the sisters in Brazil with a student population of 800 children in grades K-8.

A group of participants from the General Conference visiting a German-style church in Brazil.

A group of participants from the General Conference visiting a German-style church in Brazil.

Sister Mary Anncarla at a founders day celebration for the congregation.

Sister Mary Anncarla at a founders day celebration for the congregation.

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