April 30th to May 6th marked the beginning of a new chapter of collaboration among Notre Dame “cousins” related to St. Julie. Invited by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, their country JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) leaders were joined by congregational JPIC coordinators of the Amersfoort and Coesfeld branches, along with UN representatives Jean Stoner and Mary Jo Toll. Motivated by input from SND de Namur congregational leader Teresita Weind, Donald Dorr, M.A.D.D., and Isabel Mary Smyth, SNDdeN, participants seriously explored international, regional, and local means of networking in order to strengthen possibilities of people-centered development and to counter violence which is destructive of human rights and growth. Additional very special experiences were a visit to St. Julie’s birthplace in Cuvilly and time spent in the new heritage center at Namur.
Posted on July 16, 2014 by Sister Mary Jo Toll