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Delta is the first U.S. airline to sign The Code to Protect Children

Join Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (IPJC) and our Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment in thanking Delta Airlines. Religious shareholders have been working with the travel and tourism industry for over five years to protect children from sexual exploitation. We're pleased to announce that Delta is the first U.S. airline to sign The Code to Protect Children. In January, when Delta was promising to adopt the code but had not yet taken action, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, along with other religious shareholders, filed a shareholder resolution with Delta which culminated in the company adopting the code. Take further action, by doing the following:

  • Thank Delta Airlines: visit www.ipjc.org to sign the petition of thanks.
  • When flying Delta, thank the flight attendants.
  • When flying other airlines, ask them to adopt the code.

Container Shipment Headed for Lesotho

A 40-foot container of medical humanitarian aid is on its way to Lesotho, where Sisters will distribute several hundred medical supplies to clinics and hospitals. Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary have been in Lesotho more than 80 years, and for the past two years they have received containers from MedShare. The supplies, which left San Leandro, CA, on November 17, include exam gloves, disposable patient gowns, adhesive dressings, syringes, alcohol swabs, hospital beds, and much more. The container should arrive in January.

St. Mary's students in Oregon All-State choir

Five students from St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, OR have been recognized as the top choral singers and string players in Oregon. Members of this year’s All-State choir: Rosalie Doak, Megan Magsarili, and Claire Martin. Members of this year’s All-State orchestra: Daniella Ohnemus, cello and Emily Schoen, violin.

Mary C. Boys, SNJM interviewed by CNN regarding Sarah Palin’s use of “blood libel”

CNN interviewed theologian Mary Boys, SNJM  on January 12. She gave her perspective on Sarah Palin’s charge that some journalists’ efforts to connect statements by her or others to the recent Arizona shootings amount to “blood libel”. Here is the link to CNN’s online report of the interview:  http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/12/palins-use-of-blood-libel-invokes-ancient-myth-about-jews/. Mary is the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York.

Josetta Maria Preller, SNJM honored with Manifesting The Kingdom award

Congratulations to Josetta Maria Preller, SNJM who was one of six women religious in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, to be honored on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  For the first time, Cardinal Donald Wuerl presented the Manifesting The Kingdom awards to recognize outstanding service to the Church of Washington by dedicated members of the laity and consecrated life. Mary Ellen Holohan, SNJM and some of the local Sisters and Associates from the Mid-Atlantic Mission Centre were present to support Sr. Josetta.

Carroll Ann Kemp, SNJM receives the High School Principals’ Association Veteran Teachers Award

Carroll Ann Kemp, SNJM received the High School Principals’ Association Veteran Teachers Award on October 29, 2010, for her work as freshmen religion teacher at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. From the Gonzaga faculty nomination: “Her love and respect for each of her students, her ability to engage them in prayer and social justice, and her everyday acts of kindness and generosity remind us that we are called to do more than just teach. We are called to ‘strive for the magis,’ to do more than is required.”