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Sisters and Sustainability


Catholic Sisters in Partnership for Sustainability

Implicit at every level of Catholicism is the theme of partnership, both divine-human partnership and the partnerships that Catholicism’s communal commitments imply. Fundamental to Catholic social teaching (CST) is emphasis on human dignity, the common good, and sustainability, all themes that find resonance in African traditions, including, for example, in the tradition of “abundant life."

This project prepares communities of Catholic sisters to frame their own work in terms of partnership. It allows them to connect the secular language of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to CST and to their own culturally specific identities and charisms, and it equips them with practical skills in partnership, resource development, and communication on behalf of their work for sustainability. As a result, this project enables Catholic sisters to be intentional about pursuing partnerships for sustainable development and so to live out their charisms more effectively.

This project is funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Project Objectives

This project is educational; it enhances the ability of congregations of Catholic sisters to:

  • Increase the leadership skills of East African sisters, especially with respect to their ability to communicate and partner with other organizations addressing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Leverage the partnerships that already exist in sisters’ ministries in the service of sustainable development.
  • Publicize to the wider public the work of participating congregations on behalf of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as understood in terms of Catholic Social Teaching and their charisms.

Resources

Participating Congregations

For more information, contact Project Manager, Sarah DeMarais at 504-865-3571 or scdemara@loyno.edu

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