One of the six founding congregations of UNANIMA International, the Religious of Jesus and Mary have been members of this NGO Coalition of women’s congregations since 2002. The mission of the Coalition at the United Nations is to address the issues of:
Today, the membership consists of 17 congregations of Roman Catholic sisters whose 17,500 constituents work in 72 countries around the world. UNANIMA brings the voices, concerns, and experiences of these women religious, as educators, health care providers, social workers and development workers, to the United Nations.
The Declaration of the RJM General Chapter in 2007 reflected both the impact and the challenge that membership in UNANIMA has effected in our congregation:
“In a world where human rights are trampled and natural resources are abused, we STAND WITH….WOMEN who have been used and exploited… DISPLACED PERSONS…DEFENSELESS CHILDREN, victims of abandonment, sexual trafficking and abuse …We want to work together in CARING FOR OUR EARTH and educating others in the responsible use of its resources…”
All over the world, our sisters are enfleshing these priorities through prayer, hands-on ministry, service in schools and missions, pastoral care and administrative leadership. Just a few examples:
Our membership in UNANIMA
has shown us the strength
of women religious
working together with
ONE SPIRIT, ONE MISSION,
We are grateful to be part of
this collaborative endeavor
and energizing network of
social justice and work for
systemic change in our world.