Christmas note to Sisters from United Nations

151222 UN 1[UN-NGO] Sister Catherine Prendergast, representing the Company of the Daughters of Charity at the United Nations, shares the news below from the UN in New York:

Dear Sisters,
We — your representatives at the United Nations — would like to wish each of you a blessed Christmas and a peace-filled new year!

It has been a significant year for the UN. During 2015, Pope Francis addressed the UN General Assembly, encouraging them to protect the environment and prevent the exclusion of people who are poor and those who are on the fringes of society in any way. The United Nations approved 17 goals, such as eliminating extreme poverty, for the world to achieve by 2030. And global leaders displayed concern for the Earth by reaching an agreement at the COP21 climate talks in Paris.

As the year comes to a close, we bid farewell to Fr. Joe Foley, CM, who has served as the CM NGO to the United Nations for 15 years. In his place, we welcome Fr. Guillermo ‘Memo’ Campuzano, CM, who comes to us from DePaul University in Chicago. We also farewell Gelisa Labastida, our intern during this fall term.

We further thank our collaborators, especially Sr. Teresa Kotturan, SCN, who is our Seton Federation Representative to the UN. She has been a great partner in advocacy.

2016 offers much promise. Of significance is the opportunity for greater collaboration with the Vincentian Family, which will lead us on with a new missionary momentum. We look forward to representing your concerns at the United Nations.

Wishing each of you peace and joy at Christmas.

Sr. Catherine Prendergast, DC
Sr. Margaret O’Dwyer, DC

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Vincentian Family Representatives to the UN: Back Row, L to R: Fr. Memo Campuzano, CM; Fr. Joe Foley, CM; Natalie Boone, (AIC); Margaret O’Dwyer, DC; Front Row, L to R: Ed Keane, St. Vincent de Paul Society; Catherine Prendergast, DC; and Teresa Kotturan, SCN, Seton Federation

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