New Sisters of St Louis School opens its doors in Savé, Republic of Benin

save school 250x25026 NOV, 2020. The newly-established École Maternelle et Primaire Bilingue Saint Louis de Savé, République du Bénin, welcomed its first 23 students to its school on September 28, 2020. The school, owned and run by the Sisters of St Louis, was officially opened on October 10, 2020 by his lordship, Mgr François-Xavier Gnonhossou SMA.

St Louis School’s Handbook Series, Part 7. Living Sint Unum through Ecology and the Universe

handbook7 250x25026 NOV, 2020. In the seventh article in the eight-part series on the St Louis School’s Handbook of Education, we look at how we can live Sint Unum through Ecology and the Universe. The article covers Section 10 of the Handbook, Sint Unum: Ecology, the Urgent Question of the Care of the Planet, and focuses on how attention to Ecology and The Universe is lived out in the St Louis Schools.

Implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for Migrants and Refugees in the UK

migrantsUK 250x25026 NOV, 2020. Governments say we must get used to living with Covid-19 as the new normal. That is fine for the likes of us, but it is not fine for the millions of migrant and refugee peoples living in the UK and other European countries. Sarah, a single mother with a four-year-old son, was employed as a housekeeper, earning wages that barely sustained them. At the March lockdown, Sarah was dismissed from her job for fear she would infect the household. She was given her last week’s wages and that was it.

Covid-19 challenges for Louisville Juice and Water Factory, Ghana

louisvillewater 250x25026 NOV, 2020. Production at the Louisville Juice and Water factory, located on the grounds of St Louis Senior High School, Kumasi, Ghana, has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. The factory produces orange and sobolo juice, and water. Its main customers are the Louisville High School students, staff and other workers. At a recent meeting with the factory staff, financial status of the business was examined, and although sales have gone down drastically, the sisters have been able to keep the 12 employees at work.

St Louis School’s Handbook Series, Part 6. Living Sint Unum through Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue

handbook ecumenism 250x25028 OCT, 2020. In this sixth article in the eight-part series on the St Louis School’s Handbook of Education, we look at how we can live Sint Unum through Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue. Sint Unum, ‘may they be one’, was the heartfelt prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper for his disciples and followers (Jn. 17:21.). That prayer was the basis of the Turkenstein Pact of 1797, and through Louis Bautain, became the foundation of the community life and mission of the Sisters of St Louis. After the Second Vatican Council, the sisters embraced Sint Unum as their charism; then gradually undertook involvement in ecumenism and interreligious activity as a way of fostering Sint Unum in the world.

SSL volunteering continues during the pandemic at LifeWay Network’s safe houses in NY

lifeway 250x25028 OCT, 2020. Michele Harnett SSL is a volunteer at LifeWay Network, which is one of only two organizations in the New York Metropolitan area providing safe housing for women survivors of human trafficking. Since 2012, they have provided a safe place to over 100 women from 34 countries. These houses provide “homes where survivors live in community and are provided with the resources they need to rebuild their lives - from the help of social workers, to mental health counselling, to legal support, to connections with educational and job training opportunities. After they leave the safe house, they can transition into an independent living arrangement within the community.” Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the ability to volunteer in person has been severely curtailed.