Justice and Peace Issues

Independence Day South Sudan July 9

In 2008, the General Council of the Holy Union Sisters in Rome joined with other women and men religious in the creation of SOLIDARITY WITH SOUTH SUDAN. A new model of ministry and collaboration among women and men religious and the laity to serve the poor, it was born in response to a request from the Catholic Bishops of Sudan.
MISSION
Its mission is to develop leaders and to build the capacity of people in South Sudan to be teachers, health care professionals, sustainable farmers, and diocesan pastoral agents.The organization is supported by Catholic religious congregations around the world, as well as by foundations and individuals who share our vision to build a more just and peaceful society.
MODEL OF MINISTRY
Solidarity with South Sudan espouses a unique model of ministry, one of collaboration between congregations of men and women with different charisms coming from a variety of countries. It is inspired by the call of the Congress on Consecrated Life – Passion for Christ, Passion for Humanity, held in Rome in 2005. The Congress invited religious to search for… a new paradigm…..born of compassion for the scarred and downtrodden of the earth – around new priorities, new models of organization and open and flexible collaboration between men and women of goodwill. Friends in Solidarity is inspired by this call and the collaborative model.
The Solidarity with South Sudan Story
Past
It all began in 2008 with a request from the Sudanese Bishops’ Conference. The response came from women and men religious, representing the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), and Union of Superiors General (USG), respectively. The keyword was “solidarity”, and the focus was on South Sudan: hence the name of the project. In the first ten years alone, between 2008 and 2018, Solidarity with South Sudan succeeded in training 475 primary school teachers, 190 nurses and midwives, over 1000 farmers, and more than 1500 pastoral agents.
Present
19 members of Solidarity with South Sudan currently offer their time and talents in 4 communities. They come from 13 different countries, include both religious and lay people, and represent 14 Catholic religious congregations. A total of 260 congregations, private donors and international agencies, support the project with funding, personnel and expertise. Working closely with the local church, the project runs a teacher training college, a health training institute, a sustainable farm with an outreach programme, and pastoral services.
Future
While continuing to respond to the social and economic realities that impact peoples’ everyday lives, Solidarity with South Sudan intends concentrating its efforts on establishing even more sustainable programmes.
That’s because the new keywords are “peace” and “reconciliation”. Solidarity with South Sudan is committed to consolidating these goals by accompanying the people and providing them with the skills and knowledge they need: to overcome the traumas of the past, and to build a healthier and more just society for the future – together.
Here is a prayer SSudan Prayer Card 1  that you can download to be in solidarity with the people of South Sudan.

 

 

 

Sr. Joan with South Sudanese colleagues.

Friends in Solidarity
Following on from the Solidarity with South Sudan initiative and modeled on it’s collaborative ministry, Sr. Joan Mumaw IHM created Friends in Solidarity. It is an initiative of US Catholic religious men and women in support of religious working in South Sudan and beyond. It was incorporated as a not for profit in November 2015 as an outgrowth of interest in the work being done by Solidarity with South Sudan based in Rome.
Our Mission
Friends in Solidarity is a collaborative ministry initiated by Institutes of Women and Men Religious in the United States supporting the people of Africa, especially South Sudan, through capacity building initiatives that include the training of teachers, health care professionals and pastoral teams. Compelled by the suffering of our African brothers and sisters, we are committed to raising awareness of their situation and working in collaboration with the Church in Africa as it accompanies, equips and empowers the people to create a sustainable future where their full human potential may be realized. In recent years, the United States Province of the Holy Union Sisters has shared its financial resources to support the mission of  Friends in Solidarity.
Our Vision
We envision a just and peaceful society in Africa built upon the values of collaboration, inclusivity and solidarity between and among peoples, cultures, generations and nations.
Model of Ministry
Solidarity with South Sudan espouses a unique model of ministry, one of collaboration between congregations of men and women with different charisms coming from a variety of countries. It is inspired by the call of the Congress on Consecrated Life – Passion for Christ, Passion for Humanity, held in Rome in 2005. The Congress invited religious to search for… a new paradigm…..born of compassion for the scarred and downtrodden of the earth – around new priorities, new models of organization and open and flexible collaboration between men and women of goodwill. Friends in Solidarity is inspired by this call and the collaborative model.

 

 

 

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