Hundreds of advocates from various Christian denominations, including representatives from CMSM, gathered in Washington, D.C. this past weekend for Ecumenical Advocacy Days. The weekend included a focus on education and skills training for a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill. Some clergy and religious leaders also risked arrest as a public witness in response to proposed human needs budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration.
We extend our prayers and congratulations to current CMSM board member Rev. Adam Gregory Gonzalez, OCD, who was recently elected by the members of the California-Arizona Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars to become their new provincial. The Provincial-Elect takes office on May 15, 2017.
On New Year’s Day, the village of Riimenze in Western Equatoria was the scene of intense fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (national army) and rebels, made up primarily of local men and boys “recruited” to defend their area. During the fighting, homes were looted and burned, sometimes with people in them. Over 5000 people from the village fled their homes and are sheltering at the parish in Riimenze, the site of the Solidarity Agricultural Training Project.
Over 225 individuals attended the Symposium and interacted with speakers, facilitators, panel members, breakout session leaders, and scribes who represented over 750 years as vowed religious in over 15 different communities/institutes. Thank you to all — your commitment to religious brothers inspires us all!