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Sister Griselda Martinez Morales Selected to UN NGO Position
The Global Coordinating Committee of the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph has selected Sister Griselda Martinez Morales, CSJ, of the Mexico Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon as the next UN NGO Representative of the Congregations of St. Joseph. Sister Griselda brings rich experience and a heart for this ministry which serves the worldwide community of Sisters of St. Joseph and all of the people who are connected to them by ministry and affection. She will begin her ministry in the fall.
Since 1979 the Congregations of St. Joseph have been present at the United Nations as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization). Our NGO is comprised of all the Sisters of St. Joseph and Associates throughout the world. We are organized as the Canadian, French, Italian, and United States Federations, the Institute of St. Joseph (European Congregations) and Sisters of St. Joseph in Argentina and Australia.
In 1979, through the efforts of our Canadian Sisters, we received accreditation to the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) as a DPI-NGO. The United Nations defines an NGO as a “not-for-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national and international level to address issues in support of the public good.” As a DPI-NGO, we share and disseminate information about the United Nations and its many activities within and among our own members as well as those we serve. Our NGO is present in 50+ countries around the world, serving in the areas of education, human rights, the eradication of poverty, women's rights, healthcare issues, peace, environment, sustainable development, and conflict resolution.
In 1999, the Congregations of St. Joseph, our official UN-NGO title, received accreditation with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations. As an ECOSOC NGO, there is a reciprocal relationship between the NGO and the United Nations programs and agencies responsible for the many economic and social issues of our day. In this reciprocal relationship, we not only share information about the UN issues, but we are invited to bring our collective presence and voice to bear on the various UN-related issues our Sisters and Associates further at the grass roots level around the world. This reciprocal relationship allows for our CSSJ mission and charism to make a contribution to the creation of a world of unity, peace, justice, reconciliation, and hope for all living beings.
Sister Griselda will represent the nearly 14,000 sisters around the globe on the UN’s Economic and Social Council in New York.
“We speak for the people,” Sister Griselda explains. “Governments make decisions, and the people have needs. Our mission is to bring those together.”
Sister Griselda will spend some time in New York City with Sister Carol before assuming sole responsibility in her new role. In addition to learning more about the function of the UN and the Sisters’ mission there, she wants to learn about more of the work the Sisters of St. Joseph provide in the 55 countries where they serve worldwide.
“There is need everywhere in the world,” Sister Griselda says simply “and we go where there is need.