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Over 900 Sisters of Saint Joseph and Associates Meet to Reflect Their Global and Local Mission
Close to 900 Sisters of St. Joseph and associates met July 9-13, 2011, to celebrate their 361st year of reaching out to the ‘dear neighbor’ throughout the world and their 175th year of serving in varied ministries among people across the United States. The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph began in 1966. The Federation is committed to expanding their vision to embrace the global neighborhood while reaching out to local needs.
Keynote speakers during the Event
During the event, participants collaborated with the Millennium Hotel management and members of ECPAT, a network of organizations and individuals working together to eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children around the world. The goal of this collaboration will be to address both local and global concerns related to Human Trafficking.
Tuesday, July 11 at 11:30 a.m.
Human Trafficking: A CSSJ Response in collaboration with the Millennium Hotel and ECPAT.
After months of collaborative conversation and planning, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph is excited that the St. Louis Millennium Hotel took the steps necessary to sign and implement the six-point ECPAT-USA Code of Conduct. By signing this code the Millennium Hotel takes a stand against the sexual exploitation of children by helping ECPAT fight child sex tourism. The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism, developed by ECPAT, sets a standard of responsible business practices that effectively crack down on child sexual exploitation.
Discussions with Nix Conference & Meeting Management, and the hotel about the difficult issue of human trafficking began when the Sisters of Saint Joseph first contracted with the Millennium for their national event. The Sisters of Saint Joseph are encouraged and pleased with collaborative approach and open discussions on the part of the Millennium in tackling this very difficult issue.
Millennium Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Rooted in the zeal of Christ Jesus, Sisters of Saint Joseph and Associates from across the world gathered at Event 2011 to expand their hearts, deepen their relationships through prayer and celebration, and strengthen their zeal for healing the neighborhood of God’s sacred universe.
Human Trafficking is among the many serious issues in need of healing in today’s world. While many call it a hidden crime, it exits not only in the St. Louis area but in virtually every city and town in our country. Roman Catholic women religious have been key leaders in the national and international movement to stop human trafficking.
The St. Louis Millennium Hotel is one of the many hotels working to create an ethical policy against commercial sexual exploitation of children, to train hotel staff to help identify human trafficking, and to partner with government and social service agencies. During the event, Sisters of St. Joseph took the time to celebrate the work of the St. Louis Millennium Hotel in this area.
The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph is a dynamic union of all the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the United States who claim a common origin in the foundation at LePuy, France in 1650. Today there are approximately 7,000 vowed members as well as 2,800 Associates in the United States. World-wide there are over 13,500 Sisters of Saint Joseph in over 50 countries.
Read more HERE about the Sisters of St. Joseph Collaborating with the Millennium Hotel for justice!
Read more HERE about the U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph!
Click HERE to read more about Event 2011 itself!