Category Archives: Social Justice

How Our Charisms Are Carried Forward

BACAR has a theme of action for the year 2018-2019 particularly with homelessness, immigration and trafficking. After the last DG which focused on Joan Chittester’s article Let the Call Be Heard

 At the last meeting the time spent in reflection and discussion was rich and reminded of us our deep commitment to the individual charisms embedded in each of our congregations. It is also true that this affirmation inspires each of us to continue the Call with renewed energy and focus, particularly as we share compassionate goals. Mark Piper in his article found in the NCR, August 23, 2018 says The largest factors that attract new associates are: 

  • The community’s spirituality
  • A personal desire for a deeper spiritual life
  • The community’s mission
  • A personal desire to be of service.
To read Mark’s article Click Here
Join Us at these BACAR Discussion Groups                                                                                                        September 8, 2018 at 1399 Santee Drive, San Jose. Topic: Homelessness
May 18, 2019 (at either Holy Spirit in Campbell or Notre Dame Province Center)
September 21, 2019: BACAR Conference tentatively at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz.
We decided to go with 3 meetings instead of 4 this coming year, and one of these will be an event rather than a discussion group. It is not firm yet but tentatively a movie on trafficking at Notre Dame HS Belmont in their theater for January. Not definite!!)

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious recently published an article on resistance. “Resistance as a response to injustice and social sin has received a surprising signal boost in 2017. From protests against police brutal- ity and executive orders, to creative displays at marches for women’s rights or climate justice, or even as
a trending hashtag on social media, resistance is suddenly on the radar of the body politic.” To read full article LCWR_rta4-17

Anti-Human Trafficking Activity at Mercy Center

The Mercy Associates will have a “soap bar labeling party” in the Acacia Room of Mercy Center in Burlingame on Thursday, January 28, 2016, starting at 6:30 PM.

There will be an opportunity to label bars of hotel soap with a phone number people who are being trafficked can call for help.

Bring a potluck dish to share, and bring your friends who might be interested in learning about trafficking and would like to help with the labeling!

A Flyer for this event is below.

At this event we will show the DVD of Theresa Flores’ story: Theresa was trafficked into prostitution as a middle-class teenager, managed to leave that life, and came up with the idea of putting the Helpline phone number on soap bars in hotel bathrooms, where trafficked individuals would be likely to see it.

SOAP Party Flyer


From Nicaragua to Ecuador Associates are Advocating for Justice

On October 7, 8, 9, & 10, 2016 Hundreds gathered in Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Sonora to bring awareness of the need for immigration reform.

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So many faces so much seen in those individuals who joined together in hope and a desire to make a positive impact on immigration policies.  

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Anti-Trafficking Walk-a-Thon at Sisters of the Holy Family Motherhouse.  Thanks to Holy Family Associate Angela Matthews and Sister Annie, SHF, the annual Trafficking Walk-a-Thon drew over 70 participants.

The non walkers cheered on the walkers. The many walkers ranged in age from 3 years to 85 years. Many Associates, Sisters, and Friends walked happily around the grounds. SHF Associate Kathi Goodman walked the circle more than 15 times with her husband close behind.

At the conclusion of the walk, Sister Caritas Foster gave a presentation on trafficking followed by a Trafficking Survivor who is now working in Oakland with children survivors.

We then adjourned to a delicious Bar-B-Que.  The money raised will be given to Clare’s House a residential home for children survivors and to assist Anti-Trafficking Coalitions around the Bay Area.

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Nicaragua Pre-School Project    Sister Sandy Price, a sister of Notre Dame de Namur, has worked fearlessly in the mountains of Siuna, Nicaragua in Mulukuku for over 35 years. She and other sisters of Notre Dame have been a beacon of light for the families of this area in education, spirituality, and human rights. Sister Sandy “leads a group of sisters who collaborate in the recruitment, training and execution of the programs for education, health and social welfare of the families… The families are subsistence farmers who plant beans, corn, rice, bananas and a few vegetables and fruits.”


Over the years one of our associates in particular, Pat Stacker, has raised funds and educational material for Sister Sandy. Associate Pat Stacker courageously battled cancer for the last three years of her life and died in 2015. The Notre Dame Associates have held a fund raiser to build a pre-school in Nicaragua for the children in Pat’s honor. The event was held at Associate Coordinator Dede Waters-Masters lovely home in San Carlos on August 27th. Many Sisters, Associates and Friends gathered for a truly festive evening including a delicious barbecue along with a raffle for exciting door prize baskets! Pat would be very proud of what is happening!


For the past eight years BVM Associates have worked with parishioners to raise money for the BVM missions in Ecuador.

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