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Sr. Naomi Niu has been with us in the USA during 5 years for studies preparing for mission as an educator. During this time she has ingratiated herself to us with her generosity, gentleness, simplicity and courage to adapt to our culture especially in this metropolitan north Jersey area. Sr. Naomi will now return to the Philippines and prepare to participate in a year long Congregational formation program being held in Brazil to prepare for final vows

January is Human Trafficking Month

Facts about Human Trafficking:

  • There are an estimated 40.3 million victims of modern-day slavery worldwide. Of these, 25 million are victims of labor or sex trafficking and 15 million are people trapped in forced marriages.
  • Nearly 30% of all victims are men and boys; increasing to 46% for victims of forced labor
  • Unfortunately, stakeholders have increasingly found that individuals in situations of forced migration, such as refugees and unaccompanied children, are particularly vulnerable to labor and sex traffickers.
  • Victim identification remains a significant challenge to U.S. efforts to prevent trafficking, prosecute perpetrators, and protect victims.
  • Calculated as a 150-billion-dollar industry, modern day slavery has become the fastest growing source of illicit profit for criminals worldwide.

CCCM in Germany
Srs. Joanne and Saundra attended the Congregational Consultative Council Meeting (CCCM) in Münster, Germany that was held from September 18 to 23. read recent news

SMIC Congregation issues statement of solidarity with the Syrian People calling for prayer and action Read further

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