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FSM in the News!
November 09, 2016
The Franciscan Sisters of Mary have been in the news! Here are links to some of the stories that feature our efforts.
This video, taken during the Vatican Impact Investing Conference in June 2016, highlights the Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative (CIIC—pronounced "Seek"), formerly the November Group. John O’Shaughnessy, CEO and CFO for the Franciscan Sisters of Mary and one of the founding members of this group, wanted to create a space where groups interested in living out their Catholic values through their investments could share stories and strategies. The mission of the Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative is: "Through sharing our relatable experiences and learning we expand Impact Investing among Catholic organizations."
"Q&A with John O’Shaughnessy, CEO/CFO of a Franciscan Congregation" by Dan Stockman was posted June 2, 2016, to the Global Sisters Report, an online section of the National Catholic Reporter. The interview digs more deeply into John’s role with FSM.
"Sisters Lead the Way in Mission Investing That Influences Corporate Policy and Advances Social Good" by Dan Stockman was posted May 23, 2016, to the Global Sisters Report, an online section of the National Catholic Reporter. This article highlights the ways women religious are influencing corporate policy through socially responsible investing and impact investing.
West Lake Landfill
"Radioactive Dumping Grounds Are a Concern for U.S. Sisters," by Dan Stockman, was posted September 29, 2016, to the Global Sisters Report, an online section of the National Catholic Reporter. The article highlights the efforts of the FSM and other Catholic sisters to advocate for cleanup of radioactive wastes dumped in landfills.
"Tending the Cry of Our Mother" by Judith Best, SSND, was posted September 29, 2016, to Global Sisters Report, an online section of the National Catholic Reporter. Sr. Judith is a frequent participant in the twice-monthly FSM prayer vigils near the Bridgeton Landfill, and her article describes some of her thoughts about the issues and ties them to a number of ideas by Thomas Merton.
This St. Louis on the Air interview with Don Marsh, "The Ecological Justice Work of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary at West Lake Landfill—and Beyond," which featured FSM President Sr. Susan Scholl and FSM Justice-Ecological Coordinator Gale Thackrey, took place December 22, 2015. The broadcast outlines how the Sisters have become increasingly involved in environmental issues and how well this initiative ties in with Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’.
"In Diminishing Numbers, Franciscan Nuns Push Ahead with Environmental Activism" by Lilly Fowler was posted December 23, 2014, to the St. L. Today Web site, the Web site of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The story features the FSM efforts to direct attention to the Bridgeton and West Lake Landfills, as well as the other environmental advocacy like divestment from fossil fuel producers.
FSM Transformation: The Collaborative Governance Project
"Religious Gather to Discuss Dealing with Declining Numbers and an Aging Population" by Dan Stockman, was posted October 13, 2016, to the Global Sisters Report, an online section of the National Catholic Reporter. The article discusses a number of paths religious communities might choose as they look to the ending of their congregations. At the annual conference of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes (RCRI) in Anaheim, California, former FSM president Sr. Rose Dowling and Presentation of Mary Sr Kelly Connors, a canon lawyer, presented the new model of collaborative governance the FSM have been developing in collaboration with the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Missouri (CPPS).