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NOLA Marches Forward

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Matt Rousso – New Orleans Chapter

Marching Affiliates: Maria Victoire, Matt Rousso, Kevin Cahalan, Charlie Freel, Kim Nunez

New Orleans Chapter Affiliates participated in the New Orleans Peoples’ Climate March on Saturday, April 29th, joining thousands from around the country. Kevin Cahalan prepared our marching banner, highlighting Pope Francis’ words from Laudato Sí, “The earth, our common home, is beginning to look like an immense pile of filth.”  One lady from Fort Worth, Texas, who was attracted to our banner, came up to our group proclaiming her great affection for Pope Francis. In addition to our five Affiliates, there were some 400-500 participants shouting in a loud voice:  “This is what democracy looks like!”

A local concern was that a proposed bridge taking over private wetlands would threaten drinking water for over 30,000 people. The project would only provide 12 permanent jobs and could displace many present workers who rely of the waterways for work.

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Meeting News. At the New Orleans Chapter May meeting, 18 Affiliates studied the Maryknoll Mission Education Department’s new Discover Your Neighbor program. They were all asked to register/enroll in the program, study it at their leisure, collect names of potential middle school teachers whom we would recruit to use the program, and attend a follow-up training session in June. Participants affirmed the program, expressing excitement and willingness to promote the program in our regional Catholic schools.

 

The Maryknoll Sisters are also discussing their missionary role in care for the environment,
as evidenced by  the evocative poster Sr. Jaruko Doi created for their Inter-Assembly conference.
It was on display in their dining room during the May Maryknoll Affiliate Board meeting.
This view only captures a portion of it.  
  
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