Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of May 28, 2007
Archdiocese's religious women target human trafficking
Special to the WCR
Many of these young women are promised employment opportunities that would allow them to prosper.
This information was received with concern by the 80 or so participants at the May 11-12 meeting, which included lay women, as well as David Bouchard, the representative of the CRC (Alberta/B.C.), and Julien Hammond, director of pastoral services of the archdiocese.
Sister Norma Johnson, a Sister of Our Lady of Charity who has experience working in this area, commented on how the problem is present and flourishing in Canada.
"The group sessions generated much interest and energy resulting in a strong desire for action and involvement on the part of the sisters," said Sister Patricia Derbyshire, a Sister of Charity of St. Louis, who recently moved here from Calgary.
The action plan established over the two days to address this issue is as follows:
Another participant, Dr. Caroline Nolan, professor of Scripture, Newman Theological College, expressed her support of the sisters' plan.
The assembly was considered to be a success and many looked forward to participating in the upcoming forum on Preventing Human Trafficking, Oct. 12-14, in Red Deer.
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