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October 28, 2021, San Bernardino, California – Sister Judy Byron, OP, consultant of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Portfolio Advisory Board, was featured recently on Mission Minute News for her involvement in efforts to work with gun manufacturers to put an end to the epidemic of gun violence.
During the 30-minute program, Mission San Jose Dominican Sister Jeanne Harris, OP, outlines Sister Judy’s work to prevent gun violence through corporate responsibility campaigns with gun manufacturers. Most recently, Sister Judy led the efforts of 15 organizations in the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility to persuade shareholders of Smith & Wesson to pass a resolution that the gun manufacturer adopt a comprehensive human rights policy in light of rising gun violence in the United States. They drew support from 43.9% of the shareholders - a much greater show of support than at earlier shareholder meetings.
Watch the Mission Minute News video. The segment on Sister Judy can be found at the 9:07 mark.
October 13, 2021, Morris Plains, New Jersey – For the sixth year, Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, has been named one of the Top 50 Power and Influence executives of nonprofit organizations by The NonProfit Times (NPT). The 50 were chosen from among 300 top executives and were recognized as initiators, innovators, and leaders who worked as “day-in, day-out executives,” according to The NonProfit Times.
The 50 honorees were feted recently at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., at the Annual NPT Power and Influence Gala.
Sister Donna, the first woman to serve as President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), was recognized for her commitment to immigrants. She is “one of the few nonprofit CEOs who went to the border on more than a photo-op tour,” according to Paul Cholery, Vice President and Editorial Director of NPT. “She and her network are showing how to care for detained immigrants.”
Immigration Advocacy and Refugee Services is one of the top priorities of CCUSA. Catholic Charities agencies around the country provide critical assistance to immigrants and refugees, as well as citizenship education and other services.
In April, Sister Donna traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border at El Centro, California, to get a sense of the situation at the border and to give her support to Catholic Charities workers struggling to meet the needs of the immigrants. Local Catholic Charities agencies set up shelters with food and clean clothes for immigrants coming out of detention and helped them get transportation to their friends or relatives in the United States.
“There’s no way you can look at that degree of human suffering and not be affected by it,” Sister Donna said. “My hat is off to the people in Catholic Charities who are doing this all the time, every day. Each one of them is a walking saint. They reach out in compassion and respect.”
Feature photo: Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, left, takes time to chat with William and his daughter, Julia, who came to the United States from Brazil during her recent visit to Catholic Charities shelters at the U.S.-Mexico border.