Perspectives Online
Expanding Consciousness: Berakah Program Deepens a Pilgrim Worldview

Sister of Holy Cross Denise Turcotte CSC describes a unique program that elicits and nourishes such a worldview, weaving together mystical spirituality and the stories of the universe, of Earth and of the human species.

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A Dream Conferred: Creating a Legacy of Peace in Mexico

Sister of the Holy Cross Patricia Rodríguez Leal CSC describes how the community of Niños por la Paz volunteers formed a School of Forgiveness and Reconciliation to heal both victims and perpetrators of violence and rebuild a culture of peace.

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Growing Together: Haiti's Holistic Approach to Healing

Sister of Holy Cross Denise Turcotte, CSC, describes several Haitian initiatives that serve to create 'abundant communities' which enhance personal and communal well-being.

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Holy Angels: Nurturing Community Strengths in New Orleans' Bywater

Marianite of Holy Cross Clarita Bourque describes Marianite efforts to reweave the physical and social fabric of the Bywater area following Hurricane Katrina, including their partnership with Sankofa - an open-air market for local farmers and merchants.

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Gardens of Hope Sprout in Lima, Peru

Sister of the Holy Cross Patricia Dieringer describes an innovative organic gardening program patterned on Cuba’s “urban agriculture movement” – one that grows not only food, but confidence, self-esteem and hope as well.

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D-Trois-Pierres: Listening, Learning, Befriending Life

Sister of Holy Cross Rachel L. Jetté shares the spirit of "D-Trois-Pierres" - a place where young people not only acquire skills, but also find roots through cultivating the land and learn through nature's touch to be in touch with themselves.

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Paradise Saved!

Marianite of Holy Cross Carlota LeBoeuf, MSC, reflects on the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in southern Louisiana's Barataria-Terrebonne estuary.

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Cultivating Resilient Communities: Practical Ways to Build Local Economies

Sister of the Holy Cross Amy Cavender points out the ecological impact of our globalized economic system, presents reasons for "buying local" whenever possible, and offers several practical suggestions for supporting and growing local economies.

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Marlin Mine: Devastating Indigenous Lands and Lives

Richard Renshaw, CSC, a priest of the English Canadian Vicariate of Holy Cross, describes the impact of Marlin Gold Mine on the local ecological and social fabric.

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Ospreys and Songbirds and Deer - Oh My!

The Sisters of the Holy Cross' native prairie restoration project at Saint Mary's has many ecological benefits, including carbon sequestration and increased biodiversity.

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Tending and Mending the Earth: Earth literacy takes root at Holy Angels

Marianite of Holy Cross Gretchen Dysart of New Orleans, Louisiana, describes her Earth literacy studies and a variety of earth-friendly practices at Holy Angels Congregational Center in New Orleans.

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Sewing Seeds of Hope in the Desert: The Holy Cross Center in Tacna, Peru, fosters resilience.

Sister Rachel Laramée CSC shares how the Holy Cross Center in Tacna is helping the local people to improve the quality of their lives and strengthen community.

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A Step in the Right Direction: King's College student brings new growth to campus

Leanne Mazurick, Director of Volunteer Services and one of the founding members of King's College Green Initiative, describes how an environmental studies senior creatively brought urban gardening to campus.

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From the Ashes of Katrina

Marianite of Holy Cross Joyce Hanks describes how the Marianites partnered with volunteers to rehabilitate a home for an employee who lost nearly everything in Hurricane Katrina.

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Genesis of La Forêt La Source

Sister Norma McDonald CSC, of Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface in Manitoba, Canada, describes the beginnings of a reforestation project in Haiti.

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Discerners go solar!

Sisters of the Holy Cross at Proggalaya (Wisdom) House in Bangladesh switch to solar power with the help of Grameen Shakti.

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