Visiting Sister appointed to UN post

June 29, 2009 by

A Mexican Sister of St. Joseph now studying in Concordia for a month has been appointed to represent sisters worldwide at the United Nations.

Sister Griselda Martinez-Morales, a member of the Lyon congregation’s Mexico Province, will represent the nearly 14,000 sisters around the globe on the UN’s Economic and Social Council in New York.

Sister Griselda Martinez-Morales, center, talks with Concordia radio host Roger Nelson about her new role as representative of the Sisters of St. Joseph worldwide to the United Nations. Sister Griselda and Sister Beth Stover, right, appeared on the KNCK-AM talk show June 26.

Sister Griselda Martinez-Morales, center, talks with Concordia radio host Roger Nelson about her new role as representative of the Sisters of St. Joseph worldwide to the United Nations. Sister Griselda and Sister Beth Stover, right, appeared on the KNCK-AM talk show June 26.

She succeeds longtime representative Sister Carol Zinn, who is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia.

The federation of sisters’ congregations is one of about 3,000 “non-government organizations” providing technical advice and consultations to the UN.

“We speak for the people,” Sister Griselda explains. “Governments make decisions, and the people have needs. Our mission is to bring those together.”

She is one of 37 sisters from eight countries and nine U.S. states spending a month in Concordia as part of the “Bearers of the Tradition” institute, an intensive study of the origin and history of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The program is presented and hosted by Manna House of Prayer.

Sister Griselda will spend some time in New York with Sister Carol being assuming sole responsibility in her new role. In addition to learning more about the function of the UN and the sisters’ mission there, she wants to learn about more of the work Sisters of St. Joseph provide in the 55 countries where they serve worldwide.

“There is need everywhere in the world,” Sister Griselda says simply. “We go where there is need.”

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