Spotlight on Sr. Rita Geoppinger

Posted on: January 8, 2021 12:00 pm
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After 50 years as a Notre Dame educator, Sr. Rita Geoppinger, SND, now educates through JPIC and Association ministries.

Featured in the January 2021 JPIC Newsletter

As I move through the autumn of my life, I feel so blessed to be able to continue my SND outreach ministry. I had 50 wonderful years of active engagement as a Notre Dame educator. Now I am able to continue this ministry in my retirement years through Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and Association. Since my return from Uganda in 2014, I have taken an active role in these SND priorities. Both are powerful forces in bringing about the Kingdom of God and when combined they exponentially increase their efficacy.

In 2016 the SND General Chapter selected Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation as one of our Congregational priorities. In 2018, I had the privilege of attending a month-long conference at the Motherhouse on Bringing JPIC to Life in our regions.

Undoubtedly, the Sisters were committed to this focus: my goal was to encourage our Associates to join us in these efforts. After two years, I am thrilled with these results. The Covington region now has a very dedicated Core Team of (4) Sisters and (4) Associates who have established sub committees for each of the social justice causes* championed by the General Chapter.

The majority of Sisters and Associates locally have joined one of these committees and they look for ways they can educate, advocate and take action on behalf of their issue. There is also opportunity for this Core Team to respond to immediate social justice concerns by mobilizing the entire membership when needed.

Now that we are SND USA with a National JPIC Office, my hope for the coming year is to broaden the scope of our efforts and activities. There is strength in numbers. Despite COVID, our National JPIC outreach has more resources at its disposal and a wider sphere of influence. By working together across the nation, the Sisters and Associates will have a stronger voice to help bring about Justice, Peace and Integrity Of Creation for all who are most in need of these basic Christian values: namely, every one of God’s beloved children.

*Social Justice Causes: Immigration, Human Trafficking, and the Environment

Nakaggwa Evelyn Uganda
Date: 1 week ago


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