Sister Patricia Marie Thomas, trailblazer in outreach ministry
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Sister Patricia Marie Thomas, trailblazer in outreach ministry

Sister Patricia Marie Thomas was among the first Good Shepherd Sisters in the Province of Mid-North America to break from the tradition of serving in Good Shepherd sponsored ministries to serve in parish ministries instead. The year was 1972. Sister Patricia Marie was in St. Paul. The pastor of the St. Luke’s parish had become…

HandCrafting Justice now winding down

HandCrafting Justice now winding down

HandCrafting Justice is now winding down. It was with bittersweet emotion that HandCrafting Justice, Inc. (HCJ) Board of Directors announced that HCJ would be closing on January 31, 2016. The fair trade ministry of Sisters of the Good Shepherd in the USA announced the news on January 14. HandCrafting Justice began marketing women’s handmade crafts in…

HandCrafting Justice: trade for dignity

HandCrafting Justice: trade for dignity

HandCrafting Justice (HCJ) is an empowerment program that helps lift women and their families out of poverty. HandCrafting Justice provides access to fair trade markets for unique, handmade goods created by enterprising women in the developing world working to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. By fostering self-reliance, ensuring fair wages, and building…