Iris Cohn, Angela Sivers, Margot Dupeyroux, Harper D’Andrea and Marsi Thelin of St. Mary’s Academy will attend justice Montreal forum. (St. Mary’s Academy)
Iris Cohn, Angela Sivers, Margot Dupeyroux, Harper D’Andrea and Marsi Thelin of St. Mary’s Academy will attend justice Montreal forum. (St. Mary’s Academy)
Concerned about injustice in the world and ready to act, 40 students from Lesotho, the United States and Canada will participate in the Youth Justice Forum in Montreal this month. Four students from St. Mary’s Academy will be among them.

Thirteen schools affiliated with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary will be represented at the Forum, set for July 15-20 at Durocher College.

Attending from St. Mary’s are Iris Cohn, Harper D’Andrea, Margot Dupeyroux and Angela Sivers, plus adult leader Marsi Thelin.

“We hope to create links that will propel the students beyond their normal horizons to create more engaged citizens, citizens that are very conscious of the ideals of justice and peace upheld by our community,” says Sister Yvonne Massicotte, administrative coordinator of the SNJM Justice and Peace Network.

Immigration, the traffic in human beings and the right to water will be among topics explored at the forum.

Forum participants will also be involved in volunteer experiences with social service organizations. They also will take a pilgrimage to the founding home of the Sisters, the Marie-Rose Centre in nearby Longueuil, Quebec. 

“It’s been fun to see the students extend the concern of the SNJM Corporate Stands related to water and human trafficking and  have them grapple with immigration and other current social concerns,” said Pat Barr, coordinator of Incorporated Province Ministries for the Sisters of the Holy Names’ U.S.—Ontario Province.  “They offer their hands and their hearts to continue this important work in their local communities.”

In past years, Youth Justice Forum students have witnessed a Superfund river cleanup project in Seattle, listened to the concerns of Native American tribes, and learned about teens living in poverty.