Girls' Education Matters (GEM)
Join us for the 2023 Fiesta of Solidarity. Feast on delicious South American food, sip on Arkansas wine, and enjoy live entertainment all in support of the G.E.M. scholarship program sponsored by St. Purchase tickets from the St. Scholastica Office in Fort Smith, AR. For more information, call 479-783-4147. WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2023 WHERE:…
A Story of Solidarity
Since 2013, the Sisters of St. Scholastica have continued their long tradition of providing quality education by establishing a girls’ scholarship program with a Benedictine school, Colegio San Benito, in Esquipulas, Guatemala. The G.E.M. (Girls’ Education Matters) program has been a teaching and learning experience, truly mutually enriching.
“I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.” ~Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan writer~
The focus of the scholarship program is the education of girls coming from material poverty. Father Hugo Lopez, OSB, stated,
“Inspired by the Gospel and the Rule of St. Benedict, students at San Benito can become the future actors of positive change for the country and undertake the struggle against poverty, marginalization and indifference.”
SOMOS UNA FAMILIA EN CRISTO
WE ARE ONE FAMILY IN CHRIST
How’s this for Solidarity?
Each year, under the guidance of Deacon Roy Goetz, the Subiaco Boys Academy sponsors a Lenten collection for the G.E.M. Program.
We are grateful for solidarity of the faithful partners who have helped to build the “bridge” to Guatemala:
Subiaco Abbey and Academy, Trinity Catholic School, Christ the King, Immaculate Conception School, Sacred Heart Church, Charleston, St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, and St. Joseph Catholic School, Anderson, SC
For more information about the work of the Social Justice Committee, please contact the following:
Sr. Rosalie Ruesewald [email protected]
Sr. Barbara Bock [email protected]
Oblate Kathy Jarvis [email protected]