Diocese of Orlando Assistant Vocations Director Sister Kathleen Power witnessed history in the making when she attended her religious order’s convention in St. Louis July 9-13.
The Sisters of St. Joseph Federation Event was held at the Millennium Hotel. But the hotel chain was selected only after management agreed to sign an anti-trafficking pledge and to educate employees how to identify and report possible cases of human trafficking.
Over 900 sisters and lay associates of the Sisters of St. Joseph religious order from the USA and 20 other countries gathered for spiritual development and prayer. How to take action against human trafficking was a major theme as well.
The Sisters of St. Joseph have been educating themselves and others about the tragedy of human trafficking for several years. When it came time to plan their convention, they were determined to find a hotel that would seek to protect children from commercial exploitation, especially sexual exploitation.
“It’s truly amazing to see a group of sisters working together to make this type of change. It’s exciting that we were able to accomplish that,” said Sister Kathleen.
To read more about the Sisters of St. Joseph and their effort to combat human trafficking, click here.
The bishops of Florida launched a human trafficking awareness campaign in January. To read more about this tragedy and what you can do to be an advocate for change, click here.