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Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

Through lives of vowed poverty and common ownership CSA Sisters live simply (Constitution ¶17) so that some among them are able to minister among “those whose faith life or human dignity is threatened” (Constitution ¶4).

In an option for the most vulnerable, they have responded affirmatively to calls for service where many other communities would not go (Letter to a sister, February 10, 1884).

UNANIMA International

UNANIMA International (UI), is a non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations which CSA helped found in 2002. “Anima” is Latin for feminine spirit. UI is an international coalition of 23 communities of religious women in 85 countries and with over 23,000 members. Their work takes place primarily at the United Nations headquarters in New York. 

UI’s current focus is Women, Children and Girls. We advocate for women and children experiencing poverty, homelessness/displacement and who are victims of human trafficking and bring their voices to the United Nations. Learn more including several publications, available for download.

JPIC Coordinator, Tracy Abler, serves on the UI Board as CSA’s representative.

UI staff contribute significantly to other NGO committees, workings groups, commissions, and collaborations.

The 62nd session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD62) took place February 5-14, 2023. UI was especially involved in the preparations and negotiations during the Commission, as UI’s Executive Director, Jean Quinn, DW, and Executive Assistant/Assistant UN Representative, Liana Almony, both serve on the Executive for the NGO Committee for Social Development (NGO CSocD). 

Read more about this and the many other incredible ways UI is represented internationally in the March 2024 Letter from Executive Director, Jean Quinn, DW. 

UNANIMA International bi-monthly newsletters are currently available in four languages. 

The UNANIMA International website is available in EIGHT languages!

In March 2024, the UI Board of Directors began the search for the next executive director. The deadline for expressions of interest has been extended. Please consider and/or help to circulate this advertisement for more information. 

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This short documentary highlights how UNANIMA International have brought attention to Family Homelessness within the United Nations system, including through education and advocacy efforts at the United Nations 58th Commission for Social Development (CSocD58).


The Poor People’s Campaign

“In 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others called for a “revolution of values” in America. They sought to build a broad, fusion movement that could unite poor and impacted communities across the country. Their name was a direct cry from the underside of history: The Poor People’s Campaign. 

Today, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has picked up this unfinished work. From Alaska to Arkansas, the Bronx to the border, people are coming together to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. We understand that as a nation we are at a critical juncture — that we need a movement that will shift the moral narrative, impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build lasting power for poor and impacted people. “

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Wisconsin’s Poor People’s Campaign -


NETWORK is a Catholic Sisters Lobby group which addresses several issues that impact families and the community: budget, healthcare, housing, income, taxes, women and families.

Learn more about the NETWORK Lobby