Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sr. Tess SCN speaking at the MLK Jr. Prayer Breakfast

I just got the notice from the Duxbury Interfaith Council that the speaker for the annual Martin Luther King Day breakfast is someone I know.  I'm so pleased. Haven't seen her in a few years, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she has to say.  We've been asked to announce the information. As I don't have a parish, per se, I'm announcing it here so that those of you who are local might have the information.

Here are the practical details via the official announcement from the DIC:

The Duxbury Interfaith Council and the No Place for Hate Committee invites the community to its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast on Monday, January 20.  The breakfast and service will be held at Holy Family Church at 8:15 AM, 601 Tremont St., Duxbury.    Participating in the service will be The Duxbury High School Chamber Singers under the direction of Robert Judge. 

There is a requested donation of $5 per person or $15 per family.  For additional information you can contact the Council at 781-934-8388,

I also found a more extended bio of Sr. Tess on another website, so I'm including that one instead of the short version in the official DIC announcement:

S. Marie-Theresa "Tess" Browne
Marie-Therese Browne, S.C.N., known as “Tess” or Sister Tess. Tess has three decades of experience in social justice organizing, including working with the United Farm Workers in Wisconsin and Texas (under the auspices of the National Farm Worker Ministry), with the Committee for Boston Public Housing as an organizer and as Coordinator of Leadership Development, Training and Diversity; in organizing a statewide women’s project as a follow-up to the 1995 UN Conference on Women in Beijing; and various interfaith social justice projects, including the Racial Justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches. She has a wealth of connections in Massachusetts in a wide range of communities and constituencies.

Marie-Therese is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, and an US citizen. Most recently she was the coordinator (2005-2009) for HELP (Healthy Environment Leadership Project), an interfaith environmental justice project at Episcopal Divinity School, and co-sponsored by Alliance for Healthy Tomorrow, and the Mass Council of Churches; in partnership with congregations and community organizations in communities of colour in Boston. This environment justice organizing and policy campaign continued Tess’s experience and commitment to environmental issues. She has her B.A. in Biology, and taught high school Biology., and through her work with the farm worker community, she became knowledgeable of the impact of pesticides and chemicals on people’s health. She also has a Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, College of Public and Community Service. As a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, she has a commitment to care for the earth, and to be in solidarity with oppressed peoples.

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