2022 Assembly


UCESM Webinars: Spiritual Abuse


Featuring a dialogue with the speakers and group work


28 April 2021:

  • Sr. Dr. Katharina Kluitmann osf, President DOK (D), theologian, psychologist.
  • Mrs. Dr. Doris Reisinger-Wagner, theologian, philosopher, author.

18 May 2021:

  • Sr. Véronique Margron op, President CORREF (F), theologian, moralist.
  • Br. Brendan Geary fms, clinical psychologist.


French, Italian, English, Spanish and German with similtaneous translation

This webinar is linked to a second webinar on 18th May 2021, but it is possible to participate in only one session.

Register online here:


Tel: +32 2265 0156

International Webinars on Human Trafficking, in light of ‘Laudato ‘Si’ and ‘Fratelli Tutti’ encyclicals


A series of four webinars considering perspectives on Human Trafficking in the light of the encyclicals Laudato ‘Si and Fratelli Tutti, have been taking place over a number of dates in October and November, 2020, with the next webinar to be screened 8 December. 

The webinars are a collaborative process, organised by the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd (OLCGS), in collaboration with Collège Universitaire Henry Dunant, the Sovereign Order of Malta to monitor, combat human trafficking and Christus Liberat. 

The webinars cover aspects of the overall theme, with a specific focus selected for each individual webinar and are informed by speakers from a cross-section of international, experienced practitioners. 

To view the webinars already recorded, please find the dates and links below.

20 October 2020: ‘’Religious Helping Trafficking Victims along the Road to Recovery.’’ 

27 October 2020:  ‘’Religious Working in International Advocacy against Human Trafficking.’’

1 December 2020: ‘’The impact of Human Trafficking on Health:- Trauma.’’

8 December will see the fourth in the series of webinars, focusing on the theme ‘’ The impact of Human Trafficking on Health:- Healing.’’ 

To register: 


** Subtitled translations (Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian) of the webinars are available at: 

‘’A Hidden army of ‘very brave nuns’ fight child trafficking’’ – NBC news feature.


As part of the Keeping the Faith series, NBC’s Cynthia McFadden tells the story of strong women who have been working mostly in the shadows until now.

Focusing on the work of Catholic sisters leading the global fight to combat Child Trafficking and Exploitation, NBC’s  Keeping the Faith series places a spotlight on the almost invisible work being done by Catholic sisters. 

Watch the Today Show story on a ‘hidden army’ of tens of thousands of Catholic sisters fighting trafficking from their communities.

To read:

STOP Trafficking Newsletter – April 2020 edition


While this particular issue seems quite specific to the US, we can still find it relevant to those of us whose countries offer Foster-care programmes and Programmes for youths who cannot live in their family homes. 

Children in the foster care system lack a permanent and stable family, they may move multiple times during their time in foster care and may have limited access to educational opportunities. This may contribute to their sense of vulnerability and puts them at risk of Human Trafficking. 

You can download the pdf or go to online copy at :

Congratulations to RENATE colleagues at Damaris House, Greece, on their 5th anniversary!


Dina Petrou, founded Damaris House in March 2016 and shares her joyful message with us as follows:

‘’This month calls for celebration at Community House Damaris, as we complete 5 years since we were officially established on March 16, 2016!  This date brought the answer to my seven-year prayer for a safe, healing space for these precious women who were victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. It was the day I saw God answer the burden of my heart to establish a safe house and recovery program aimed specifically to meet the needs of the women whom I had been reaching out to for ten years in several brothels of downtown Athens. I am deeply grateful to God.

Since Damaris House has opened its doors in March of 2016 –

  • 28 women have joined the program
  • 16 babies have been born to women while in the program
  • 32 children have had a mother participate in the program

All these milestones that God allowed us to reach and celebrate have lead me to envision the next step of this ministry. Specifically, that I dream of establishing a social businesses for the employment and financial support of our girls after graduating Phases I & II of the Day Program. This has been a burden in my heart all these years and I have been praying for the provision of the right business person – maybe from the States or Europe – to convey and expand this vision of mine.

The Glory belongs to God, to whom we keep giving thanks daily for His protection and Providence in all our needs. We thank Him for all of our supporters and all who have been praying and supporting us in many tangible ways. Please, keep praying that God gives us wisdom and discernment, that He is the One who guides our steps so that we can serve our girls effectively.

We continue with what we have, praying and looking with faith expectantly at what will come out of His hand.

Love in Christ,

Facebook: @housedamaris