Reflect on United Nations Day – 24 October 2023

The United Nations is a reflection of the world as it is – and an aspiration of the world we know it can be. 
It is our responsibility to help build that world of peace, sustainable development and human rights for all.
We can do it. The Charter of the United Nations – which entered into force 78 years ago today – points the way.
Above all, it is rooted in a spirit of determination to heal divisions, repair relations, and build peace.
To expand opportunities, and leave no one behind. 
To ensure justice, equality and empowerment for women and girls.
To provide life-saving relief to those in need.
And to be flexible enough to address challenges that did not even exist when the UN was born – from the existential climate crisis to the perils and promise of artificial intelligence. 
The United Nations is guided by timeless values and principles, but it must never be frozen in time. That is why we must always keep strengthening ways of working and applying a 21st century lens to all we do.
On this United Nations Day, let us commit with hope and determination to build the better world of our aspirations.
Let us commit to a future that lives up to the name of our indispensable organization.
We are a divided world.
We can and must be united nations.
– Source: UN


UNANIMA International is an NGO with consultative status at the United Nations in New York. which began at the US Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in 2000. “UN” represents the United Nations, and “ANIMA” is from the Latin word for feminine “spirit”.

UNANIMA International is a coalition of 22 congregations of women religious living and working in 85 countries across the globe, sharing a commitment to work for peace and human dignity.

Through the Congregation Projects Fund, Brigidines support and collaborate with UNANIMA International (UI).

Jean Quinn DW is the current Director and our Margaret Fyfe csb is the Brigidine representative on the UI Board.

The most recent Newsletter from UNANIMA can be accessed here:
UNANIMA International News from the UN and Around the World. October 2023



Jean Quinn also attended the UISG Advocacy Forum in Rome – an initiative of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) in collaboration with the Global Solidarity Fund.  Jean was one of the participants interviewed by Vatican Radio News:  UISG Advocacy Forum – Religious women are leaders of change



Brigid, you were a woman of peace,
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,
And may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.




“…we are challenged to listen and respond to the cry of all life pleading,
“Am I not your neighbour?’” 
– Invitation and Call,  Congregational Forum 2022