UN NGO LIAISON: DARLENE IN HER NEW ROLE
In October 2022, Darlene O’Leary and Sister Marion Sheridan were able to travel to New Jersey and New York for a gathering of the UN NGO Liaisons for the Sisters of Charity Federation.This was the first opportunity for Darlene to meet many of the NGO Liaisons in person and to meet the outgoing UN NGO Representative, Sister Teresa Kotturan, SCN, as well as the incoming Representative, starting in January 2023, Dr. James (Jimmy) Walters. It was great to see the new UN NGO office, across from the UN in New York. We also had a chance to have a tour of the UN, where we walked through the many exhibits on display marking the important history of the institution. We visited the Security Council and General Assembly meeting rooms. And we even saw the UN Secretary General walk by our group as we started our tour! Our trip also included a meeting of the NGO Liaisons with Sister Teresa and Jimmy, which helped us get to know each other a bit better and see how we will move forward with the NGO work. We ended our gathering with a celebration dinner marking the wonderful work that Sister Teresa has done as our UN NGO Representative for the past 8 years. We also celebrated some of the outgoing NGO Liaisons, including Sister Marion Sheridan. It was a great time together and there is much to look forward to in our ongoing work with the UN NGO!