Indian nun receives honorary doctorate for her work with UN

Sister Teresa Kotturan

By: Matters India Reporter


Louisville, Kentucky (USA), June 7, 2019: Spalding University, USA, has conferned an honorary doctorate on Indian nun, Sister Teresa Kotturan of Nazareth,  at the United Nations  for the Sisters of Charity Federation, on June 3.


Sister Teresa, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Kentucky, serves as the main representative for the Sisters of Charity Federation NGO at the UN.


In this role, Sister Teresa’s primary objective is to take to the global stage of the UN, the concerns of the 3,400 members of the Charity Federation and all those with whom and to whom they minister in 28 countries.


She works closely with other NGO representatives and multiple committees to address political, economic, social, and humanitarian policies. Having lived and ministered in many areas of the global south, Sister Teresa brings a concrete understanding of the realities confronting those who live in poverty.


She is committed to raising awareness of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people live in peace and prosperity.


Prior to accepting her position at the UN, Sister Teresa was vice president of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Congregation. While a vice president, she collaborated as an NGO Liaison for five years and presented systemic change and UN initiatives to congregational membership and collaborators for implementation.


She has also served as the provincial superior of India and Nepal where she lived amidst people who have faced poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, and denial of basic human rights, especially for the women and girl children.


“I have seen and been a part of the issues the developed world is facing,” said Sister Teresa.


Sister Teresa works to ensure that the voices of women religious and those they serve are heard. A gifted communicator, Sister strives to raise awareness through multimedia presentations, social media postings, newsletters, and issue alerts, about pressing global concerns that include poverty, lack of education to education, human trafficking, international law, global citizenship, migration, inter-religious dialogue, social development, financing for development and environmental sustainability.


“We cannot right all the wrongs in this world; we can attempt to do a little at a time,” she said.  


“The Charity Federation UN–NGO Representative position offers that opportunity, to engage a wide range of people – within the Federation, the Vincentian Family, and beyond – to make a difference, create a web of relationships, and harmony,” she said.


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