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Welcome to the Season of Creation!

Catholics around the world recognize the Season of Creation from September 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. As Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, we have made a commitment to respond to the crisis of Earth.

Season of Creation resources

We invite you to engage with some of our Season of Creation resources.

Our 2021 Season of Creation Prayer Journal is available for download a pdf in English, Spanish and Japanese.

A World of Gratitude guided reflection is available on our YouTube channel in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Download a Meditation on Creation prayer card from the Catholic Climate Covenant in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Learn about ways to be more ecologically sustainable in various areas of your home:

Reflect on our Closing Prayer video with reflections from Chile, Japan, the United States and Peru. Captions in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Sign the Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition

Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition

From the international Laudato Si’ Movement:

Our common home and common family are suffering. The climate emergency is causing rising seas, a warmer planet, and more extreme weather. It’s devastating the lives of our poorest sisters and brothers. At the same time, biologists estimate that we’re driving species to extinction at a rate of 100 to 1,000 times their usual rate. “We have no such right” (Laudato Si’ 33). In the year 2021, we have an opportunity like no other. At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in October, world leaders can set meaningful targets to protect creation. In November, at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), countries will announce their plans to meet the goals of the Paris agreement. Ahead of those meetings, it is our responsibility as Catholics to lift up the voices of the most vulnerable and advocate on their behalf. We must act now.

Sign their Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition
Firma la Petición Planeta Sano, Gente Sana
「健全な地球、健全な人々」のための請願書

Join us for a half-day virtual retreat

To celebrate the Season of Creation, join our Los Angeles Province, the congregation and the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph for “Sacred Mystery in the Heart of Creation,” a half-day virtual retreat presented by Linda Neil, CSJ. This interactive, online presentation will integrate the Gospel with our call to care for Creation. Spanish interpretation will be available. The retreat will feature two sections with an hour-long break in between; if you can only join for one, you are welcome! view the full schedule

Saturday, September 18
noon-5:30pm EDT / 11am-4:30pm CDT
10am-3:30pm MDT / 9am-2:30pm PDT
6-11:30am Hawai’i / 9月19日日曜日午前1時
1-6:30pm in Chile / 11am-4:30pm in Peru
Register now

   September 20th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Earth Spirituality, Federation, General, In The News, Justice


Placard reading "Protect My Vote"

The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act

The right to vote is foundational to our form of government. Voting allows citizens to have a say in decisions that affect our lives and to be fairly represented by officials who are responsive to our needs.

The cry of our dear neighbor impels us as Sisters of St Joseph, together with our associates and companions, to commit ourselves to work towards dismantling interlocking systems of oppression, including those that would limit access to voting. Our sisters marched in Selma to help secure the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Sisters of St. Joseph were part of the treatment team that cared for John Lewis when he was brutally beaten on the Edmund Pettis Bridge fighting for voting rights. Today, we urge the swift passage of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act. These are two steps to ensuring that our voting processes do not discriminate against voters based on race.

Please find further information about both The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act below. If you are looking for a way to contact your Senators about supporting these acts or want to send a letter to the editor of your local paper, you can find both below as well.

Bipartisan support and the filibuster

Both of these bills deserve bipartisan support. As the Community of St Joseph, which values seeking unity and communion, we are disheartened by the absence of such collaboration. If our Congress cannot find compromises that allow passage of these two bills, then we reluctantly support a filibuster carve-out by the United States Senate for bills that relate to voting rights.

Contact your senators

Send a letter to the editor

The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act seeks to restore the full protections of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. This new legislation is updated in part to reduce its vulnerability to another court challenge on the grounds of having outdated data on discriminatory voting practices, which was the basis for the 2013 Supreme Court decision. The revised bill is also worded to address a more recent Supreme Court decision that made the use of lawsuits against election officials under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act more difficult.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act provides the necessary tools to address discriminatory voting practices and protects all Americans’ access to the ballot box. This bill:
• Creates a new coverage formula that applies to all states and hinges on finding repeated voting rights violations in the preceding 25 years;
• Establishes a targeted process for reviewing voting changes in jurisdictions nationwide, focused on measures that have historically been used to discriminate against voters;
• Allows a federal court to order states or jurisdictions to be covered for results-based violations, where the effect of a particular voting measure (including voter ID laws) is to lead to racial discrimination in voting and to deny citizens their right to vote;
• Increases transparency by requiring reasonable public notice for voting changes;
• Allows the Attorney General authority to request federal observers be present anywhere in the country where there is a serious threat of racial discrimination in voting;
• Revises and tailors the preliminary injunction standard for voting rights actions to recognize that there will be cases where there is a need for immediate preliminary relief; and
• Increases accessibility and protections for Native American and Alaska Native voters.

The Freedom to Vote Act

The Freedom to Vote Act creates national standards for states that have voter identification requirements, expands early voting, makes Election Day a national holiday, bans partisan gerrymandering and implements election security and campaign finance measures. This bill is a compromise effort to find middle ground that is acceptable to moderates of both parties, replacing the For the People Act. It addresses new legislation in many states that increases voting restrictions.

The Freedom to Vote Act:
• Allows for same-day voter registration,
• Establishes automatic voter registration,
• Protects and expands access to voting by mail,
• Establishes 15 days of early voting, including at least two weekends,
• Restores voting rights to individuals who have been previously incarcerated,
• Prevents partisan gerrymandering, and
• Protects against voter intimidation.

   September 15th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, General, In The News, Justice


 

Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet Statement on the Treatment of Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Other languages:  移住者、亡命希望者、難民の扱いについてのステートメント  |  Declaración sobre el Trato de los Migrantes, Solicitantes de Asilo y Refugiados

Moving always towards profound love of our neighbor without distinction, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet defend the human rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.[i] We do this through advocacy and actions. In these complex times, we commit ourselves to both deepen and broaden our understanding of the interlocking issues that impact both people and governments. While recognizing the complexity, we acknowledge the simple truth that the right to seek asylum is a human right, and migrants are our sisters and brothers worthy of being treated with dignity and respect.

Worldwide migrants, asylum seekers and refugees encounter racism and discrimination. We urge countries to prioritize just and humane processes in their immigration policies. We encourage interventions to address these issues at a systemic level and through personal conversion. Those who assist these people in the legal processes and resettlement benefit from training and cultural sensitivity. Immigration officials have made great strides but need to continue to improve trafficking victim identification rates. Legal protections are needed to address discrimination faced by migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

The countries in which we minister—Chile, Japan, Peru and the United States of America—all signed on to the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, a UN International Treaty. This protocol commits to treating asylum seekers and refugees in accordance with internationally recognized legal and humanitarian standards, including:

  • Not sending refugees to a place where they are at risk of persecution,
  • Providing refugees with a legal status, including rights such as access to employment, education and social security, and
  • Not punishing refugees for entering a country without a passport or visa.

We call on our governments and the United Nations to fulfill their obligations under this protocol. We continue to advocate for global cooperation to address the 4.2 million human beings seeking refuge and asylum. To accomplish this, we need:

  • Strong and well-funded refugee systems that allow people to apply for asylum, treat refugee claims fairly, provide resettlement assistance, and provide basics like food, education and healthcare;
  • Government commitments to keep families together;
  • Compassionate responses to address the unique needs and trauma faced by unaccompanied minors;
  • Limited detention periods without judicial review and provisional release options; and
  • Pathways to permanent residence status or citizenship.

Many of our members continue to support those seeking refuge or receiving asylum and migrants living in our countries by providing emergency assistance and longer-term supports. As we continue to educate ourselves and learn from our interactions with those we serve, we share our learnings with the wider community and invite them to join us in our advocacy and actions.

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[i] An asylum seeker is a person seeking to be admitted into a country as a refugee and awaiting decision on his/her application for refugee status under relevant international and national instruments. Persons seeking asylum flee persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, or political reasons, including conflict and war.

Refugees are people who have fled war, violence, conflict or persecution and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country.

There is no internationally accepted legal definition of a migrant. Migrants are not asylum-seekers or refugees. They leave their country for a variety of reasons including seeking work, to study, because of poverty, natural disasters, gang violence or other reasons.

   September 13th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, In The News, Justice


Take action with us to help DREAMers

As a congregation, we have made a commitment to “deepen awareness of our complicity and work toward dismantling interlocking systems of oppression.” One such system of oppression is the existing immigration system in the United States. Our dear neighbors who are seeking asylum and better opportunities in the United States face a byzantine process that results in many living in constant fear of deportation and unable to access social safety net programs.

DREAMers are undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children (the term comes from the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors or DREAM Act, which never passed Congress). The United States is frequently the only home they have known. DREAMers are critical members of our community. They serve in our military. They are teachers and students. They are health care providers and front-line workers. They are our neighbors. Together with their families, they make our nation a better place.

More than 650,000 DREAMers have already benefitted from the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) policy, a program created by executive order that has allowed them to apply for driver’s licenses, social security numbers and work permits. Tens of thousands of DREAMers have pending applications for DACA, but that program remains in jeopardy as it is being fought in the courts.

Please take a moment to use our tool below and tell your elected members of Congress that these young people are essential members of our communities. They deserve a permanent solution and a road to citizenship now.

   August 5th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, General, In The News, Justice


Take action to protect our immigrant neighbors

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As Sisters of St. Joseph, love of God and our dear neighbors guides all our actions. Our love for our immigrant neighbors compels us to work for better systems to protect them. In particular, we support the measures in President Biden’s Build Back Better plan that would create a pathway to citizenship for some immigrant workers, and we encourage everyone to contact their elected officials to ensure they are passed.

The Build Back Better legislative package, which will most likely be considered through the reconciliation process requiring 51 votes rather than 60 votes in the Senate, has $1.2 billion in funding to establish and implement a pathway to citizenship for essential immigrant workers; farmworkers; people with DACA, TPS and DED; and their families. During August and September, while this legislation is being considered, we must watch closely and advocate strongly that this pathway to citizenship and the necessary $1.2 billion in funding not be stripped out of the bill.

Six million immigrant workers in our communities are at the frontlines, keeping us all healthy and fed during the COVID-19 pandemic. While they make up only 17% of about 156 million working people, immigrants are disproportionately represented in COVID-19 front-line occupations and essential industries, including being childcare workers, healthcare workers, custodial staff, school employees and farmworkers, to name a few examples. Immigrants, including 131,000 people with TPS and 200,000 people with DACA, are serving on the frontlines.

Join us by contacting your representative

We are asking our congressional representatives to secure a pathway to citizenship for essential immigrant workers, farmworkers, people with DACA, TPS, and DED, and their families immediately as part of any recovery package being passed in reconciliation. Use the tool below to take action with us.

   July 30th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, General, In The News, Justice


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