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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


Plastic Free July - Join the challenge

Break free from plastic!

Join us for this month of education, engagement, action and prayer as we examine the crisis that plastics are creating for our environment. Every day in July, we invite you to join us in an action–either a short educational piece or an activity to complete. You won’t need more than five minutes for each, and we hope it will inspire deeper ecological awareness and conversion.

You can find the calendar of actions on our Plastic Free July webpage.

🇪🇸 Descarga nuestro calendario de acciones diarias en español

🇯🇵 毎日の行動カレンダーを日本語でダウンロード

Help us spread the message!

We will be posting about the daily calls to action on our social media accounts and using the hashtag #PlasticFreeJuly. Some of our daily posts will feature videos of sisters and associates who have made changes in their plastic consumption. If you use FacebookInstagram and/or Twitter,  you can help this online campaign reach more people by liking, commenting and sharing our posts.

   June 29th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Earth Spirituality, Featured Stories, Federation, General, In The News, Justice


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Our sisters in Japan have brought to our attention the urgent need of refugees and asylum seekers in their country. They asked us to sign on to a statement of the Joint Christian Churches prepared by the Center for Minority Issues and Mission. After reviewing it along with the report issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet agreed to sign the statement. We were able to engage in dialogue with our partners at the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and they also agreed to sign.

The congregation is happy to be part of this international effort to address one of the most significant issues of our time. Climate change, nationalism, and racism continue to exacerbate this problem globally.

日本のシスター達から連絡があり、日本にいる難民や亡命希望者の緊急事態に応じる必要があることを知らせてくれました。日本のシスター達より、マイノリティー宣教センター(Center for Minority Issues and Mission)が作成したキリスト合同教会(Joint Christian Churches)のステートメントにサインをするよう依頼を受けました。このステートメントと共に、国連特別審査官(UN Special Rapporteur)が発行した移住者の人権についての報告書を検討しました結果、カロンデレットの聖ヨセフの姉妹は同ステートメントにサインすることに同意いたしました。私たちはパートナーである聖ヨセフの姉妹の米国連盟、そして宗教的女性のリーダーシップ協議会(Leadership Conference of Women Religious)ともこの件につき対話をし、これらグループも同ステートメントにサインをすることに同意いたしました。

当修道会は世界が直面しているこの非常に深刻な問題に対応している国際的活動に参画できることを光栄に思っています。気候の変動、国家主義、そして人種差別問題は、国際的にこの移民問題を一層悪化させています。

Statement ステートメント

The Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet and the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St Joseph, based on our ongoing concerns and written statements in support of migrants, have signed a joint statement by churches opposing the proposed revision of Japan’s Immigration and Refugee Recognition Act.

Compelled by the Gospel and by our heritage to be responsive to the “dear neighbor,” we urge the government of Japan, a country with more than 3 million residents with foreign citizenship, to review its international obligations as a signatory of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on Human Rights, and the International Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, as well as an endorser of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. A careful review of these documents shows that several aspects of the proposed amendments to the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act currently under consideration by the Diet (Japanese national legislature) are in conflict with international obligations:

  • The detention of migrants would become mandatory, could be for indefinite periods of time, and the terms of provisional release would be challenging for most migrants to meet.
  • It is not permitted under international law to return asylum seekers to their country of origin when there are substantial grounds for believing that the returnee would be at risk of irreparable harm.
  • There is no prohibition of immigration detention for minors nor provisions for a separate and speedy process for minors and unaccompanied children.

We join with the UN Special Rapporteur in urging changes to amendments that specifically resort to detention as an exceptional measure rather than the norm; that those detained be granted judicial review consistent with international standards; and that the best interest of the child is the guiding principle in designing and implementing policies for migrant and asylum-seeking children.

We join with the UN Special Rapporteur in urging Japan to develop a system that has the protection of refugees and asylum seekers and raises the number of refugees approved for resident status, as well as a review process for those who overstay their visas.

カロンデレットの聖ヨセフの姉妹と聖ヨセフの姉妹の米国連盟は、現在起こっている様々な問題を考慮し、移住者を援助するために作成された報告書に基づき、私たちは日本の出入国管理及び難民認定法の修正案に反対する宗教団体の合同ステートメントにサインをしました。

福音と、私たちが受け継いだ「愛すべき隣人」を大切にする精神に則り、私たちは、外国籍を有する居住者が300万人以上在住する国である日本の政府に対し、国連の市民的及び政治的権利に関する国際規約、人権の国際的条約、難民の地位に関する国際的条約に参加調印した一国として、かつ、安全で、整然とした正規の移住を確保するための国連グローバルコンパクトを支持する国として、国際的義務を見直すことを強く要請いたします。書類内容を慎重に確認しました結果、日本の国会が検討している出入国管理及び難民認定法の修正案に含まれている下記内容は国際的義務に反することが発覚しました。

    • 移住者の拘留は強制となり、拘留期間は不確定、かつほとんどの移住者が仮放免されるための条件を満たすのは非常に困難である。
    • 祖国に戻った場合回復不可能な損害を受ける可能性のある亡命希望者を祖国に送還することは国際法に反する。
    • 未成年者の移民拘留の禁止令はなく、未成年者や同伴者のいない子供のための特別かつ迅速に手続きを進めるといった内容の条件が含まれていない。

私たちは国連特別審査官と共に修正案の内容を下記のように変更することを要請します:

拘留は通常取る手段ではなく特別な場合のみの手段として用いること;拘留された者は国際基準に基づき公平な審査を受けること;移住・亡命を希望する子供に対しては、子供にとって最も有益である方法を優先すること。

更に、私たちは国連特別審査官と共に日本政府に対し、難民や亡命希望者を保護するシステムを導入すること、難民に対する在留資格の発行数を増やすこと、そしてビザが切れた者のための審査プロセスを設けることを要請します。

   April 19th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, Federation, In The News, Japan, Justice


"We vow to use our Gospel Charism and mission of unifying love for the healing and transformation of the world to commit ourselves to cleanse our hearts and rid our land of these twin evils."

The U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph stands against the racism and misogyny directed towards the Asian-American and Pacific Island communities. As members of the Federation, we join them in this public statement.

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joins the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in condemning racism and sexism in all their harmful forms — whether the violent acts of white supremacists and misogynists or the daily acts of hate and discrimination that diminish us all.

We grieve with the citizens of Atlanta and the Asian-American and Pacific Island communities. We mourn with those who have lost loved ones to hateful acts of violence, with all who live in fear, and with all whose dignity is threatened by xenophobia and chauvinism. We lament the racism and sexism that continue to afflict our communities, threaten neighbors, and denigrate all we hold dear.

We acknowledge our own complicity in institutional racism and sexism. We vow to use our Gospel Charism and mission of unifying love for the healing and transformation of the world to commit ourselves to cleanse our hearts and rid our land of these twin evils. We promise to continue to use our collective voice and energy to build God’s beloved community where all are one.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND HOW TO GET INVOLVED, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO VISIT AND DONATE TO THESE ORGANIZATIONS:

    • Asian American Advancing Justice- Atlanta:  a nonprofit legal advocacy group protecting the rights of Asian-Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast
    • AAPI Women Lead and #ImReady Movement: support AAPI women and girls with workshops and research, and promotes movements such as #ImReady, which addresses issues like gender-based and racial discrimination and sexual harassment in the community
    • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: a national organization, founded in 1974, working to protect and promote civil rights for Asian-Americans

 

read the statement on the Federation website

   March 24th, 2021      Posted In: Featured Stories, Federation, General, In The News, Justice


 

The U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph condemns the violence at the U.S. Capitol yesterday. As members of the Federation, we join them in this public statement.

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joins with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in praying for peace after witnessing the violence and terrorism yesterday in our nation’s Capitol. We are deeply concerned about the state of our country and the future of our democracy. Our hearts ached as we watched white nationalists participate in these despicable actions that threaten not only to destroy our government but to rend the bonds that unite us. We commend and thank the members of Congress and staff who courageously continued their service to the nation last night even amid the chaos, as well as the law enforcement who helped protect and secure the building so the members could resume their responsibilities.

In our increasingly divided nation, we are saddened but not surprised by the predictable outcome of yesterday’s events. The Federation renews our Gospel Charism and commitment to being a unifying presence in the world through appreciation of diversity, transformation, and healing.

At this time, we feel each of us are asked to pause, reflect, and grapple with the history and legacy that brought us to this historic moment of white domestic terrorists attempting to take over our legislative branch. As Christians, we cannot ignore the images of the cross and flags bearing Jesus’ name that peppered yesterday’s scene. We cannot ignore the juxtaposition of the law enforcement response to yesterday’s violence at the Capitol versus the violence inflicted on Black Lives Matter protestors in June. We invite all people of good will to reflect on the next steps we must take to repair our democracy, eliminate white privilege, and contribute to the work of building a more perfect union.

Read the statement on the Federation website

   January 7th, 2021      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, Federation, In The News, Justice


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