As part of the U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph, we echo their call for an end to antisemitism.
The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph joins with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and countless groups and individuals across the country and in Pittsburgh to condemn the slaughter of our brothers and sisters at Tree of Life Congregation in the community of Squirrel Hill. ¶ Our hearts are heavy and our souls are pained at the intrusion of anti-Semitism and violence in God’s sacred space. We join with LCWR and Catholic sisters across the nation to extend our sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives. We will mourn with you. We will pray with you. We will walk with you in the spirit of God’s love. ¶ We recognize that shootings at synagogues and schools, churches and mosques, in our homes and on our streets have become all too common. The current political climate and growing polarization of our communities feed hate and spawn violence.
As part of the U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph, we echo their call to action during this election season.
As mid-term elections draw near, one thing Americans can agree on is that we are a deeply divided country. Frustration, bewilderment, and distrust abounds and manifests in everything from cynical resignation to turning on one another. Madeline Albright once described the experiment of democracy as paradoxical: equally characterized by fragility and resilience. These challenging times have exposed the delicate nature of our body politic, and will test our nation’s spirit of resilience as never before. ¶ As a nation, political vitriol, vastly compounded by the echo-chambers and bad behavior of social media, threaten the very institutions on which we’re founded. The news cycle is dizzying — making the upcoming election feel like we are nearing a panicky crescendo. In some ways it seems like the most consequential midterm election in American history—and those paying attention, regardless of political affiliation, are full of anxiety about its outcome and implications. But those who strive to keep the faith count on the hope that it is never too late for real, meaningful change that can lead us into a positive future.
As part of the U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph, we call the U.S. federal government to protect immigrants. The Federation released the following statement today.
We, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in strongly opposing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed changes to the public charge regulation. We view such changes as yet another attempt by the Trump administration to restrict immigration and punish immigrant families, to force parents to make impossible choices between the well-being of their families and the prospect of future citizenship.
¶ The rule changes would dramatically increase the barriers to lawful status for low-income immigrants and their families. It could dissuade parents from obtaining benefits for which their children qualify out of fear that they may not be able to regularize their immigration status in the future. Lack of access to public-benefits programs will increase poverty, hunger, homelessness, and disease, as well as decrease children’s school attendance and general well-being.
¶ This stark attempt to target the most vulnerable within the immigrant community violates the tenets of our faith and threatens the values of our nation. We are called by our faith to welcome the stranger and care for the most vulnerable and we are challenged by our national values to promote the welfare of our children and tend to the common good. If we want our communities to thrive, all families in those communities must have access to the care and services they need — and to which they are entitled as human beings. The Trump administration’s proposed changes to the public charge regulation threaten all of us.
¶ As Sisters of St. Joseph, committed by our heritage to embrace the Gospel message of unity and reconciliation, we urge people of faith to call for the protection of immigrants, especially those who are most vulnerable, and to register their objections to this unreasonable and mean-spirited proposal during the 60-day comment period.
The Sisters of St. Joseph Federation Event will be taking place in Orlando, Florida July 9-12, 2016. Sisters, Associations, Agrégées, St. Joseph Workers, and Ministry Partners will gather for prayer, conversation and celebration. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet will have a huge presence, but whether or not you will actually be attending, there are many ways for you to get connected and know everything that’s going on!
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After the attacks in Paris on November 13, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have sent the following message of support to our Sisters of St. Joseph in France.
Ma chère sœur,
Au nom de toutes les Sœurs de St. Joseph de Carondelet, soyez assurée que nous vous tenons avec vos sœurs et tous les gens de France dans notre prière.
Les actions de violence récentes en France nous rappellent que la paix de Dieu est aujourd’hui plus nécessaire que jamais. Soyez assurée que nous sommes solidaires avec vous et nous renouvelons notre engagement à pratiquer la compassion et la miséricorde de l’Evangile.
Oui, nous vous tenons ferme en prière,
Vos Sœurs de St. Joseph de Carondelet,
Équipe de leadership de la Congrégation
In English, our message reads:
In the name of all Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, be assured that we hold you, your sisters and all people of France in our prayer.
The recent violence in France reminds us that God’s peace is needed now more than ever. Be assured that we stand in solidarity with you and renew our commitment to practice Gospel compassion and mercy.
Yes, we hold you close in prayer,
Your Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Congregational Leadership Team