The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet affirmed our commitment to nonviolence and called for an end to gun violence in the United States of America back in August of 2016. Once again with the tragic Parkland, Florida school shooting on Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day; we, as a congregation of 1,036 vowed women religious, reaffirm our commitment to nonviolence and pray for those impacted by the violence that continues to leave in its wake too many hearts and spirits broken by indescribable suffering. Far too many families are affected by violence in the homes, schools, and streets of our beloved nation.

Violence seems to be the new norm in the nation and the world. It is a public health and moral crisis that is destroying the lives, dignity, and hopes of millions of people in our country. Our intention as a people of faith is to recommit ourselves to develop and grow in our capacities for nonviolence, our capacities to love our dear neighbor without distinction, and to be a prophetic sign of unity and compassion in our world.

We are committed to a comprehensive approach to gun violence prevention that focuses on prevention of all forms of homicide, suicide, and unintentional shootings. We call upon Congress and state and local officials to enact gun laws that include making assault weapons illegal, ensuring comprehensive background checks on those purchasing guns at tradeshows, online, and in stores.

We turn to the God of mercy and peace, the God who wipes away every tear, to give us the strength to be instruments and forces of change, to be messengers of unity and reconciliation.

 

Pope Francis on Guns

“Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.” (Speech to U.S. Congress on September 24, 2015)

 

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Additionally, we, as a congregation, have signed on to a letter from the Campaign Against Assault Weapons

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   February 16th, 2018      Posted In: Congregation, In The News, Justice


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet support refugees and immigrants

We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, are deeply troubled and concerned at the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate the “temporary protective status” (TPS) of nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who have made a life here in the United States. This is yet another very disturbing action against immigrants and refugees after the Muslim and refugee bans; the dramatic increase in arrests and deportations; the rescinding of DACA protections for nearly 800,000 Dreamers; the termination of TPS for Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Sudanese people; and the dramatic decrease in refugee resettlement.

We are inspired by our faith to welcome the immigrant and refugee. They contribute significantly to the workforce. They have established families and borne children in this country who are U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, wars, and violence caused them to seek refugee here in the United States. Now, they are being forced to abruptly return to these dangerous situations that made them flee their homelands.

We support and stand with all immigrants in this country. We call for action from our elected officials in Washington D.C. to enact just and humane laws that create permanent residency for those who call this country home through clean legislation that truly welcomes and protects our vulnerable and marginalized immigrant and refugee neighbors.

As Jesus said: “When did you see me a stranger and welcome me?” (Matthew 25:38).

And Pope Francis reminds us that “The wisdom of faith fosters a contemplative gaze that recognizes that all of us ‘belong to one family, migrants and the local populations that welcome them, and all have the same right to enjoy the goods of the earth, whose destination is universal, as the social doctrine of the Church teaches’” (Pope Francis’ 2018 World Day of Peace Message quoting from Pope Benedict’s 2011 World Day of Migrants and Refugees Message).

 

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   January 16th, 2018      Posted In: Congregation, Featured Stories, In The News, Justice


 

 

   December 25th, 2017      Posted In: Featured Stories, In The News


 

Throughout Advent, we’ll be sharing reflections on the day’s readings written by a few of our Sisters. Each will share something she is thankful for during this season of preparation, that is, her Advent Appreciation. Share your own #AdventAppreciation with us on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Today’s Advent Appreciation: Home

December 24, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

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by Sister Sara Sanders

David lived in his palace; Mary lived with her family in a simple village home. And where do I live? Is my home large and well-appointed or small but cozy with furniture handed down over time; or is it a room in someone else’s house, a shelter bed or just my car (like the prophets who were “homeless” in the desert)?

I am grateful that it doesn’t seem to matter to our God; grateful that God extends an invitation to people who live in elegant or simple houses or are without permanent homes. David, the prophets, Mary — all heard God’s call in their “homes” but the important thing was not where they lived, but how they responded to God’s invitation.

As I approach the joyous days of Christmas, I want to make my simple, plantation house a home where God is welcomed and responded to.

So I ask: How am I answering God’s invitation as it comes to me in the family and friends who gather in my house? As I share the resources of my home with those whose names are on the Giving Tree? As I celebrate Emmanuel who makes a home in us?

   December 24th, 2017      Posted In: Featured Stories, General, In The News


 

Throughout Advent, we’ll be sharing reflections on the day’s readings written by a few of our Sisters. Each will share something she is thankful for during this season of preparation, that is, her Advent Appreciation. Share your own #AdventAppreciation with us on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Today’s Advent Appreciation: Purpose

December 21, 2017 – Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

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by Sister Char Madigan

I confess neither the idea of God as a lover nor myself as a bride of Christ, work for me. Yet, I love how the Bible writers use metaphors to express their faith about who and where God is. They name cliffs, wombs, song, gazelles. The list goes on, interspersed with story after story. More, I hear them say Emmanuel: God’s abode is us and our home, Earth.

So for me, the heart of our city and all hearts are sacred, wounded, battered, broken…from attacks, loving, losing. Through the cracks in the concrete, a rose blooms somehow.

I bow down, cry thanks. My heart soars, sings, and at once rages at violence and domination. For me, in Advent, I don’t wait for God to come. Jesus didn’t bring God to earth 2,000 years ago. Eons earlier, before our Earth was born, God implanted God’s self in the DNA of all life.

A gift and a challenge.

Instead, God waits for broken, wounded me to receive holy communion every minute, everywhere, and then, go, do as Jesus did: feed as I have been fed. That’s the theme I found, the purpose of life. I wonder what you found.

   December 21st, 2017      Posted In: Featured Stories, General, In The News


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