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Official statement

On the sentencing of Mary Margaret Kreuper, CSJ

 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet confirm that today the judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles has sentenced our Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, CSJ to one year and one day in federal prison followed by two years’ supervised release. Sister Mary took responsibility for her actions by pleading guilty. Today, she has been held accountable by the United States criminal justice system.

Justice for others and for ourselves is a deep value held by the Sisters of St. Joseph. We also deeply value relationships. Our community is deeply saddened by the pain and difficulty Sister Mary’s actions have caused for the parents, administration, staff and students of St. James School in Redondo Beach, California and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. We pray that in time those impacted will find healing and the seeds of forgiveness.

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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are a congregation of Catholic sisters. We, and those who share our charism and mission, are motivated in all things by our profound love of God and our dear neighbors. We seek to build communities and bridge divides between people. Since our first sisters gathered in 1650, our members have been called to “do all things of which women are capable.” The first sisters of our congregation arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in 1836, and we now have additional locations in St. Paul, Albany, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Japan and Peru. Today, we commit to respond boldly to injustice and dare to be prophetic.


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