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The Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph has partnered with 15 national Catholic organizations (including LCWR, CMSM, and NETWORK) in an effort to engage energy at the grassroots level around the upcoming presidential election. 

The project, Election 2012: Catholics Vote for the Common Good, is intended to mobilize Catholics (and others) across the U.S. to challenge presidential, state and local candidates to commit to working for the good of all.  Sr. Mary Beth Hamm, a Philadelphia Sister of St. Joseph represents us at the national group directing this important initiative.

Many Sisters of St. Joseph, Associates and Agrégées participated in the first phase of this four-part process between February and June 15:  group dialogue sessions to identify what we want elected officials from our state to do to further the common good. At the same time, participants committed themselves to personal actions to further the common good.  Those who couldn’t attend in person were offered a method for submitting their comments online.

With the input received from these dialogue sessions, common good platforms are being created for each state by the summer and made available on the Common Good 2012 website for endorsement.  This is a site you will want to visit often and share with your friends, family and colleagues.  

In Pennsylvania several Sisters of St. Joseph were involved in developing the state platform.  They hope it will be posted this month.  There were over 20 groups that participated statewide. 

You can sign on to the National preamble of the Catholics for the Common Good platform at http://commongood2012.org/sign/national-preamble and then follow the actions of your state as it develops a platform consistent with the needs of your state.

Then we will take the platform to candidates and ask them to let us know if and how they would support the issues that are important to us as Catholics who care about the common good.

Our Federation participation in this Election 2012 project is one way we can “act as one” in the coming months as we engage Catholic voters across the nation in the writing, signing and delivery of these platforms.  To learn more about this project and to discover what’s happening in your state visit www.commongood2012.org.