As part of our Season of Creation celebration (from September 1- October 4 annually), the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph welcomed social and environmental entrepreneur Dea Wehrli to speak to the U.S. and global network.
As we move forward as a nation, this question is critical: What can be done to address this history of injustice? In response, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph released a statement promising to, “turn our words into precise actions addressing the institutional racism that lives within our institutions and within ourselves.” To further this mission the CSSJ community is hosting a four-part series on restorative justice, its relationship to the Charism, and how to practice restorative justice in our ministries and lives.
In June, our 2019-2020 U.S. Federation novices completed their shared novitiate year. As part of the Novitiate’s closing ritual, the novices give a presentation about their experience. Included are some of the reflections from that ritual, including a video presentation.
Now is time for us to act. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have put together a series of action items that individuals and communities can take part in to act against racism and police brutality. There are two bills currently being considered in Congress: the Justice in Policing Act and the Justice Act. There is merit to portions of each bill, and we hope that Congress will be able to collaborate to bring equal justice to all.
On June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in DACA Recipients’ favor. We joyfully celebrate with all DACA youth who have worked so hard to contribute to this country. Now we turn our attention to Congress for a permanent solution. Let us use our collective voices to advocate with our U.S. Senators asking them to protect and provide a path to citizenship for DACA youth! The U.S. House of Representatives already passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, a solution that if the U.S. Senate passed would protect and provide a road to citizenship for immigrant youth, TPS, and DED holders.
“To have come this far, this far, is very far from the beginning, and yet we are still beginning to be who we are.” These words began the ritual for the ending of the novitiate year for Rachel Carey (Rochester), Kristina DeNeve (Carondelet-St. Louis), Trish Doan (Orange), and Leila Sullivan (Springfield).
The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph strongly condemns the police-killing of another black man on the streets of our nation. Our hearts are breaking as we mourn with the family and friends of George Floyd, as well as Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, and all the others who have lost loved ones to law enforcement violence. The continued killing of black people; the constant harassment of people of color; and the denial of the rights and dignity of our black American neighbors must end now.
As we continue to work to dismantle institutional racism, we are all asked to do the deep, ongoing inner work that anti-racism requires of us. This includes listening to, learning from, supporting, and elevating the black voices from within our sisters, partners in mission, and more broadly. Below our a list of anti-racism actions for people to begin taking action.
The U.S. Federation is proud to announce the launch of their brand-new website. Nearly a year in the making, we are launching the completely re-designed website on May 1, the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker. The re-designed website features a new streamlined look with easy accessibility to the features that users already know and love.