Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation
Province Position Statement, January 2017
Our congregational vision statement re-affirms our commitment to support all human beings, especially the most vulnerable among us, regardless of religion, race, sex, or country of origin. The history of the Sisters of Notre Dame reflects our own expulsion from Germany in the 1870s. Our ministries in California have given us the privilege of journeying with refugees and immigrants seeking freedom, justice and peace–from Mexico, Cuba, Vietnam, So. Korea and Iran, among other areas. Therefore, we will continue to serve immigrants and refugees, and to stand in solidarity with all women religious and faith communities in welcoming new families to the USA.
As members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, we proudly endorse the statement issued by the LCWR regarding the recent executive orders. We further commit ourselves to profound prayer for those suffering oppression and anxiety at this time.
“The spirit of the Lord is upon me; therefore He has anointed me. He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and release to prisoners…Today this scripture is fulfilled in your midst.” – Luke 4:18
The Sisters of Notre Dame work toward Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation all year round, in everything they do. This page features posters from several recent JPIC projects.
You can join the sisters in their efforts to bring justice to the world.
Follow our sisters in Chardon, Ohio, where they are posting regular JPIC advocacy alerts and maintaining the blog Living Justly. Also, check out the Global Sisters Report, a project by the National Catholic Reporter, to find out how nuns everywhere are striving for social change.
Human Trafficking Newsletter – July, 2017
July 2, 2019 – Thousand Oaks, California –The Sisters of Notre Dame of Los Angeles issued the following statement concerning the treatment of immigrant children at the border between the United States and Mexico.
We, the Sisters of Notre Dame of Los Angeles, join the Sisters of Providence in denouncing in the strongest possible terms the unconscionable mistreatment of children on the U.S.-Mexico border while in U.S. custody, and call on our elected leaders to take all measures necessary to provide them with adequate food, shelter, and healthcare – and, most importantly, to reunite them with their families.
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Mt 19:14).
That children “such as these” – infants, toddlers, youngsters – reportedly have been subject to horrific overcrowding, hunger, lice infestations, sleeping on concrete floors, and other unhygienic and inhumane conditions is an assault on our human decency and fundamental moral values. It should have all Americans, as the prophets of old, rending our garments and weeping in anguish at the depravity.
All people, regardless of their country of origin or legal status, are made in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and respect. Recent reports of overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in a facility in Clint, Texas are appalling and unacceptable for any person in U.S. custody, but particularly for children, who are uniquely vulnerable. Such conditions cannot be used as tools of deterrence. We can and must remain a country that provides refuge for children and families fleeing violence, persecution, and acute poverty.
It is not enough that children at the facility in Clint, Texas, are being moved to other facilities after the spotlight of public attention has exposed the scandalous way this administration is treating these migrant children. What other facilities are holding children under similarly harsh conditions? These and other children must be reunited with their parents or with relatives residing in the United States who must be able to claim them safely.
As Members of Congress take steps to address the urgent humanitarian crisis on the border created by this Administration’s cruel approach to immigration, the top priority must be to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of God’s beloved – children such as these – now and into the future.