From Violence to Peace
Statement of our Leadership Team on recent violence
We grieve with those who have lost members of their families or loved ones in the recent acts of violence in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Losing a loved one is never easy, and loss to such meaningless acts of violence is all the more devastating. We grieve also for ourselves and our societies when so many believe that acts of violence will somehow right a wrong, exact justice, or bring peace. The notion of redemptive violence is a myth on which far too many of us were raised, a myth in which too many still believe.
Read the full text of the Statement.
The Congregation united to denounce divisive political rhetoric and to welcome immigrants and refugees as sisters and brothers in a statement released in time for World Refugee Day on June 20. Our formal congregational statement entitled: Welcome Immigrants and Refugees also urges governments to look to the causes of forced migration such as economic inequality, war, arms sales, and excessive use of fossil fuels that are causing seas to rise, forcing island peoples out of their homes.
Read the full text of the Statement and Press Release.
The day was delightful as the sunshine appeared after a downfall of rain and a relaxed atmosphere was enjoyed by all as we gathered to celebrate with our Jubilarians, Sister Hilda Baxter and Sister Elizabeth Kenny both celebrating 60 years.
The Western Region celebrated the jubilees of five Sisters on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Celebrating were Sister Ellen Caldwell, 80 years; Sisters Ida Mary McAulay and Eileen Keane, 70 years; Sisters Agnes Haddock and Kathleen Pruitt, 60 years; and Sister Susan Dewitt, 25 years.
Our joyful celebration of Associate Covenanting began with our cantor, Annie Welch CSJP-A, leading us in "The Summons." It was followed by a reading from Micah that has become a tradition during our Associate Covenanting ceremonies in the West.
Micah 6:6a, 8: With what shall I come…and bow before God most high?
You have been told what is good, and what God requires of you; only to do what is right, to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.
The 2016 jubilarians from the eastern region chose Spring, birds and butterflies as the theme for their day of celebration with family and friends in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. The weather forecast for that day was anything but a reflection of their theme - grey, damp, windy, slushy snow on and off all day! BUT the spirit of joy, gratitude, and celebration which permeated the liturgy and gathering afterwords overshadowed the mood of the weather!
It was significant that this year’s Associate Day was held on Saturday 19th March- the Feast of St Joseph and we had a celebration befitting the occasion.
The day began with Mass in the Chapel, followed by the usual welcoming greetings and of course coffee and biscuits.
Read the latest issue of our biannual Congregation Magazine, Living Peace. The theme of this issue is Letting Go. Life is filled with letting go, and if we are lucky, a constant process of learning how to do so with grace. This issue of Living Peace features stories which highlight various experiences of the Congregation in letting go in community life and ministry. Other contributors open us to the possibility of peace, salvation, and even momentum in letting go.
The chapel at St. Michael Villa in Englewood Cliffs, NJ was the center of much celebrating on March 13 as the sisters and associates of the eastern region gathered to witness two first covenants, four five-year renewals, four lasting covenants and to honor twenty-five year commitments of four people!