“Catholic social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity. Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family.” – USCCB
Since 1981, after prayer, study, reflection and discussion among ourselves, our congregation has taken public stances on justice issues, including sanctuary for refugees, abolition of the death penalty, disarmament and the elimination of nuclear weapons, trafficking of human beings, and compassionate immigration reform. We have also, as a body, endorsed the Earth Charter.
The Co-Promoters of Justice, Peace and Care of Creation work with the sisters and our institutions as representatives to the North American Dominican Promoters of Justice, Peace and Care of Creation. They participate in the process that results in the Dominican Call to Justice that guides the efforts of all Dominicans for a three year cycle. They help us stay educated and focused on the myriad of justice issues locally, nationally, and globally. Through mailings, action alerts, personal invitation, speaking at community meetings, offering days of study and reflection, they keep us informed and sensitive to opportunities where we can make a difference. As a result, our sisters have helped build housing with Habitat for Humanity and Nuns Build; they have served food at St. Vincent’s Dining Room; they have made grants for services for people without permanent shelter; they have written letters and signed petitions. We stay engaged.
Our Co-Promoters also work in collaboration with individuals and institutions outside of our congregation. They serve as liaisons for the congregation with local, regional and national organizations. They lobby state and national legislators on all of the justice that are of vital concern to us, including non-violence, penal reform, affordable housing, environmental protection, economic equity, and support for women and children.