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Leadership Conference: “Violence and White Supremacy Cannot Stand”
The Presentation Sisters, San Francisco, concur with the following statement by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious condemning incidents of violence, especially those related to a philosophy of white supremacy.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 by Sr. Annmarie Sanders, IHM, LCWR Associate Director of Communications
Our hearts are breaking as we once again come face to face with the racial hatred and gun violence that infect our land. The members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious extend their condolences to the Buffalo community and all who lost loved ones, friends, and neighbors and we say once more violence and white supremacy cannot stand. And we know that is not enough!
Racism is a virus, every bit as deadly as COVID-19, that has infected our nation since its inception and until we address it, people of color will continue to die, and our nation will continue to bleed. Racism, whether the institutional racism which privileges some at the expense of others or the daily acts of hate and discrimination, diminishes us all. It denies that most profound truth, that all of us are created in God’s image and each of us is entitled to lives of dignity and respect.
As women religious in a predominantly white organization, we recognize how we have been privileged. We lament our silence in the face of white supremacist ideology, and we acknowledge our complicity in institutional racism. We ask forgiveness of our sisters and brothers of color, and we pray for our nation’s healing. And we know that is not enough!
It is time for bold, decisive action. We pledge to raise our voices and to act to end the violence and white supremacy which has cost us dearly. In the wake of the horror of Buffalo, we rededicate ourselves to LCWR’s commitment to dismantle systemic racism and white privilege and effect transformative change in our hearts, our organization, and our society and we pledge anew to build God’s beloved community. We will not permit that violence and white supremacy to stand!
LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has nearly 1300 members, who represent more than 38,800 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, LCWR assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world. https://lcwr.org/news/violence-and-white-supremacy-cannot-stand
New Leadership Team Elected
At our 18th General Chapter, held March 11-13, we elected a new leadership team. Elected were Sister Rosina Conrotto, President, and Sisters Pamela Chiesa, Judith Cunningham and Patricia Reinhart, Council.
The current Leadership Team, Sisters Michele Anne Murphy, President; Pamela Chiesa, Vice President; Paula Baker and Giovanna Campanella, Councilors, will continue in those positions through the end of their term, June 30, 2022.
The Congregation is grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers as we deliberated and made some important decisions.
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Call to Prayer and Action in Ukraine
The world is reeling from the news reports of Russia’s invasion of the people of Ukraine. We can only imagine the fear in the hearts of so many children as they begin to witness the brutal effects of war and their parents’ fear also.
Our time now is to stand beside these people as we all struggle for peace. It is not enough to watch the news reports. There are opportunities to:
- Gather to pray for peace in your communities, parishes, or with other groups
- March in solidarity with the Ukrainians who are calling for an end to this horrific situation
- Contact your representatives and urge them to speak out for Ukraine
- Become more informed so your words move others to action. Listen.
- Support Ukrainian refugee efforts
- Let us know if there is an action we can join or support
Our European Friends need our support as they prepare to welcome the Ukrainian people who are fleeing the war. May their hearts be open.
Let us join with our families, friends, and communities in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of Ukraine as we pray together tonight and in the nights and days to come.
~February 24, 2022
Speaking Against Violence, Calling for Change
It is becoming apparent that 2021 will be remembered as one of the most contentious of our lives, with extraordinary divisiveness and lack of civil behavior contributing to an environment in which reports of violence are a persistent drumbeat. Peaceful protests, a hallmark of democratic society, and even ordinary public gatherings have become scenes of carnage so often that we are no longer surprised, let alone shocked, upon hearing of violent acts.
All forms of violence must be intolerable to all of us – parents, teachers, politicians, law enforcement, religious leaders, and every citizen. Violence cannot be the default means of conflict resolution, especially considering the apparent wide-spread, easy availability of guns. The stakes do not get any higher than this. The stories cannot become more painful. Something must change. Something different must start now.
We, Sisters of the Presentation, strongly encourage everyone reading this message to join us in prayerfully considering what we can do within our own circles of influence to take a significant stand against the normalization and prevalence of violence, to effect a turning toward peace: contacting our local, state, and national legislators; working with or supporting violence-prevention organizations; advocating for responsible gun ownership including national background checks; talking with friends about the issue and inviting them to step up also. Over this all we pray that the Prince of Peace will strengthen us in our desire for and work toward a growing culture of peace.
~December 8, 2021
Standing in Solidarity with AAPI Communities
As Sisters and Associates of Presentation-San Francisco, we stand in solidarity with Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities against hate and all forms of violence. Therefore, we call all people to stand together with us and give voice and action in reverencing all life and deepening relationships.
Repair Our Democracy (LCWR Statement)
As members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, we stand with the other more than 1300 leaders of Catholic sisters nationwide as we make this statement:
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) joins with the world in praying for peace after witnessing the violence and lawlessness on January 6th in our nation’s capital. We are deeply concerned about the state of our country and the future of our democracy. Our hearts ached as we watched these despicable actions that threaten not only to destroy the seat of our government but to rend the bonds that unite us. We commend and thank the members of Congress who courageously continued their service to the nation even amid the chaos.
In our increasingly divided nation, we renew our commitment to the common good and pledge to take up the challenge to use our energy to repair our democracy and contribute to the work of building a more perfect union. We invite all people of good will to join us and we call on our elected leaders to point the way.
Sisters Speak Out Against Racism
We, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco, are deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd and stand in solidarity with all who have lost loved ones to similar expressions of violence. The killing of black men and women, other people of color, and the denial of the respect and dignity they should receive, must end now.
We, therefore, give voice to the condemnation of all forms of racism, prejudice, and violence. We support peaceful demonstrations, protests, efforts and works promoting justice and peace to eliminate the structures and behaviors which prompt racism and prejudice in ourselves and in our nation.
We, as a Community of Women Religious, are committed to promoting respect and dignity of all people, and pledge ourselves and our prayers to confronting racism and prejudice on all levels, while calling on God’s healing grace.
Social Justice Focus
Following the exhortation of our foundress, Nano Nagle, to love one another and to spend ourselves for the poor, Presentation Sisters are committed to and actively engaged in the following Social Justice Actions: Ending Human Trafficking, Combating Climate Change, and Advocating for Immigrant & Ethnic Communities. Learn more.
The Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco stand with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) promising to work with the new administration to build a society worthy of the values to which our imperfect union aspires.
To read LCWR’s entire statement please click here: a public statement following the US national elections.
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