On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 3, the Sisters spent time becoming more informed about the issue themselves, then stepped beyond their doors to raise awareness in others. They had been challenged by the president of the congregation, Sister Michele Anne Murphy, the day after the Uvalde, Texas massacre: “Our hearts are so heavy as we witness the recent forms of violence in words and deeds surrounding us. How incomprehensible! How do we speak up and out, so our values are heard as women religious and/or part of the Sisters of the Presentation rather than stand silent and become a part of the violence?”
After watching a video by Manuel Oliver, father of Joaquin Oliver who was slain in Parkland, Florida at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting on February 14, 2018, and other materials related to causes and effects of such incidents, there were opportunities to reflect and discuss actions to be taken. In this they follow the example of foundress Nano Nagle, who encouraged “Not words, but deeds.”
Many of the Sisters and several staff members decided to make a public statement against gun violence on the steps of the convent, located at a busy intersection in San Francisco next to the University of San Francisco campus. They designed posters and wore orange, the color of hunter safety. The posters and ribbons remain at the Motherhouse entrance this weekend.
We thank the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph of Carondolet for recommending these links for further learning:
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