In the wake of yet another mass shooting at an American school, the leadership of the Society of the Sacred Heart in the Unites States-Canada Province joins its voice to those of the surviving students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and people of good will from all faiths across this country who are demanding an end to the legislative paralysis that prevent common sense gun control from being enacted in this country.
Human Trafficking experts agree that there is an uptick in human trafficking around big sporting events but they want to caution us not to get lulled into thinking that it is an issue that can be addressed on only one day of the year.
On November 13th, 2017, members of the extended Sacred Heart family (Associates, Alums, RSCJ, faculty and staff from Stone Ridge) were among those packed into Dahlgren Chapel on the Georgetown University campus to participate in this heartfelt and honest discussion. John Carr (Director of the Initiativ on Catholic Social thought and Public Life) moderated the conversation between Representative John Lewis, Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Dr. Marcia Chatelain and Rev. Jim Wallis. Dr.
On Saturday,September 30th, RSCJ Associates Tamae Wong and Lauren Brownlee joined Sr. Diane Roche for a day-long event calling for racial justice. The group gathered with over 3,000 other activists from around the country and marched from Lincoln Park in NE Washington to the Washington Monument. Other friends met up with us along the way, including two Sisters of Mercy and a young man who is part of the extended Kearny St.
RSCJ joined with members of the Catholic Worker Movement, Pax Christi, Columban Center for Advocay, the Manhattan Project for a Nuclear Free World and other groups to pray that nuclear weapons will never be used again. However, the US, along with many other countries that possess Nuclear weapons, recently boycotted the negotiations leading to the UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons signed by 122 other countries. Instead, the US is planning to spend trillions of dollars over the next decades to enhance and modernize our Nuclear arsenal.
The Society of the Sacred Heart's UN-NGO office and the International JPIC Office in Rome have just begun publishing what will be a quarterly newsletter focusing on various justice issues of concern to all of us in the extended Sacred Heart family. It will serve as a useful resource for those in classrooms and others seeking to understand how to act justly in light of our Sacred Heart charism Click on the link below to explore this first issue.
As Religious of the Sacred Heart in the United States-Canada Province we are called by our recent Chapter Documents to stand in solidarity with “those who have been wounded, displaced, and excluded because of poverty, violence, and environmental degradation.”
In the days leading up to and following the Women’s March on Washington, many Catholic women, including women religious, found themselves thinking deeply and broadly about what it means to protect and defend life. As a Religious of the Sacred Heart, and as the organizer of the Society’s presence at the DC March, I found myself in deep and heartfelt conversations with two members of the extended Sacred Heart Family who were having a hard time understanding how we could participate in an event that included pro-choice groups.
In preparation for the January 21st Women's March on Washington, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of all Creation office is sponsoring an informational gathering 5:30pm, Friday, January 20, 2017. This event will include a pot-luck dinner followed by two workshops.