Peace and Nonviolence
Violence seems all pervasive and truly scary for many people. Are we made safer by responding to violence with violence? Is there a better, more Christian way? The Sisters of St. Agnes believe that peace and nonviolence is the appropriate response to violence. Why?
During the civil war in Nicaragua in the 1990s, three members of the Congregation of St. Agnes were killed. These tragedies, together with the 9-11 terrorist attacks on USA soil, heightened the Sisters’ consciousness of violence both at home and abroad. Instead of retaliation, they expressed their belief in nonviolence and committed to become peacemakers (like Jesus and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.).
The Sisters oppose war as a means of resolving conflict. They advocate for public policy that will address the political, social, economic and environmental causes of violence. They consistently support closing the School of the Americas (now known as the Western Hemisphere for Security Cooperation) because its graduates have committed atrocities against their fellow citizens in Latin American countries, including in Nicaragua. The Sisters support nuclear disarmament, and hold vigils in remembrance of the victims of nuclear bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Embracing diversity, they promote dialogue and understanding as a way of eliminating prejudice and discrimination.
More information on peace and nonviolence can be found at the following websites.
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Global Coalition for Peace
Institute for Peace and Justice - nonviolence curricula
Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
Peace and Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA
Washington Peace Center
Peace Pulpit: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton blogs regularly about peace for the National Catholic Reporter
For more information contact:
Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA
320 County Road K
Fond du Lac, WI 54937-8158
Phone: (920) 907-2315
Fax: (920) 921-8177