We, the Sisters of St. Agnes, participate in the mission of Christ by joyful service in the Church, always aware that we, too, are among the needy and are enriched by those we serve.
Inspired by our founders--by the missionary zeal of Father Caspar Rehrl, the courageous initiatives of Mother Agnes Hazotte and the spiritual influence of Father Francis Haas--we continue to respond in our own times to those whose faith life or human dignity is threatened.
Rooted in Christ through prayer and worship we serve in both rural and urban settings throughout the United States and in Latin America.
We strive to minister with simplicity and hospitality in the fields of education, health care, pastoral ministry and social service.
We are committed to transformation of the world, the Church and ourselves through promoting
- systemic change for the quality of life
- justice for the economically poor
- furtherance of the role of women in church and society
- mutuality, inclusivity and collaboration.
Love binds us together, and by sharing our lives and our faith in community, we support one another to live with singleness of purpose: that among us and in our world the Risen Christ be discovered and revealed.
We, the Sisters of St. Agnes, as part of our mission into the twenty first century, have committed ourselves to further the role of women in Church and society.
Our deep and vital union with God calls us to discern our distinct contribution as a community of women religious to the ongoing transformation of the world.
We recognize the reality of oppression in the lives of women and the effect of that oppression on the dignity and rights of all people.
We commit ourselves, therefore, to work for justice and reconciliation, endeavoring to:
- cultivate an inclusive spirituality which empowers both women and men
- promote educational opportunities which liberate women
- network to transform existing structures in Church and society which oppress women.
Corporate Response on Women
Cultivating Inclusive Spirituality
Engage with colleagues in the process of theological reflection, recognizing our human experience as the starting point of reflection.
Use inclusive language and imagery in songs, prayer forms and worship in our community gatherings and those public gatherings sponsored by CSA.
Promoting Educational Opportunities
Search our existing resources and design, for use at the local level, a model of adult education for women which enhances personal strengths and skills, and enables women to pursue further education of their choice.
Networking to Transform Structures
Come together on local settings with women of various backgrounds and experiences to share problems and struggles, and to use our mutual strengths to develop alternatives and find resources. By networking in this manner, CSA members and other women can confront their prejudices, build solidarity, and empower each other to change oppressive structures.
Developed by CSA Women Committee 2
Adopted July 13, 1989
The Sisters of St. Agnes uphold the dignity of all people, especially vulnerable women and children. Learn more about the ranking of states with respect to women’s equality and what you can do to help close the gaps in health care, political representation, and economic well-being.
The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes released the following statement January 20, 2002, to coincide with the feast of our patroness, St. Agnes, and the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and his commitment to nonviolence. In it, we wish to share who we are and what we believe.
- We are women committed to living the gospel values of love and forgiveness.
- We are women committed to being peacemakers.
- We are women who have lost three of our members to acts of violence in Nicaragua, yet remain committed to nonviolence.
- We are women who believe, as citizens of a democracy, that it is our responsibility to add our voice to the public discourse.
- We are women who protest our government's training of terrorists and have demonstrated and advocated for closing of the School of the Americas now known as Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC).
- We are women who believe we are called to treat all people with value and dignity.
- We are women who pray for our country, our leaders and for all the victims of terrorism and their families.
- We are women who pray for our enemies and seek deeper understanding of the struggles that generate enmity.
- We are women who believe the United States needs to assess those foreign, economic and ecological policies that continue to widen the gap between the wealthy and the poor.
- We are women who believe our nation spends too much on making war possible and far too little on creating and empowering just societies in the world.
- We are women who strive to hear the cry of the poor and respond globally, nationally and locally with our presence and our resources.
- We are women who are committed to the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church and engage in legislative advocacy to promote the common good.
- We are women who embrace diversity of race, gender, religion, culture and work to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, both locally and globally.
- We are women who join with people of goodwill to pray for peace and to become peacemakers.
The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes stands in solidarity with the victims of human trafficking and takes a corporate stance against the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation.
Adopted by the Congregation on the Feast of St. Agnes, January 21, 2007
In light of the growing impact of climate change on the global community, we, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, honoring our interdependence with all of God's creation and in a spirit of nonviolence, personally and communally renew and recommit to care for Earth, home of all living creatures.
We commit to actions that:
- Flow from a spirituality of integral ecology (Laudato Si’ – Chapter 4) that expresses interconnections among environmental, economic, scientific, social and cultural systems,
- Respect Earth and the interdependence of all life,
- Consume less of Earth’s nonrenewable resources through the six R’s: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and restore,
- Educate ourselves and others about the equitable development of renewable, cleaner energy sources in order to
- mitigate the impact of climate change and
- enable the most vulnerable to adapt to climate change
- Promote a low-carbon economy especially in Nicaragua and the USA where we serve,
- Cooperate with governmental and non-governmental organizations that are committed to care for Earth.
Developed by the Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee
Adopted by the Congregation May 31, 2016
CSA goes on record as being opposed to the death penalty.
Monthly Execution Schedule - Names and Mailing Addresses
Based on several sources, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Ministry produces a list of names and addresses of inmates to be executed every month. Members of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee (JPIC) write them a letter and pray for them and their victims. On the day of their execution, a candle is lit and their name is mentioned in the liturgy. For a current list of names and addresses of inmates, please click HERE to download the latest schedule.
In observance of World Refugee Day on Wednesday, June 20, the leadership of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes issues the following statement in response to the practice by immigration officials of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border of the United States and Mexico.
The Sisters of St. Agnes urge an immediate end to the morally reprehensible practice of immigration authorities separating children from their mothers and fathers at the US-Mexico border.
We learn of heartbreaking stories of children being taken into government custody, separated from parents who are sometimes sent to far-flung detention centers with no way of communicating with their children for days or weeks. Parents and children suffer agonizing uncertainty about whether they will be reunited. This speaks of a nation that has lost its moral compass.
We call on President Trump to stop his Administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy of filing criminal charges against immigrants, including families seeking asylum from gang violence, rape, or political persecution. In solidarity with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops we urge Congress to enact long-overdue immigration reform that enjoys broad public support and reflects American values, such as protecting young Dreamers and keeping families united.
Additionally, we support protecting foreign aid, which is vital to supporting refugees around the world, as well as efforts to address the root causes of migration and displacement.
Sister Jean Steffes CSA, General Superior
Sister Rhea Emmer CSA, General Councilor
Sister Susan Seeby CSA, General Councilor
Sister Cyndi Nienhaus CSA, General Councilor