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The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore CSA's distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.

Note: The ideas and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author's and should not be ascribed to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes or its members. On August 5, 2021, we archived old blog posts. You can find the archive by clicking here.


Season of Creation Logo

Pope Francis is calling for an ecological conversion for all who live on this planet through his encyclical, Laudado Si’.  Hence, throughout the Season of Creation, we will be introducing the seven goals of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform into our daily reflections. This week we focus on:

 

GOAL#7:
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND PARTICIPATORY ACTION

 
Image of the seven Laudato Si' Goals with the 7th goal highlighted

Goal #7 encourages the development of cultures and policies that protect our common home and all who share it.

Each day provides you with an opportunity to See, Reflect, and Act.

To help you "See" the signs of our times,
we provide a relevant resource to read.

To supplement as you "Reflect" on the text,
we provide a relevant quotation from Laudato Si'.

To inspire you to "Act" in the world,
we share a relevant action that CSA has taken.

Finally, we will provide a daily Intercession to remind you that you are not doing this difficult work alone.

 

If you prefer to receive the details for the whole week in one email please send email to Tracy Abler at table@csasisters.org

Season of Creation Logo

Pope Francis is calling for an ecological conversion for all who live on this planet through his encyclical, Laudado Si’.  Hence, throughout the Season of Creation, we will be introducing the seven goals of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform into our daily reflections. This week we focus on:

GOAL#5:
ECOLOGICAL EDUCATION

 

GOAL#6:
ECOLOGICAL SPIRITUALITY

 
Image of the seven Laudato Si' Goals with the 3rd and 4th goal highlighted

Goal #5 is about re-thinking and re-designing curricular and institutional reform in the spirit of integral ecology in order to foster ecological awareness and transformative action. .
Goal #6 recovers a religious vision of God's creation and encourages greater contact with the natural world in a spirit of wonder, praise, joy, and gratitude.

Each day provides you with an opportunity to See, Reflect, and Act.

To help you "See" the signs of our times,
we provide a relevant resource to read.

To supplement as you "Reflect" on the text,
we provide a relevant quotation from Laudato Si'.

To inspire you to "Act" in the world,
we share a relevant action that CSA has taken.

Finally, we will provide a daily Intercession to remind you that you are not doing this difficult work alone.

 

If you prefer to receive the details for the whole week in one email please send email to Tracy Abler at table@csasisters.org

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Posts Tagged "laudato-si"

Season of Creation: Sept 27

September 27, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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As they live out their commitment to care for creation, women's religious communities have become leaders in local land conservation. To mark this monthlong Season of Creation, EarthBeat and Global Sisters Report will host a virtual conversation with representatives of two communities that have made different decisions about how to preserve their land for future generations. The session will be moderated by Brian Roewe (EarthBeat) and Chris Herlinger (Global Sisters Report), and will accompany a series of articles about how religious communities are making land-use decisions, which will begin September 27 on EarthBeat.org and GlobalSistersReport.org,

Together with Global Sisters Report, EarthBeat is hosting a special environment-related Witness & Grace Conversation. All are welcome to join this virtual event:

An Estate Plan for the Earth
Presented by Sr. Verónica Méndez and Beth Piggush

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

3 P.M. New York  | 2 P.M. Chicago |  1 P.M. Denver | 12 P.M. Los Angeles

Learn More and Register

 

Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Spirituality highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“I would like to offer Christians a few suggestions for an ecological spirituality grounded in the convictions of our faith, since the teachings of the Gospel have direct consequences for our way of thinking, feeling and living. More than in ideas or concepts as such, I am interested in how such a spirituality can motivate us to a more passionate concern for the protection of our world.”
- Laudato Si' 102

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Farm

ACT

Living sustainably is rooted in CSA’s history and mission. Father Caspar Rehrl, earliest founder of the Congregation, once said “Oh, how I wish that the Sisters of St. Agnes might someday live on this beautiful land watered by springs.”  That land eventually became CSA’s St. Joseph Springs Farm (pictured above) and is the current location of our Motherhouse. 

For more than 160 years the Sisters tended this land by:

  • Caring for the soil through farming and gardening
  • Protecting the woodlands
  • Preserving the integrity of springs and streams
  • Maintaining open prairies to preserve native wildflowers, plants and grasses
  • Installing solar panels which generate clean energy

In addition, members have reduced, reused, and recycled in order to better steward the resources of Earth. Various spiritual, social, and educational expressions among the members reflect their love and care for Earth and for the most vulnerable.

 

INTERCESSION

That we may honor our interdependence with all 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 pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 24

September 24, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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As described by the USCCB, Ecological Spirituality begins, as any spirituality must, but authenticating moral practice. A serious spirituality begins with a deep conversion from callous tearing of whatever we want from earth to a caring stewardship. In the distant past, human technological capacity and the tools available allowed us to make the earth more fruitful, but there was no capacity to inflict lasting damage to the balance of nature.

To help us find a beautiful balance of technology and nature, the Laudato Si Movement offers a Laudato Si Chaplet. “The Laudato Si Chaplet is a simple prayer technique to pray with creation, inspired by the Canticle of the Creatures of St Francis of Assisi.”

Read the Laudato Si' Chaplet

 

Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Spirituality highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“Technology has remedied countless evils which used to harm and limit human beings. How can we not feel gratitude and appreciation for this progress, especially in the fields of medicine, engineering and communications? How could we not acknowledge the work of many scientists and engineers who have provided alternatives to make development sustainable?”
- Laudato Si' 102

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Staying the Fray Retreat Logo

ACT

In the late summer of 2020, in the midst of the COVID pandemic as people across the world were adapting to new realities, a new normal in an immense slow down, many turned to technology as a way to connect with each other. CSA also adapted to use of new technologies. "Staying in the Fray of Life" was a five-session, CSA preached virtual retreat, which granted many hope and encouragement, and fed the desire to deepen their relationship with God. Sessions offered prayer, handouts for further reflection, and opportunities for spiritual guidance. These sessions continue to be available on the CSA You Tube channel.

Session 1 - Priming the Pump
Session 2 - Saying "Yes" to God: Loss and Surrender
Session 3 - It's All in the Attitude
Session 4 - Changing our Hearts: CONVERSION
Session 5 - The Immune System of the Human Spirit

View the Full Playlist

 

INTERCESSION

That all advances of technological development be accompanied by a development in human responsibility, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 23

September 23, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

In the Genesis Creation story, God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth." God created human beings; God created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. God created them male and female.

God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” [Gen 1:26-28]

What does it mean to be created in the “image of God?” As part of her spiritual retreat this fall, Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA, explored that very concept at the responsibilities that come with it.

View the Full Playlist

 

Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Spirituality highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“We are not God. The earth was here before us and it has been given to us. This allows us to respond to the charge that Judaeo-Christian thinking, on the basis of the Genesis account which grants man “dominion” over the earth (cf. Gen 1:28), has encouraged the unbridled exploitation of nature by painting him as domineering and destructive by nature. This is not a correct interpretation of the Bible as understood by the Church. Although it is true that we Christians have at times incorrectly interpreted the Scriptures, nowadays we must forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God’s image and given dominion over the earth justifies absolute domination over other creatures.”
- Laudato Si' 67

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Prairie on CSA land

ACT

CSA is committed to being stewards of Earth and the congregation’s property, which includes three stream channels running down the Niagara Escarpment west, 112 acres of agricultural lands, 15 acres of prairie/meadow lands, and 13 acres of forested wetlands. Throughout the region this same stewardship is illustrated by Glacial Lakes Conservancy (GLC). GLC is celebrating 25 years of fulfilling their mission to permanently preserve and protect land and water resources for future generations.

Learn More about Glacial Lakes Conservancy

 

INTERCESSION

That permanently preserving Earth be an extra incentive for all of us as we face the consequences of climate change, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 22

September 22, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The idea for the first Earth Day was that of Senator Gaylord Nelson, then junior senator from Wisconsin, who had long been concerned about the deteriorating environment in the United States. Then in January 1969, he and many others witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Nelson wanted to infuse the energy of student anti-war protests with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution. He announced the idea for a teach-in on college campuses to the national media and persuaded others to join him. They choose April 22, a weekday falling between Spring Break and final exams, to maximize the greatest student participation.

Read More at earthday.org

 

Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Spirituality highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“Nowadays, for example, we are conscious of the disproportionate and unruly growth of many cities, which have become unhealthy to live in, not only because of pollution caused by toxic emissions but also as a result of urban chaos, poor transportation, and visual pollution and noise. Many cities are huge, inefficient structures, excessively wasteful of energy and water. Neighborhoods, even those recently built, are congested, chaotic and lacking in sufficient green space. We were not meant to be inundated by cement, asphalt, glass and metal, and deprived of physical contact with nature.”
- Laudato Si' 44

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Earth Fair 2017

ACT

The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes has been offering the community Earth Day celebrations for many years, in the form of festivals, fairs, and prayer services. The last two years, we have participated in virtual prayer services planned by LCWR 9 Legislative Network. Collaboration with others has always been central to our environmental justice work. It is a special time to work with the students of St. Mary Springs and Marian University, local officials, interfaith groups, health care providers, and environmental organizations, including groups like Wisconsin Green Muslims, who apply Islamic environmental justice teachings in daily life and form coalitions with others working toward a just, healthy, peaceful and sustainable future. “There is not an animal on earth, nor a bird that flies on its wings, but they are communities like you…” (The Qur’an, 6:38)

Learn More about Interfaith Climate Action Week

 

INTERCESSION

That political campaigns will educate the people of all nations to the seriousness of the issues facing the world community and call forth a strong commitment to care for our common home, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 21 - International Day of Peace

September 21, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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The United Nations 2021 theme for International Day of Peace is Recovering Better for a Sustainable and Equitable World. "We must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.
In Laudato Si', Pope Francis calls us to undergo an ecological conversion. But what is an ecological conversion? Laudato Si' Movement, formerly Global Catholic Climate Movement, defines ecological conversion as "the transformation of hearts and minds toward greater love of God, each other, and creation. It is a process of acknowledging our contribution to the social and ecological crisis and acting in ways that nurture communion: healing and renewing our common home." 
Ecological conversion was first used in the Catholic Church by St. John Paul II during his papacy on January 17, 2001. The Laudato Si' Movement provides background and greater context in their article “What is an ecological conversion?”

What is "Ecological Conversion?"

 

Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Education highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“...we must examine our lives and acknowledge the ways in which we have harmed God's creation through our actions and our failure to act. We need to experience a conversion, or change of heart.”
- Laudato Si' 218

Read Laudato Si’

 

Sisters reading wall

ACT

Laudato Si' Movement has over 8,000 certified Animators, 800+ member organizations, and dozens of Chapters active on six continents working hard every day to bring Laudato Si' to life. To date, three CSA Sisters have received in-depth online Laudato Si' Animator training and certification and have been inspiring our community to care for creation. To certify an animator's training, one must submit a capstone project. Last week we learned of the "How Does your Garden Grow" initiative. 
Today we get a glimpse of another animator project - an art wall in the Motherhouse dining room, in which entries such as poetry, artwork, photos, book reviews, news articles, prayers, scripture, history items, and testimony to how Sisters personally hear the cry of the Earth and the cry of those most affected by climate change have been accumulating since the start of the Season of Creation.

Sister Rose Sisters Jean, Dolores, and Mark Sister Lucy

Interested in being among the next certified Laudato Si' Animators? Sign up for the free Laudato Si’ Animator training course that will help you understand the root causes of the climate crisis and give you the tools you need to lead your community in bringing Laudato Si’ to life.

Learn about Laudato Si' Animator Training

 

INTERCESSION

That this day be devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through nonviolence and cease fire, and may we all be inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to transform our world into one more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier, we pray.

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Season of Creation: Sept 20

September 20, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. This 4-minute video summarizes the Top 10 Things You Need to Know about Pope Francis' Laudato Si'.

Print a Copy of the Canticle of the Sun

 

Laudato Si Goals with Ecological Education highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.”
- Laudato Si' 1

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Canticle of the Sun images

ACT

For those who like the feel of a real book in their hands, The CSA JPIC Library has a small but mighty collection of books, videos and magazines, including a handful on environmental education. A current list can be found on the JPIC website and is updated regularly. Anyone wishing to borrow from, or donate to, the library can contact tabler@csasisters.org

Read the List of JPIC Resources

 

INTERCESSION

For the creativity, global solidarity, and courage to address the global ecological and social crises resulting from destructive climate change effectively, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 17

September 17, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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If the consequences of burning fossil fuels—like melting glaciers, rising seas, and increasing global temperature averages—feel too far-flung or abstract, consider the fundamental act of taking a breath of air. A new study has found that air pollution from fossil fuels is responsible for nearly one in every five deaths worldwide, according to a February 2021 article from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). It's a heavy subject that NRDC has made a little lighter and easier to understand in this video.

Read the Full Article from NRDC

 

Laudato Si Goals with Response of the Cry of the Poor highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“There is a growing sensitivity to the environment and the need to protect nature, along with a growing concern, both genuine and distressing, for what is happening to our planet… Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.” - Laudato Si' 19

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Image of Prius logo in motherhouse parking lot

ACT

The Congregation owns a total of 13 Toyota Prius; fuel efficient hybrid cars classified as Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (SULEV). With clean emissions, there will be less poisonous gases and pollutants released into the atmosphere. From the cars we drive to the trees and flowers we plant, and the lifestyles we choose, CSA has been engaged in caring for Earth in numerous ways, for numerous years. 

We end this week with a challenge to find more ways to care for creation.  The Peace and Social Justice Ministry of St. Matthew Catholic Church in North Carolina, shares these 50 easy ways to care for creation. 

Read the 50 Ways

 

INTERCESSION

That we may deepen our gratitude for nature's rich web of life within which we live, and grow in openness to wise and more just ways for caring for it and sharing it, we pray.

 
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Season of Creation: Sept 16

September 16, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

Eliminating the use of disposable plastic and Styrofoam, correctly recycling as much as possible, and reducing purchases of new consumer goods are a set of actions we can take to progress to the goal of adopting a sustainable lifestyle.

We can improve sustainability in diets by reducing food waste before and after market, composting, buying food from local producers when possible, and transitioning from meat-based to plant-based meats. The EAT-Lancet Commission recently released a report identifying sustainable eating that embraces multiple environmental dimensions: climate, biodiversity loss, nitrogen and phosphorus loss to the environment, land system change and freshwater use. This video reviews the results.

Read the Full Report

 

Laudato Si Goals with Response of the Cry of the Poor highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

"Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning - Laudato Si' 205

May God, who embraces all that exists with tenderness, pour out upon us the power of divine love that we may protect life and beauty. - excerpt from "A prayer for our earth" 

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Sister Leanne waters the garden

ACT

During this Season of Creation, the CSA community has been invited to participate in "How Does Your Garden Grow" - an opportunity to share conversations and photos of our personal garden spaces. You are invited to send your garden stories and pictures to dkrikau@csasisters.org. Share "the dirt" too - composters, send your tips and photos as well! (Your photos and stories will be shared with the sisters and on our social media pages, if you grant your permission.) Above is a photo of the Motherhouse Community Garden. Sisters take turns weeding and watering so all may enjoy the harvest.

In 2020, the Sisters of Mercy created a guide to prayerfully living meat-free during the Season of Creation to help make it easier to live meet-free this month and beyond!

Read the Guide

 

INTERCESSION

That we may turn from the selfish consumption of resources meant for all, and to see the impacts of our choices on the poor and vulnerable, we pray.

 
Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 15

September 15, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

Eliminating the use of disposable plastic and Styrofoam, correctly recycling as much as possible, and reducing purchases of new consumer goods are a set of actions we can take to progress to the goal of adopting a sustainable lifestyle.

Could our current recycling habits be doing more harm than good?  Watch this "Recycle Right" video from Sustain Fond du Lac - a community action group whose aim is to support, educate, and nurture sustainable development in the Fond du Lac area.  Not in the Fond du Lac area?  Learn the DOs and DON'Ts from your local material recovery facility.

Read the Recycle Right brochure

 

Laudato Si Goals with Response of the Cry of the Poor highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

The current global situation engenders a feeling of instability and uncertainty, which in turn becomes “a seedbed for collective selfishness.” When people become self-centered and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume.   - Laudato Si' 204

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Sister Wilhemina at St. Vincent de Paul

ACT

In additional to recycling practices throughout their homes and work spaces, CSA Sisters participate in CSA Swap - an online message board for Sisters only, who are looking to share or find items such as musical instruments, office supplies, household goods and furniture, and more. By sharing among themselves sisters help avoid purchasing duplicates or discarding items that may find a second-home in the community. What they don't re-home within the congregation, they donate to the local St. Vincent de Paul thrift store to ensure it has a new life.

 

INTERCESSION

That we are inspired to use the riches of creation with wisdom, and to ensure that their blessings are shared by all, we pray.

 
Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 14

September 14, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

The Amazon is the world's largest rainforest and a treasure unlike any other. The Amazon rainforest serves as one of Earth’s largest reservoirs of carbon dioxide, helping regulate global climate patterns through the sequestration and storage of carbon dioxide in above-ground bio mass and soil.

Tragically, we might be unwittingly destroying one of our best defenses against climate change. Drought, rising temperatures, and deforestation are mitigating the Amazon’s capacity to absorb carbon dioxide and increasing its net carbon emissions. According to AmazonAid.org, experts say that at the current rate of destruction, the Amazon could be gone in 40 years.

Read the Infographic & Article

 

Laudato Si Goals with Response of the Cry of the Poor highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

Quoting Saint John Paul II: Christians in their turn “realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith.” - Laudato Si' 64

When nature is viewed solely as a source of profit and gain, this has serious consequences for society. This … has engendered immense inequality, injustice and acts of violence against the majority of humanity, since resources end up in the hands of the first comer or the most powerful: the winner takes all. Completely at odds with this model are the ideals of harmony, justice, fraternity and peace as proposed by Jesus.  - Laudato Si' 82

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Photo from SGI conference in 2019

ACT

CSA works to practice fair and sustainable purchasing by supporting ethical businesses, taking a "total cost of ownership approach" to purchases. Issues of Reflections & Connections, CSA's quarterly publication of mission and ministry stories, are printed on FSC Mix paper. Products that bear this label are made using a mixture of materials from FSC-certified forests, recycled materials, and/or FSC controlled wood. While controlled wood is not from FSC certified forests, it mitigates the risk of the material originating from unacceptable sources.

By becoming aware of where consumer products come from and becoming a mindful consumer, we can do our part to protect places like the Amazon Forest, and help save our planet. The Amazon Aid Foundation provides a list of ways to be a better consumer.

Read Amazon Aid's Guide to Being a Better Consumer

 

INTERCESSION

That our actions may help to bring about the urgent and far-reaching transformation needed to restore the health of the planet and prevent severe devastation to life now and in the future, we pray.

 
Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 13

September 13, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

August 26th was Women's Equality Day in the US, a day that commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote. President Biden issued a Proclamation on Women's Equality Day, 2021 stating, "...we recognize our duty to continue that fight to ensure that our daughters can enjoy the same rights and opportunities as our sons."

In June of 2020, the UN released a report highlighting the importance of policies that integrate gender, climate, and security. "Gender inequality, climate vulnerability, and state fragility are strongly interlinked –we know, for example, that countries with higher values in one of these areas tend to score higher in the other two", said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner.

Read the UN Report

 

Laudato Si Goals with Response of the Cry of the Poor highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“Let us keep in mind the principle of subsidiarity, which grants freedom to develop the capabilities present at every level of society, while also demanding a greater sense of responsibility for the common good from those who wield greater power.”
- Laudato Si' 196

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Photo from SGI conference in 2019

ACT

CSA is a member of Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment (SGI). SGI is a coalition of faith and values-driven institutional investors who view the management of their investments as a powerful catalyst for social change. By investing in socially responsible enterprises and choosing ethical banking and insurance companies, SGI members use the economy to advocate for their values, such as the value of resilience. 

The 2021 SGI Conference, which is themed Resilience: Building a Just & Equitable Economy for All, will be held virtually October 12th from 4:30-6:30 pm. Their "panel of company, investor, and labor representatives will offer their perspectives on how to implement positive change from the learnings and challenges of 2020, dismantle systems that perpetuate gender and racial inequities, and build an economy that serves all people and ensures the dignity of all workers." For more information contact SGI Board Member, Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA or click the button below.

Learn more about attending the SGI Conference

 

INTERCESSION

That countries throughout the world may see women and girls as God does; as daughters beautiful, strong, worthy of respect, and deserving of equal economic opportunities, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 10

September 10, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

According to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), millions of men, women, and children fall into the hands of traffickers in their own countries and abroad, every year. No sector or industry is immune to human trafficking. Victims may be workers in food processing factories, waiters or cooks at restaurant, construction workers, agricultural laborer, fishers, housekeeping staff at hotels, domestic help in private residences, or sex trafficked women and men in brothels, spas and massage parlors.

The US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery.

Read More about Anti-Trafficking Work

 

Laudato Si Goals with Response of the Cry of the Poor highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? … It is no longer enough, then, simply to state that we should be concerned for future generations. We need to see that what is at stake is our own dignity.”
- Laudato Si' 160

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Sister Trish at the border wall

ACT

In 2001, CSA was one of six founding congregations of UNANIMA International, a non-governmental organization at the United Nations focused on ending the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation. On the Feast of St. Agnes, January 21, 2007, the CSA Congregation adopted a Corporate Stance on Human Trafficking to announce, "we stand in solidarity with the victims of human trafficking and are against the trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation." This was affirmed by the CSA USA Associate Community in November 2020.

The CSA Constitution, paragraph 4, states: "Our heritage calls us to a missionary zeal for nurturing the seed of faith and a pastoral concern for those whose faith life or human dignity is threatened." Paragraph 54 of the Constitution goes on to state: "We commit ourselves to respond to the church's call to hear the cry of the poor, and we reaffirm our commitment to those whose faith life or human dignity is threatened in any way."

This year, UNANIMA, which has recently expanded its mission, released a report showing the strong ties between trafficking and homelessness.

Read the Report

 

INTERCESSION

That children, women, and men who are rescued from traffickers be given a safe place to recover from abuse, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 9

September 09, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

On August 24, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling affirming a lower court decision that requires the Biden administration to reinstate the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols or "Remain in Mexico" policy, which forces people seeking asylum to await their court dates in Mexico.

On August 11, 2011, the Senate passed a budget resolution that advanced many economic and other urgent needs. Included in the package was a commitment to creating a path to citizenship for certain immigrants in the United States. In the Interfaith Immigration Coalition article, "Congress Must Show Up For Immigrant Justice, So Each Person Can Find Welcome and Home," several religious leaders speak to this.

Read the Article

 

Laudato Si Goals with Response of the Cry of the Poor highlighted

 

 

REFLECT

"A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings.
- Laudato Si' 91

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Sister Trish at the border wall

ACT

The current leadership team of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes, issued a Statement on the Treatment of Immigrants on the Border. Additionally, in observance of World Refugee Day, on June 20, 2018, a Statement on Separation of Immigrant Children from Parents was issued.

CSA Sisters have a long history of work on the border and continue to work nationwide in ministries that include being an attorney, a librarian, and working in schools, healthcare, and parishes in parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

Read about Sister Stories from the Border

 

INTERCESSION

That we have strength to defend those who are marginalized, give aid to those in need, come to the defense of those who are poor and vulnerable, and to welcome those who are on the move into our homes and hearts, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 8

September 08, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

According to Amnesty International, there are 370 million Indigenous people around the world and spread across more than 90 countries. They belong to more than 5,000 different Indigenous peoples and speak more than 4,000 languages. Indigenous people represent about 5% of the world’s population. The vast majority of them – 70% – live in Asia. Although they have different customs and cultures, they face the same harsh realities: eviction from their ancestral lands, being denied the opportunity to express their culture, physical attacks and treatment as second-class citizens. Indigenous peoples are often marginalized and face discrimination in countries’ legal systems, leaving them even more vulnerable to violence and abuse.

Indigenous women and girls play a vital role in their communities and beyond. They preserve traditional practices and culture, promote sustainable environmental techniques, and prevent conflict and build peace. Enjoy this short video from UN Women.

Visit the UN Women Site

 

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REFLECT

"Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change."
- Laudato Si' 202

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

Sister Josephine Goebel with Navajo elderwoman

ACT

Since 1993, numerous CSA Sisters who have chosen ministries on the Navajo reservation, particularly in Arizona. These women leaders are influential in advocating for inclusion of Native Americans for roles in the diocese and on school boards as well as helping women find meaningful work. They’ve learned much about history and culture from the indigenous peoples of these lands including how our Catholic teachings and practices fit into their indigenous spirituality. In addition to the work our Sisters do, a small group of Associates also visited the reservation to participate in a retreat given by a Navajo women.  For years, the parishes on the Navajo reservations prayed for the canonization of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. She was canonized in October 2012, and we celebrate her Feast Day each July 14th.
 

Read about St. Kateri Tekakwitha

 

INTERCESSION

That we may share these sacred lands in a covenantal relationship with God, the Creator, and reflect on the need to bring healing to our first peoples, we pray.

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Season of Creation: Sept 7

September 07, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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In a 2006 press release, then CSA General Superior, Joann Sambs, stated, "Most inmates on death row cannot afford an attorney and are people of low social status... Even in states with tight restrictions on the death penalty's use, a disproportionate numbers of people executed are poor and/or members of racial and ethnic minorities." This remains true today. According to Death Penalty Information Center, defendants are much less likely to be sentenced to death when they are represented by qualified lawyers who are provided sufficient time and resources to preset a strong defense. 

Visit the Death Penalty Information Center

 

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REFLECT

In Pope Francis' encyclical, "Fratelli Tutti," he ratifies a change in church teaching when he termed the death penalty "inadmissible" and calls Catholics to work for its abolition.

This mutual care is supported in Laudato Si’:
Gestures of mutual care, typical of love that is both civil and political, are present in every action that seeks to build a better world.

-Laudato Si’, 23

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ACT

In November 2006, CSA approved a corporate stance on the Death Penalty. It was affirmed by the CSA USA Associate Community in February 2021. 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.

Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center provides a document with suggestions for further education on capital punishment.

Read the Continuum of Action

 

INTERCESSION

That in this time of humanitarian an ecological crises, the human family may learn to respect all creatures and treat them justly with compassion and care as signs of God's wondrous love,
we pray.

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Season of Creation: Sept 6

September 06, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

In her article on eco-justice, Sister Joan Brown, OSF states, "As Mother Earth gasps for life, so do economically marginalized individuals, women, and children who experience lasting health and lifestyle effects of fossil fuel extraction. Implications of rising sea levels, increased heat waves, droughts, floods, storms, food insecurity, and violence increase. Women, children, and future generations are disproportionately affected." 

Read the Full Article

Listen to Joanna Sustento’s 12-minute story about surviving Typhoon Haiyan and her appeal for change.

 

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REFLECT

“The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation. In fact, the deterioration of the environment and of society affects the most vulnerable people on the planet… The impact of present imbalances is also seen in the premature death of many of the poor.” - Laudato Si’, 48

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Concept art of new Fond du Lac shelter

ACT

CSA Sisters and Associates in the Fond du Lac community lead, share resources, and serve women and children as they are called. Click each button to learn about a few examples of local ministries we support:

The Katharine Drexel Shelter
 

 

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ASTOP
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Marian’s Working Families Grant Program

INTERCESSION

That we may grow in consciousness, awe, and praise of the mystery of God’s creation and in our reverence of all that is created, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 3

September 03, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

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"Biodiversity – the diversity of life on [Earth] – is integral to a healthy and stable environment. Diversity of life ensures environmental resilience, provides humans with the life systems on which they rely and enriches life on [Earth.] Due to human activities, the planet is currently experiencing a biodiversity crisis which is resulting in the loss of species and populations of species and the habitats that support them." 

Read the Source Document

 

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REFLECT

“Caring for ecosystems demands farsightedness, since no one looking for quick and easy profit is truly interested in their preservation." - Laudato Si' 36

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

One of the CSA solar panels

ACT

CSA protects biodiversity by maintaining prairies of native plants and scheduled prairie burns. The photo above is one of many from the 2021 prairie burn.

Read about the benefits of prairie burning
and see photos from the 2021 burn.

 

INTERCESSION

That we may grow in consciousness, awe, and praise of the mystery of God’s creation and in our reverence of all that is created, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

Season of Creation: Sept 2

September 02, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

Our rivers, reservoirs, lakes, and seas are drowning in chemicals, waste, plastic, and other pollutants. An article from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) explains why and what we can do to help.

Read the Full Article

 

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REFLECT

“Access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights”
 - Laudato Si’, 30

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Image of the landscaping near spring tunnel under the roadway

ACT

The CSA motherhouse was designed to honor and accommodate the natural features that surround it including the spring-fed streams that run through the property. This summer, as construction began on the road near the springs, CSA advocated on behalf of the springs and adjusted landscaping to protect waters from run-off during building and roadway construction.

 

INTERCESSION

That we may take up our prophetic responsibility in this time of crisis to speak God’s truth to each other and to call one another into conversion and to ways of living within creation wisely, sustainably, justly, and reverently, we pray.

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Season of Creation: Day 1

September 01, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator

SEE

Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifying. Per the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on August 9, 2021, scientists are observing changes in Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system. Many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, and some of the changes already set in motion—such as continued sea level rise—are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years. This report is the first installment of many which will be completed in 2022.

Read the Full Report

 

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REFLECT

“[Mother Earth] now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.” - Laudato Si’, 2

Read Laudato Si’

 

 

 

One of the CSA solar panels

ACT

The 880-panel solar installation on our motherhouse grounds is a tangible reflection of our commitment to care for Earth. Our solar panels generate 50% of our energy needs and substantially reduce our carbon footprint.

In 2020, when Alliant Energy announced the launch of its first community solar project in Fond du Lac, CSA supported the endeavor by purchasing 568 solar panels (called “blocks”) of the solar garden. This investment means that the entire St. Agnes Convent and the on-site maintenance building will be 100% powered by the sun. The Community Solar program provides an opportunity for customers, both residential and corporate, to share the benefits of solar power without having to install solar panels on their property and will be fully operational by the end of 2021.

Learn more about the CSA Solar Array

 

INTERCESSION

That we may grow in consciousness, awe, and praise of the mystery of God’s creation and in our reverence of all that is created, we pray.

Tags: laudato-si

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