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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 congregation released its Stance on Peace and Non-violence on January 20, 2002 to coincide with the feast of their patroness, St. Agnes, and the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his commitment to nonviolence. They committed to living the gospel values of love and forgiveness, to be peacemakers, and to promote justice.

In addition to living out these values in their own community and personal relationships, sisters and associates have participated in peaceful demonstrations, vigils, and some in non-violent civil disobedience.  



More information on peace and nonviolence can be found at the following websites.

Pax Christi USA — Catholic Peace and Justice Movement

Fellowship of Reconciliation — An interfaith organization  

Friends Committee on National Legislation — A Quaker social justice group

Global Coalition for Peace

Institute for Peace and Justice  

Pace e Bene — an independent, non-denominational organization  

Washington Peace Center — organizing group for economic and social justice  

Peace Pulpit: Bishop Thomas Gumbleton — blogs regularly for the National Catholic Reporter

Wisconsin Anti-violence Effort (WAVE)

In Memoriam

For more information contact:

Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA
Justice Coordinator

320 County Road K
Fond du Lac, WI 54937-8158
Phone: (920) 907-2315
Fax: (920) 921-8177

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