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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.

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Resources/Actions (March 8)

March 08, 2021
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

Women's History Month

Sr Alicia Vacas Moro
2021 International Women of Courage Award Recipient

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and First Lady Dr. Jill Bide will honor Sister Alicia, one of 14 women from around the world, with the 15th International Women of Courage Award on March 8.
 
A registered nurse, Sister Alicia Vacas Moro ran a medical clinic in Egypt for eight years, helping 150 low income patients a day treat their maladies. She then moved to the biblical town of Bethany to help an impoverished Bedouin community, especially women and children. She set up training programs for women that provided them with previously unavailable economic opportunities, and established kindergartens in Bedouin camps, providing an educational foundation for children. In an environment shaped by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sister Alicia also assisted traumatized refugees and asylum seekers, a job she continues to perform on a larger scale in her current role as the regional coordinator for the Comboni Sisters in the Middle East. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck northern Italy, she flew to Italy to assist and treat fellow sister nuns, undeterred by extreme danger to herself.

 

March 8 International Women's Day

March 8—International Women’s Day is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political. The theme for 2021, Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World, celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information Click Here.

 

CSA's Women's Leadership Breakfast

We invite you to join us as we explore how local women in need have been impacted by the pandemic and how other local women have stepped up to meet that need. Six local women will share from the perspectives of healthcare, education, and community services. While there is no cost to attend, we hope you will consider a suggested donation of $10 per person. All donations go directly to support Marian University's Working Families Grant Program.

8:00 A.M. - Opening Reflection by Sister Jean Steffes, CSA General Superior
8:15 - 9:15 A.M. - Breakout rooms with panelists
9:25 A.M. - Closing Blessing
Register Here 

 

Women of the Movement

You are invited to join the Civil Rights Memorial Center this Thursday, March 11, for a virtual panel discussion in honor of Women’s History Month. The panelists will explore and celebrate generations of Black women who led, acted, inspired and advocated for a better present and future for all generations of Americans.

Women of the Movement: Honoring Those Who Paved the Way and Celebrating Those Leading Today

Thursday, March 11
11 a.m. Central Time
REGISTER HERE

 

Care of Earth

From Earth Day 

We’re marking 51 days to Earth Day by bringing you 51 actions you can take for the planet.  Volunteer for cleanups. Calculate your carbon footprint. Support The Canopy Project™. Become inspired by dozens of ideas of how you can work to Restore Our Earth. Click Here

 

Peace and Non-violence

From Pax Christi International:

Pope Francis' recent encyclical is resonating with peacebuilders and justice-seekers around the world. This timely message grapples with the realities of a polarized, violent and unjust world amid the pandemic.
It envisions a new way forward to a more just, peaceful, equal, hopeful and nonviolent future. Join the Pax Christi International movement for a one-hour time of reflection and discussion on the meaning of Fratelli Tutti in your local contexts.   Register Here for the March 11,  9:00 CT presentation.

 

 

Immigration

If you have not yet viewed Oh Mercy - Searching for Hope in the Promised Land, a 12 minute video on YouTube, check it out Here. The film is set at the border and features Sister Norma Pimentel.

 

2021 Catholic Social Tradition Conference

From Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns:

Justice in the World
2021 Catholic Social Tradition Conference 
March 25–27, 2021 | University of Notre Dame

“Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel,”  

The Justice in the World conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Synod of Bishops’ prophetic vision by examining the justice issues proclaimed by the Gospel and addressed by modern Catholic social thought. The conference will focus in particular on issues central to the document: racism, ecclesial and political structures, work, internationalization, and the environment. 

Please join this gathering of global scholars working to expand Catholic social tradition through intellectual, artistic, and social engagement.

How to join:

Each conference session will be in a Zoom Webinar format. Participants need to log in to Zoom in order to access the conference events. For more information and to access the link Click Here.

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