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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: Sept 7

September 07, 2021
By Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator


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


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




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

Read Laudato Si’




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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



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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