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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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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

 

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

 

 

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.

Tags: laudato-si

 

 


 

 

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