Nonviolence . . . Human trafficking . . . Women . . . . The elderly . . . Immigrants' rights . . .. Housing. . . Children . . . Prisoners' rights . . . Health care . . . World Hunger . . . Globalization, as it affects Latin America . . . Care of the earth . . . 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.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

CSA Statement on Gun Control Legislation


The Sisters of St. Agnes are making the following public statement in response to the Parkland school shooting and the March for Our Lives taking place across the country this Saturday. 

Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes

Statement on Gun Control Legislation 

The Sisters of St. Agnes join their voices with those of the surviving students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, those who participated in Saturday’s national and local March for Our Lives, and people of good will from all faiths across this country, who are demanding an end to the legislative paralysis that prevents common sense gun control from being enacted in this country. 

Between the Sandy Hook shooting, and the Parkland shooting more than 500,000 Americans have been killed or injured by guns. There have been more than 1,500 mass shooting incidents in the United States during that time. The annual number of gun deaths increased to more than 38,000 in 2016. Of the 30 deadliest shootings in the United States, 19 have occurred in the last 10 years. As part of this litany of senseless gun deaths, we also acknowledge the deaths of our African American sisters and brothers that gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement.

We acknowledge and thank those corporations that have recently severed ties with the NRA, but the reality is little has been done to address the gun violence epidemic in our nation. Our legislators have not only refused to act to address gun violence in the United States, they – under increased pressure and funding from the NRA – have actively worked to weaken gun regulations.

The Sisters of St. Agnes call for an open and respectful dialogue in our communities, our states, and Congress about effective gun control legislation. We seek legislation that protects the common good and public safety as well as promotes respect for life.  We call our elected officials to develop legislation and enact laws that will: require universal background checks and mandatory waiting periods for all gun purchases; ban civilian ownership of high-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines; make gun trafficking a federal crime; and improve access to mental health services.

This tragic event calls communities and the nation to a deep conversion as individuals, communities, and as a nation. May we heed the challenge in the compelling words of Pope Francis, “Faith and violence are incompatible.”

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Senate Sign on Letter in Support of #SESTA #FOSTA Package

I am urgently asking for your support for the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act in the U.S. Senate.  This bill will go a long way toward stopping the sale of children online on websites such as  

Please sign on to this letter to Sen. Schumer and Sen. McConnell.  And please share it with your networks. 

Meet the Candidates

Here is a flyer for the Chili Event.  Please share.
This is not a CSA endorsement of any of the candidates.

Friday, February 23, 2018

February 26 - National Call-In Day for Dreamers


This information comes through LCWR. 

Next week the Catholic community across the country is planning to double-down on its commitment to stand with Dreamers.

On Monday, February 26, USCCB is sponsoring a National Call-In Day for Dreamers. In their announcement, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, USCCB President, Archbishop José Gómez, USCCB Vice President, and Bishop Joe Vásquez, chair of the USCCB’s Migration Committee said: “Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters. We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way.  Now is the time for action." 

Your advocacy is critical.  We hope to drive thousands of calls to Congress.  Please call 1-855-589-5698 and press 1 to be connected to your Senators. Call again and press 2 to be connected to your Representative.

Once connected please ask the person on the phone to deliver this simple message to your legislator: 

“I urge you to support a bipartisan and humane solution for Dreamers: Protect Dreamers from deportation and provide them with a path to citizenship. Reject proposals that undermine family immigration or protections for unaccompanied children. As a Catholic, I know that families are not “chains,” but a blessing to be protected. Act now to protect Dreamers, our immigrant brothers and sisters.”

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The House Needs to Have a Clean Dream Act

Are you up for doing it all again -- asking that Congress take action on behalf of Dreamers? 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to hold a vote by Friday, February 9. In order to protect Dreamers and families, we need the House to also take up a clean Dream Act. Call your representative to have them pressure Speaker Ryan to hold a vote as soon as possible.   

Be sure to ask that there be no border wall nor increased militarization. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

JusticeAlert - February 1

Thursday, February 8 is the feast day of Josephine Bakhita. Josephine was born in Sudan in 1869, enslaved as a child, and sold to an Italian diplomat. Years later she was brought to freedom through the Canossian Daughters of Charity and later became part of their community. In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized her.  He said that her life is an inspiration to all who work for the freedom of girls and women who experience violence and oppression and the slavery of human trafficking—until all reach their full human dignity and live in freedom.  

Attached are petitions that you may use in prayer.  

Prayer of the Faithful 

The response is: Gracious God, hear our prayer.

For Pope Francis, all bishops and church leaders that God may gift them with deep wisdom as they call the Church to struggle against the evil of human trafficking, we pray 

For policy makers, that God grants them the wisdom to enact laws that provide greater protection for victims and survivors of human trafficking, we pray 

For everyone who is trapped in a situation of slavery, that God will help to liberate them from their chains, we pray 

For perpetrators of slavery, that they repent of their evil ways and turn to God for forgiveness, we pray 

For our neighbors, coworkers, friends, fellow Christians, and all people, that they may increase in their awareness of the problem of human trafficking and become a voice in the public square calling for its abolition, we pray

A toolkit for observing this feast can be found on the Become a Shepherd page on USCCB’s International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.

The photo above contains the information to join a webinar on what parishes around the country are doing to combat human trafficking