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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Urgent Action: Tell Congress and the Administration a Refugee Admissions Goal of 30,000 Is Morally Inexcusable The Trump administration has just set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 30,000 - the lowest level in U.S. history. This drastically low number will leave tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees without a chance at safety.

Communities around the country are prepared to welcome at least 75,000 refugees. Refugees are more than just a global figure; they are families torn apart, children who have witnessed profound violence, and people seeking a chance to rebuild their lives and raise a family in safety. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. As people who care about refugees, tell both the White House and Congress that 30,000 is inexcusable and that we must set a refugee admissions goal of at least 75,000. The White House is required under U.S. law to consult with Congress prior to setting the annual refugee admissions number. This has not happened yet, which means Congress can and must weigh in today.

CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVE TODAY: Call directly or call 202-225-3121 and remain on the line to connect with each senator and your representative.

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and a Catholic sister/person of faith. I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program. I am outraged that President Trump has set a new historic low for FY 2019’s refugee admissions goal at 30,000. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. Refugee resettlement facilitates U.S. diplomatic, national security, and foreign policy interests. 

The White House is required to consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions number, but they have not done so. Congress must act. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration resettles at least 75,000 refugees in 2019 and to stop the administration from further dismantling the resettlement program.
I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement."

Friday, September 14, 2018

Protect Immigrant Children and Reject Expansion of Family Incarceration

I pass this along from Church World Service.

Right now, ICE is asking Congress for additional funding for family incarceration and immigration detention. It is critical for the faith community to make their voices heard and urge Congress to reject any proposal that fuels family separation and family incarceration. Instead, Congress should pressure the administration to reunify separated families and end "zero tolerance" policies, keep Flores protections for immigrant children intact, and invest in community-based alternatives to detention like the Family Case Management Program.

Faith Leaders: Click here to sign on to an important letter urging Congress to protect immigrant children and reject an expansion of family incarceration.

Thank you for your work, and please share this letter with your networks

Friday, September 7, 2018

Justice Alert/Rise for Climate

Tomorrow, all over the world people will be holding events to coincide with the Global Climate Action Summit 2018 being held in San Francisco. 
For  more information go to  
See graphics in this folder. And download the beautiful Rise art here!
Videos to Share:
·  CA Street Mural Video (raw file)
·  CA Singing video (raw file
·  #WhyWeRise Video (ask Martin Witcher for crossposting)
·  Labor Day Video (ask Sam Read for crossposting)
For those of you who tweet:
·  Center on Race, Poverty & The Environment:
·  Southern Alliance for Clean Energy:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A Call to Live Peacefully in Turbulent Times

A Call to Live Peacefully in Turbulent Times

September 25, 6:30 pm
Dorcas Chapel, Marian University
45 S. National Avenue, Fond du Lac 
Gentle Your Heart
Fashion a Peaceful World 

All are welcome 

Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Agnes

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Three steps for more civil political debate in the Trump era


The negative political ads are upon us!  It’s a good time to think about how we can be a positive influence amid the turmoil, falsehoods, and lack of respect.  I have listed the three steps below, but encourage you to read the article.

1. Spend less time discussing politics on social media.  Have a respectful conversation in person.

2. Make sure you are engaging for the right reasons. Ask fair questions, listen, and then listen some more.

3. Embrace the struggle between what may first seem to be competing truths. F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Preparation for Voting in November

Voting is a privilege and a responsibility. Voting choices have moral implications. Our faith impels us to be voters committed to compassion, education, fact-checking, passion for justice.  Thorough voter preparation is essential for the well-being of Illinois residents.  How do we decide which candidate will earn our vote?  These questions are offered as voter preparation aids.  They are starters in our search for the most inclusive, visioning, justice-oriented candidates for each of the offices for which we have the PRIVILEGE and the RESPONSIBILITY to vote.  These questions are motivators as we take seriously our moral obligation to vote responsibly. 

What are the characteristics of leaders that we need in this time, this area, this county/township, this town, this state, this nation, internationally?

What kind of power is essential for elected leaders to exercise?  In the work history of the candidate, how was power exercised?  Is the work history centered within for-profit corporations, government, not-for-profit agencies, or?

If we watch campaign ads, how do we analyze them?  If people are featured in an ad, who are they?  What is their connection to the candidate for whom the ad is supporting/opposing?  What is the meaning of a physical location if featured in an ad?  What is the purpose of that location: support or opposition of the candidacy?  When we study the connections between the ad and the individual/group that paid for the ad, what do these connections indicate?  In the ad, are judgments about reasons for actions being made?  If judgments are being made, are these assumptions or reality?  Do we fact check the claims made in the ads?

If we are pondering statistics, who did the statistical analysis?  What is the reputation of the group/individual who did the statistical analysis?

What groups/individuals are financing the candidacy?  In what ways?  What lobbying groups are funders?  What is the focus of each of the funding groups/individuals?  What is the relationship of these groups/individuals with the candidate?

What other resources are impacting the election?  Billboards, posters, parties, door-to-door visiting, and ?  How do we analyze the candidate flyers that populate our mailbox?  Who is paying for these resources?

How reliable is the political analysis of social media, TV and radio news?  What lenses do I as an individual bring to my analysis, my decisions?  How do these lenses impact my conclusions?

When I’m going to a candidate forum, do I prepare questions to ask the candidates?  After attending a candidate forum, how do I make a decision about what I’ve heard—dialog with others who attended the forum, silent contemplation, incorporating the insights from research I’ve already completed, and ….?  To which candidate(s) is the energy of the forum leading me?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

About the Red Tide

Many of you have seen national news stories about dead fish washing ashore on Florida beaches. Jacque Roller, CSA, who lives in Sarasota, sent these links for our information and action. 

The first one is a Fort Wayne, Indiana news station interview with Jacque and the second is a petition that she invites us to sign. The others provide more detailed information about the situation and the cause of the problem, run-off from sugarcane farms.