Our congregation from its foundation has been dedicated to the exercise of “all of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy of which woman is capable and which will most benefit the dear neighbor”We do this in a way that:
As a Congregation, we commit ourselves to act collectively when justice demands it, especially when our corporate power could significantly influence an issue.
Indivisible – A practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda
Today, on the Feast of St. Francis, patron saint of animals and ecology, we close the Season of Creation by reminding ourselves of our moral responsibility to care for creation which was highlighted by Pope Francis on his Laudato Si Encyclical.
In 1989 the Orthodox Church proclaimed September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for Creation. Since then, many churches have joined this movement including the Catholic Church with Pope Francis in 2015. This year, Christians will pray together in a month long Season of Creation which will extend from September 1 until October 4, 2016 (Feast of St. Francis). We invite you to pray and reflect on our collective impact on God’s creation.
We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet believe that Creation is a sacred trust given to the whole Earth community. Therefore, we are individually and collectively committed to asking in every deliberation “How does this decision/action impact the Earth community?” We do this to raise our awareness and change our behaviors.
We believe in the interdependence of humanity and nature in the whole Earth community, and recognize our harmful impact. We are committed to simplify our lifestyles through specific, measurable actions regarding water, climate change, food, consumption, and waste, taking into consideration local realities and concerns.
We believe that our lack of consciousness and our activities have placed Mother Earth in crisis, and we recognize our culpability in her destruction. Therefore, we have committed ourselves to act with urgency to protect her stability and integrity, and to celebrate her beauty wherever we are. We dialogue and pray with people of other faith traditions whose mission and hopes are compatible with our mission.