2017

6/23/17 -Dollar Tree says it’s protecting consumers from toxic chemicals. Group wants proof.

pilotonline.com -A group of consumer advocates and a Catholic nun well known for encouraging corporations to behave want the Chesapeake-based retailer to prove it, especially as it relates to keeping harmful phthalate chemicals – often used to make plastics soft – lead, BPAs and other toxic materials out of children’s toys and products.  “We’re not getting any data that tells us they’re doing any work,” said Sister Nora Nash with the Sisters of St. Francis in Philadelphia.  Read more.

6/7/17 – Local Investors Both Large and Small Vote for ExxonMobil Climate-Change Analysis

PIVOT.Today – The resolution originated from members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility like the Aston-based Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, which voted on behalf of its 5,900 shares. Malvern’s Vanguard, meanwhile, also voted on behalf of its 299 million shares, or seven percent of all ExxonMobil shares.   Read more.

6/7/17 – Comcast’s 2nd Virtual Shareholder Meeting Gets Poor Reviewed from Activists

Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com – The Friends Fiduciary is part of a coalition, with the Sisters of St. Francis religious order, that filed a shareholder resolution seeking Comcast to more fully disclose its “grassroots” lobbying expenditures. Comcast says it discloses millions of dollars in lobbying expenditures and has recommended that shareholders vote against the resolution.  Read more.

6/1/17 – Vanguard, Philly Nun Press ExxonMobil to Adopt New Climate Change Practice

PhillyMag.com – Among the shareholders who cast the historic vote is Malvern-based mutual funds giant Vanguard, according to the Washington Post. And as the Inquirer reports, Sister Nora Nash, director of corporate responsibility for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia also had a hand in steering the vote against ExxonMobil management.
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5/31/17 – ExxonMobil Shareholders Vote ‘Yes’ on Climate-Change Analysis, including Vanguard

The Philadelphia Inquirer – Fewer have likely heard of Sister Nora (Nash). She’s no ordinary nun — she is director of corporate responsibility for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.”  Read more.

3/30/17 – Sister Dolora Taylor is the ‘heart and history’ of Immaculate Conception School

The Baltimore Sun – “I love that little nun.” That’s how Immaculate Conception School principal Madeline Meaney describes her affection for Sister Dolora Taylor of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Taylor, who is 84 years old and four-feet ten-inches tall, recently celebrated her 20th year working as a record keeper at the Catholic school in downtown Towson. Read more.

3/20/17 – Wells Fargo Books Plush Resort for Company Meeting – and Some Shareholders Aren’t Happy

The Charlotte Observer – This is an indication that the company didn’t assess the value of being more humble in light of the scandal and are asking shareholders to find a place to stay that is off the beaten path because they don’t want to be exposed to protesters,” said Sister Nora Nash, a nun with the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, which owns Wells Fargo shares. Read more.

3/20/17 – PETA Buys Stock in Canada Goose to Protect Use of Down and Fur

TriplePundit Religious orders, including the famous Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, have long used stock purchases to influence corporate policies through the power of shareholder resolutions. Long an irritant to many public company executives and directors, the Sisters of St. Francis most recent quest was the filing of proposals ahead of Wells Fargo’s annual shareholders meeting. The order’s nuns asked for more accountability from the company after a year of scandals rocked the bank, from allegedly bending military laws to the 2 million “fake accounts” fiasco. Read more.

3/17/17 – Wells Fargo Leaders Reaped Lavish Pay Even as Account Scandal Unfolded

NY Times Wells Fargo and its leaders have expressed much contrition about the bank’s misdeeds, which included setting up as many as 2 million bank accounts without customers’ consent. Top executives have surrendered more than $90 million in compensation, fired employees at all levels and vowed to clean house. Read more.

3/16/17 – Wells Fargo shareholders call for a new, broader probe into the bank’s accounts scandal

LA Times – The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia are disappointed that the Wells Fargo Board recommended a vote against our resolution requesting a Business Standards Review. Read more.
Fortune.com – Wells Fargo ‘s board of directors awarded Chief Executive Timothy Sloan $12.8 million for his work last year, a 17% increase.  Read more.
Pensions and Investments – Wells Fargo is asking investors to vote against a pension fund-led shareholder proposal that calls for a comprehensive report from the bank on its retail banking sales practices. Read more.

3/16/17 – Spokane Guilds’ School agrees to buy former St. Joseph Property

Spokane Journal –  Nonprofit expects to develop $15 million facility on property in U District – Read more.

3/7/17 – At Neumann University:  Tea and Franciscan identity

Global Sisters Report – When Neumann University‘s Marguerite O’Beirne was pondering the best way to engage her campus community in informal conversations about Franciscan identity, perhaps it’s no surprise that her mind went to tea.  Read more.

2/27/17 – Light of Convent Shines on New Thrift Shop in York (PA)

York Daily Record – The light of an old convent fills the new location of St. Mary’s Thrift Shop in York. That light is filtered through the stained glass windows that once surrounded the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in their home at 26 East College Avenue.  Read more.

2016

12/10/16 – Where Wells Fargo Goes From Here

Business Ethics – Why has it been so difficult for a values-driven shareholder investor group with over $200 billion in invested capital to persuade a bank now dealing with a very public ethics crisis to do some structured self-examination? The bank ranked lowest in responsible lending and risk management in the shareholder group’s 2013 survey of seven largest banks. Nevertheless, it has repeatedly resisted the request to do a business standards review. These shareholders believe the bank can do a better job aligning business practices with its stated ethics principles.

So, for the third time, the Financial Services Working Group of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) has submitted to Wells Fargo a shareholder resolution asking for a business standards review report; the resolution is intended to be voted on at the bank’s April 2017 shareholder meeting. Read more.


10/10/16 – Religious activist investors push Wells Fargo over fake accounts scandal

Philadelphia Business Journal – Philadelphia, PA – A group of nuns and religiously-affiliated investors want Wells Fargo & Co. to disclose more about why employees opened millions of accounts without customers’ permission. Read more.


10/10/16 – Religious investors lose faith in Wells Fargo after Scandal.

Reuters – A group of nuns and other religiously-affiliated investors have lost faith in embattled Wells Fargo & Co and filed a shareholder resolution calling on the bank to report on the root causes of a fake accounts scandal that led to a $190 million settlement struck with regulators last month. Read moreYahoo News link.


10/8/16 – St. Joseph’s and CHI Franciscan draw from past to guide future

The News Tribune – Tacoma, WA – Ketul Patel answers to a higher power. The Sisters. They’re the ones who hired the CHI Franciscan CEO 19 months ago. And their vision is what guides him today. “One of the things that drew me here is the passion that our sisters have for what we’ve become over the past 125 years,” Patel said during a recent interview in his downtown office. Read more.


10/6/16 – Author Frida Berrigan encourages “modest work” in wake of election

National Catholic Reporter – Silver Spring, MD – Our Sister Marie Lucey was one of two local peacemakers honored at a Pax Christi group.  Read more.


9/30/16- Commentary: Oasis of hope out to change the narrative in Chester

Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com – Philadelphia, PA – Ten years ago, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Neumann University, and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia came together with a bold idea to minister in Chester. Read more.


9/16/16 – Fig Tree Articles – St. Joseph Family Center to Close

The Fig Tree – Spokane, WA – Franciscan sisters close counseling center  Read more.


9/12/16:  Bishop Invites Men and Women in Religious Life to October 8 Convocation.

The Monitor – Trenton, NJ – Our Sister Anne Amati will present reflections on Mercy.  Read more.


8/31/16 – Franciscan Sister Makes Big Imprint on Tiny Steps

The Dialog – Wilmington, DE – Read about our Sister Elise Betz.  Read more.


8/11/16 – Shareholders, consumer groups press KFC on antibiotics use

Meat+Poultry – Oakland, CA – Two shareholders of Yum! Brands stock filed a proposal urging the owner of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands to quickly phase out meat and poultry sourced from animals given antibiotics. Oakland-based As You Sow and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia co-filed the proposal on Aug. 9.  Read more.


8/1/16 – Neumann President Dr. Rosalie Mirenda retiring

Delco Times – Aston, PA –  Dr. Rosalie M. Mirenda, Neumann University’s longest-serving president, will retire on June 30, 2017, the lifetime educator announced in a letter to the school community Monday. Read more.


5/25/16 – St. Francis House director honored for humanitarianism

The News Tribune – Puyallup, WA – Sister Pat Michalek, executive director at the St. Francis House, was recently awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award by the Puyallup Lions Club for her work in the community. Michalek’s parents, Doris and Stan Michalek, started the Puyallup St. Francis House in 1974. Read more.


5/23/16 – Sisters lead the way in mission investing that influences corporate policy and advances social good

Global Sisters Report – ” . . . Sr. Nora Nash is the director of corporate responsibility for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, who say they were among the first congregations to establish a policy on these types of alternative investments. Their work in the area began in 1985 and now includes aspects such as investing in the Disability Opportunity Fund, which finances organizations serving the disability market, focusing on affordable housing, schools and vocational training centers.” Read more.


5/4/16 – Alliance of moms, religious groups criticizes efforts to block new oil and gas rules in Pa.

Newsworks – It might seem like an unusual alliance, but leaders on both sides of the abortion debate are teaming up behind a common cause: more regulations on oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania. “We are living in a very toxic community, a community and a state that allows communities to be exposed  to wells, compression stations, pipelines, distribution stations, methane leaks and other greenhouse gas emissions,” said our Sister Nora Nash. Read more.


3/7/16 – St. Francis de Sales school demise grieves all ages

Delco Times – Aston, PA – Four years ago, St. Francis de Sales Grade School in the Lenni section of Aston was granted a reprieve after members of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Blue Ribbon Commission recommended it close and students attend St. Thomas the Apostle Grade School about 2 miles away in Chester Heights.

A “Save Our School” committee was successful in its appeal to Archbishop Charles Chaput to keep the school, established in 1895 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, open. Read more.


1/11/16 – ‘They’re all my brothers and sisters’: Sister Julie McCole gives her energy to Wilmington’s hungry

The Dialog – Wilmington, DE – For Franciscans, living in community is as much a part of their vocation as teaching, caring for the sick or, in Sister Julie McCole’s case, feeding the poor. Sister Julie finds community among the people who work and volunteer at the Emmanuel Dining Room West on Jackson Street, where she has been the director for the past five months, and from the people they serve. Read more.