As Sisters of St. Francis, part of our mission states that we “respond with diverse gifts in a spirit of collaboration and of mutual service to the needs of others, especially the economically poor, the marginal, and the oppressed. Seeking to participate in the Spirit’s action in the world, we direct our personal and corporate resources to the promotion of justice, peace, and reconciliation.
The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia voted to take corporate stands against the death penalty, war, and human trafficking, along with one for immigration reform. We stand firmly grounded in Catholic social teaching and in our Franciscan heritage and tradition. These corporate stands act as concrete ways of affirming our belief in nonviolence and on taking “the necessary steps to be a healing, compassionate presence in our violent world, especially with…those who have no voice.” Our Corporate Stands
Close the School of the Americas
The JPIC Committee of the Sisters of St. Francis have long been involved in trying to call for the closing of the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia. The JPIC committee is endorsing the SOA Watch Convergence at the Border which begins in one week. While our physical presence may not be possible, we are asking you to join in the October 7-11 activities through your prayerful support. Those who gather will stand at the border for justice and demand fundamental change in U.S. policies beyond elections:
Please join us in prayer.
“At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity. Especially in situations of conflict, let us respect this, our “deepest dignity,” and make active nonviolence our way of life.