Justice and Peace

Justice and peace initiatives, along with caring for creation, involves using our voices to stand up against the injustices in our community and in the world.  In order to do this, our sisters minister with those who have a need, attend rallies, write letters and make phone calls to government officials, take corporate stands, and much more. We look to and support the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) as a collective Franciscan voice amplifying St Francis of Assisi and his call for compassion for the poor and for creation over 800 years ago.

Why do we engage in Justice and Peace Issues?

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.

Our Corporate Stands

The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia voted to take corporate stands against gun violence, the death penalty, war, and human trafficking, along with one for immigration reform and for care for creation. 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

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Laudato Si’ Action Platform

In May 2021, Pope Francis announced the Laudato Si’ Action Platform as an urgent initiative challenging the entire Catholic Church and world community to prepare a better tomorrow for future generations. The platform is a seven-year journey bringing together seven sectors— families, dioceses and parishes, educational institutions, health-care institutions, organizations and groups, the economic sector, and religious congregations. These sectors—all of us—are called to respond to the seven Laudato Si’ Action Platform goals: response to the cry of the Earth, response to the cry of the poor, ecological economics, adoption of sustainable lifestyles, ecological education, ecological spirituality, and community resilience and empowerment.

The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia stand strongly in support of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ vision.Under the ongoing leadership of their Care for Creation Committee, the congregation has continued to respond to Laudato Si’ through education and action. Congregational leadership enthusiastically agreed with the committee’s recommendation that the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia formally join the Laudato Si’ Action Platform: “As Franciscans, how can we not?”  Click here for a reflection of the process and our year one plan.

Confronting Racism with a Franciscan Heart

Statement of Resolution
We, the members of the Franciscan Federation, renounce the sin of racism and recognize our complicity.  We are deeply troubled by the acts of hate, discrimination, inequity, oppression.   We recognize our call to be peacemakers, transforming the difficulties, tragedies and acts of violence into peace.


In order to respond with concrete intention, let our Call to Action be a collective Franciscan voice to respond as peacemakers as we confront Racism with a Franciscan Heart. We propose that all Franciscans and Franciscan Hearted People join the Franciscan Federation and the Franciscan Action Network to take at least one action to confront racism.

For personal reflection, sharing, and action steps:

  1. What have I done to undo racism in myself?
  2. If Caucasian: How do I benefit from White Privilege? What can people with privilege do that people without privilege can’t?
  3. Advocate for and support criminal justice reform, the demilitarization of the police, the decriminalization of behaviors such as loitering and minor traffic violations, and the ending of stop-and-frisk.
  4. Use your vote: Call and write your representatives in Congress and ask what they are doing to address racism; vote for the candidates that support your views.
  5. To recognize implicit bias, take an Implicit Association Test: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html


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