Current Actions

Immigration – Separation of Families

The Sisters of St. Francis are members of Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and stand behind the statement of Sr. Teresa Maya, CCVI, President of LCWR, issued the following statement to the press:

“As women of faith, as Catholic sisters, we strongly oppose the Trump administration’s decision to forcibly separate parents from their children in an effort to punish families seeking safety and in the United States.

Mothers and fathers are taking tremendous risks to bring their children to safety. These are families fleeing violence and death in their home countries. They have every right to ask for protection in the United States and the Trump administration is legally and morally obligated to give them a fair chance to seek asylum.

It is impossible to imagine the fear of a child being ripped from the arms of her mother or the pain of a father watching a stranger take his son. It is cruel and inhumane and it must stop. Our faith demands it and our national values require it. We are better than this.”

Opposition to Ending the Iran Deal

On June 7, over 160 Catholic organizations from countries around the globe sent a statement to the U.S. Congress decrying U.S. President Trump’s decision to end U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated in 2015 during the Obama administration. The so-called “Iran deal” is an agreement on the nuclear program of Iran negotiated by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States) with Germany, the European Union, and Iran. Pax Christi International, representing a global network of over 120 member organizations in over 50 countries, helped to organize and craft the attached statement of which we are signers. Read the attached statement.

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:

  • End US military, economic, and political interventions in the Americas.
  • Demilitarize the borders.
  • Eliminate systems that criminalize and kill migrants.
  • Respect, support and treat with dignity and justice those most vulnerable especially those who are poor.

Please join us in prayer.

Ongoing Efforts

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Franciscan Action Network

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LCWR’s Immigration Coalition

Our congregation recently signed LCWR’s Immigration Coalition’s “Appeal to the Catholic Church to Recommit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence.”  To learn more about the appeal and to sign the endorsement, click here.

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Franciscan Action Network

Transforming the world in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare. Read more >>


LCWR’s Immigration Coalition

Our congregation recently signed LCWR’s Immigration Coalition’s “Appeal to the Catholic Church to Recommit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence.”  To learn more about the appeal and to sign the endorsement, click here.