The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, condemn all forms of violence, whether rooted in hate, ideology or discrimination. We are deeply appalled and overwhelmingly heartbroken that our country has witnessed seven mass shootings in seven days.
We grieve not only with our neighbors in Boulder, CO, and Atlanta, GA, but also with our neighbors in Stockton, CA; Gresham, OR, Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; and Philadelphia, PA. We mourn with and pray for those who have lost loved ones or have been injured due to acts of violence, those who live in fear, and those whose dignity has been diminished.
As the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, we are committed to working individually and collectively to better understand our own complicity. We support with our action, the recent statement by the St. Catherine University, that says, “Violence aimed at persons of Asian descent is unacceptable and must end. In order to end the violence, everyone must do their part. In many cases, we are unwitting supporters of the systems that contain tragic shortcomings when it comes to treating each of us as equals. We must change this, starting with ourselves. Recognize, call out and stand against instances of terrorism, racist violence, hate crimes, and acts of white supremacy wherever you see them.”
March 27th, 2021