Recent Statements

Sisters support the Build Back Better Act 

October 15, 2021

We invite you to take urgent action with us between now and October 31 to let our senators and representatives in the U.S. Congress know that we expect action on the Build Back Better Act. Learn more.

Help us protect voting rights 

September 15, 2021

The right to vote is foundational to our form of government. Voting allows citizens to have a say in decisions that affect our lives and to be fairly represented by officials who are responsive to our needs. Read more and take action.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet call for care of our dear neighbors in Afghanistan 

August 18, 2021

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are heartbroken by the recent events in Afghanistan. 

Like people around the world, we are watching the unfolding events there with great sadness. We are also challenged by Pope Francis in his address to the 6th International Forum on Migration and Peace: “We have a duty toward our brothers and sisters who, for various reasons, have been forced to leave their homeland: a duty of justice, of civility and of solidarity.” Read the full Statement here.

Province continues to speak out for peace and reform of policing 

The Province continues to seek ways of promoting peace and non-violence as affirmed in their 2019 Chapter Directions.  The CSJ Justice Commission recently affirmed their public support for a proposal for ending police-only responses to mental health crisis calls with the Mental Health Work Group of Communities United Against Police Brutality.   

Similarly, CSJ Province Leadership spoke recently at a press conference encouraging reform of policing measures in the 2021 Legislative Session. Our own Sr. Cathy Steffens spoke with Rev. Alfred Babington-Johnson, Imam Makram El-Amin and other community faith leaders and local business owners asking the Minnesota Legislature to support common sense reform of policing practices.  The official livestream of the press conference is posted on the Office of the Governor of Minnesota’s YouTube (note:  Sr. Cathy’s comments begin at 38:15 ).   

Province and Federation responses to the Chavin guilty verdict 

The results of the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd call us to pray for Mr. Floyd’s family as we mourn the events that bring us to this time and place. As we pray, we are also compelled to move our faith into action… read more.

The Federation’s statement can also be found at their website here. 

Province Statement on the Fatal Arrest of Daunte Wright  

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, raised our voices in prayer for justice and nonviolence with yet another shooting by police of Daunte Wright on April 11, 2021.   

Province Statement on Recent Violence 

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... read more. 

Calling for an end to gun violence 

The Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet recently re-released their statement “Calling for An End to Gun Violence” on March 18, 2021. 

Respecting the Sanctity of All Life: Reaffirming Our Opposition to the Death Penalty

With the continued and increased use of the death penalty, we the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are impelled to boldly oppose the use of the death penalty and end “the cycle of violence perpetuated by the death penalty.”[1] In this stance, we look to the way of mercy and forgiveness exemplified by Jesus’ own life, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and our CSJ charism. As a congregation of religious women of the great love of God, we value “respect for the sanctity of human life, the protection of human life,”[2] and the sanctity of all life. Read the full statement>>.

The Fatal Arrest of George Floyd

Sadness, frustration, fear, and anger are but a few of the disquieting emotions resulting from the egregious fatal arrest of George Floyd of Minneapolis.

 “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly,” wrote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We once again are feeling the pain that the use of violent force is wreaking. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, pray for the family of George Floyd, for all those struggling with his senseless death, the officers who must live with the results of their actions, and for the entire community. We are “caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,” again revealing systemic injustice causing indescribable suffering to all and disproportionately to our Black brothers and sisters. Read the full statement and see our CSJ Prayer for the Dear Neighbor.

Praying for peace and nonviolence in our world is how the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet begin 2020.  Faced with the United States’ targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani of Iran we remain committed to promoting peace and non-violence in every way we can. Read the full statement >>

We, with the rest of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Congregation, join the US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in calling the U.S. government to take decisive action to counteract climate change. Read the full statement >>

A call for civil and respectful discourse

We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and our partners assembled for our Congregational Chapter, make public our concern about the disturbing state of politics in the United States. We are appalled and saddened at the growing polarization, which is intensified by incivility, bigotry, racism, intolerance, and deception. Read the full statement >>

Immigration: Our Humanitarian Crisis

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year with an average 37,000 new displacements daily, the highest number in the United Nation Refugee Agency’s almost 70 years of operations. As Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, our hearts break as we watch, read and feel the shock waves of global suffering by all who are touched by these crises. Read the full statement >>

In the presence of constant and painful reminders of the deep roots of racism in our country, we, the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in committing to the critical work of creating communion, examining the root causes of injustice and our own complicity, and purging ourselves, our communities and our country of the sin of racism and its destructive effects. Read the full statement >>

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph has released a statement condemning the violence occurring in Nicaragua. You can find the statement below and online at: http://www.cssjfed.org/images/Pdfs/Nicaragua-Corporate-Voice-Statement.pdf

We will not stand for the discrimination of our Muslim ‘dear neighbors.’

The U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph has released a statement regarding the US Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban. In response, we ask you to consider taking action to express dismay over discrimination of our Muslim ‘dear neighbors.’ To read the full statement and learn more about how you can take action, visit: http://www.cssjfed.org/images/Pdfs/Federation-Statement-on-Travel-Ban.pdf

Let us Not… Be silent! Grow Complacent! Tire from being a witness of love and compassion in the world.

Even with the Administration’s current executive order changing the U.S. Government’s policy of ending “family separation” in immigrant detention, it is disturbing to know that our government has taken over 2,000 kids from their parents in the past few weeks of their “zero tolerance policy.” Hurting children to punish parents and to create a deterrent is immoral. Let us not be silent. Let us remember, now more than ever, who we are at our core. 

READ the US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Council statement at http://www.cssjfed.org/images/June-2018-Corporate-Voice-Statement.pdf

Building Bridges or Walls?

“Does our faith call us to build bridges or walls? Who do we call neighbor?” These challenging questions were the basis of a community reflection at a recent Peace Prayer hosted by the Justice Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs) in St. Paul, Minnesota (www.csjstpaul.org).

In the moving testimony of a local Twin Cities DACA youth we learned about lives lived with uncertainty and fear. With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program ending on March 5, 2018, the lives of DACA youth and their families hang in the balance.  The price for these youth is high. The price to our nation is beyond measure.

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Supporting Refugees and All Immigrants

January 16, 2018

We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, are deeply troubled and concerned at the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate the “temporary protective status” (TPS) of nearly 200,000 Salvadorans who have made a life here in the United States. This is yet another very disturbing action against immigrants and refugees after the Muslim and refugee bans; the dramatic increase in arrests and deportations; the rescinding of DACA protections for nearly 800,000 Dreamers; the termination of TPS for Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Sudanese people; and the dramatic decrease in refugee resettlement. 

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Past Statements

LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans

Justice Matters. This is going to hurt: the 2017 tax bill.

Commitment to Nonviolence

Response to the President’s Ending of the DACA program

CSJ Congregation responds to events in Charlottesville

LCWR Condemns Racism in All Forms

Reaffirming Our Solidarity with Native Peoples

LCWR Assembly urges dialogue with North Korea

Islamic Center Letter of Support

Community Statement on Philando Castile Verdict


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