Sisters of St. Francis
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Sisters of St. Francis
P.O. Box 100
22143 Main Street
Oldenburg, IN 47036

Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation

“There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried, said St. Oscar Romero.”

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office is a ministry of the Sisters of St.Francis. Because we live in a world ripped apart by many divisions there is a critically urgent need for all of us to be educated on issues. Then the need follows  foeach of us to step forward together taking action with and on behalf of those whose voices are ignored and marginalized. We are called to be prayerful and prophetic; we are called to stand up with all of our sisters and brothers/all of creation.

May each of us cry, see, pray and actively participate in bringing about the reality of Jesus’ gospel message – a message that resonates with all major religions.

Noella Poinsette, osf
Director of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
P.O.Box 100
Oldenburg, IN 47036

npoinsette@oldenburgosf.com

812-933-6409

 

Sisters of St. Francis
Contact Us
812-934-2475
Mailing Address:
Sisters of St. Francis
P.O. Box 100
22143 Main Street
Oldenburg, IN 47036

Commemoration of a Modern Day Martyr

This week, we commemorate the death of Sr. Dorothy Stang, “Martyr of the Amazon.”Sr. Dorothy was born in the United States, and a Sister of Notre Dame De Namer.  She moved to live with the poor in rural Brazil. There, she witnessed first-hand ranchers and loggers exploiting farmers and indigenous people, stealing land, cutting down forests, and mur… [ Read More ]

Prayer to End Human Trafficking

The plight of more people than we want to admit is often in the hands of others with no sense of the value of human beings and their innate freedom to determine their own fates.  With the feast of  St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of kidnapped and trafficked persons, we offer a prayer service and readings to use as you will to bring the evil… [ Read More ]

Why People Immigrate

With all we’ve heard about immigration in the past months the reasons people immigrate from Central America are often lost in the turmoil of the rest of the news.  Here you will find information on why people flee to the United States from Honduras, Guatemala and Salvador as well as the state of those countries at the present time.  Take a moment t… [ Read More ]

Ten Reasons to Feel Hopeful About Climate Change in 2019

The Sierra Club has an article on the ten reasons to feel hopeful about climate change in 2019.  We invite you to read and reflect on these thoughts hoping they will encourage you to act in your part of the world.  Learn more at https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/10-reasons-feel-hopeful-about-climate-change-2019/.  Investigate other topics of intere… [ Read More ]

Climate Justice Moves Forward Slowly

The question to ask—did COP24 in Katowice, Poland, advance climate justice?  Yes and no!  Negotiators from over 190 counties agreed to keep the Paris agreement alive and completed most of the rules that countries would follow in reporting their pledges, but they were not able to heed scientists’ warning to step up efforts to cut greenhouse gas emis… [ Read More ]

Walking Toward Hope

With all the conflict and confusion over immigration these days it is important to remember that prayer can be helpful not only for people looking for safety, but for those working with them and those of us far from the borders of our country.  The Interfaith Immigration Coalition has prepared an Advent and Epiphany Devotional that you may find ins… [ Read More ]

Annual Gathering of IJPC in Cincinnati

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center of Cincinnati is sponsoring their annual gathering.  Following is an introduction to the keynote speaker. On November 15th, IJPC will host Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and leading voice for the human rights of immigrants. His keynote address will cap IJPC’s annual gathering. Du… [ Read More ]

Ten Ways to Fight Hate

Hate in America has become commonplace!  It is acted out by individuals and/or groups who feel they must kill or confront those who are not the same race, religion, disabled, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.  Bias is a human condition and American history is rife with prejudice.  When bias motivates an unlawful act, it is considered a… [ Read More ]

Season of Creation Week Three

The third week of Season of Creation reflects on the goodness and bounty of Mother Earth calling us to treasure the fruits, flowers and earth herself.  The reflection begins with the words of Laudato Si’ and reminds us to remember we are of earth. Laudato Si:  “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us… [ Read More ]

Season of Creation Week Two

This is the reflection for the second week of the Season of Creation coming from Laudato Si’.  Laudato Si:  So, what [we] all need is an “ecological conversion”,  whereby the effects of [our] encounter  with Jesus become  evident  in [our] relationship with the world around  [us]. Living our vocation to be protectors  of God’s handiwork  is essenti… [ Read More ]