The mission of the Social Justice Ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Rochester is to raise awareness and deepen understanding of issues of injustice toward our neighbor and our earth. From this awareness our goal is to engage the Congregation in actions of justice and peace.
Judeo-Christian tradition, Catholic social teaching and our SSJ Charism calls us to act with others:
• to promote nonviolence
• to alleviate poverty and oppression
• to protect and renew the environment.
"Just Us"...News and Notes from the SSJ Justice and Peace Office
In this week’s Just Us:
- Click here for the latest issue
- Our Great Lakes Commons-Sierra Club Conference
- Human Trafficking Awareness
- May 10-16 Not My Life poster click here
- Saturday May 18 End Human Trafficking Workshop
- Tuesday May 28 -National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Local Nuns on the Bus Trip Focuses on Poverty in Rochester:
This image, created by artist Virginia Sullivan, is being used throughout our campaign to focus the issue. Ms. Sullivan is a member of the SSJ Justice and Peace committee as well as an SSJ Associate.
SSJ Public Statement on Human Trafficking
We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, whose mission is one of unity and reconciliation, corporately proclaim our opposition to Human Trafficking in all its forms, which demeans human beings and keeps them from achieving their potential. We commit ourselves to:
a) Continue to educate ourselves about this issue
b) Raise public awareness of the enormity of the problem
c) Collaborate with others in addressing the root causes and
d) Work with and support those who advocate and minister directly to its victims.
Human Trafficking Coalition
In December of 2012 the Sisters of St. Joseph voted to commit themselves to working for an end to human trafficking. As a major component of that commitment representatives from a number of faith based groups and human service agencies were convened by Sister Phyllis Tierney, Coordinator of the Congregations’s work for Justice and Peace. A group met at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse on April 4. The group’s focus will be to share the expertise and resources available in our community, to support one another, and to expand our outreach through community education and action. Membership is open to organizations and individuals. Rabbi Amy Sapowith has agreed to chair the Coalition.Interesting Links:
- Human Rights Watch Sexual Violence vs.Women Farmworkers
- NYS Office of Children & Family Services
- Bakhita Initiative bakhitainitiative.com/
SSJ Public Statement on Immigration
In full harmony with the Gospel proclamation “that all may be one” and the charism of the sisters of St. Joseph to unite neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God, we the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
• We support immigrants in their wish to come to the United States and work.
• We support suspension of the current emphasis on punitive action against undocumented workers and their families.
• We support the right of laborers to receive a just wage and to be treated with dignity and respect
Link to Impending Legislation on Immigration:
Click here for Summary of Senate Bill
Click here for Revised Outline of Immigration Bill
Go Green Efforts! Here are some of the issues the office is currently following:• Promote ban on hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale in NYS Click Here for Quick Facts on Hydraulic Fracturing
Religious Coalition for the Great Lakes:
- Click here for background sheet: Preserving Our Lakes as a Gift from God
- Click here to read Our Great Lakes Commons by Maude Barlow
Rio + 20 UN Conference
Twenty-one Sisters of St. Joseph representing Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Peru and the United States attended the Rio+20 conference sponsored by the United Nations. This conference evaluated the progress made over the 20 years ago since the first historic global plan to address climate change occurred in Rio.
Sister Maureen Finn shares Her Personal Experience of the Rio +20 Conference in June 2012 CLICK HERE
- Contact the SSJ Justice and Peace Office
Coordinator, Sister Phyllis Tierney, SSJ may be reached at email@example.com or 585.641.8180