Spotlight on the WNPJ member group: Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry of CSA

The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore the Congregation of Saint Agnes' (CSA) distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.

 

History:

The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA),  like Catholic Women Religious throughout history, has responded to the needs of the times ever since their founding in 1858. Pursuing justice, working for peace and respecting Earth was just the way things were done.

In 1989, during her term as General Superior for the congregation, Sister Mary Christine Fellerhoff kept the sisters informed about peace and justice issues. Between 1989 and 1993, Jan Parker, then Coordinator of Associates, assisted Sister Mary Christine in formalizing the ministry of justice and peace. Sister Nieves de la Rosa became the full time coordinator in 1998 and continued until her untimely death on November 7, 2000.

Since then, the JPIC ministry has been fulfilled by Justice Coordinators:

  • Sister Stella Storch, OP: April 2001 – June 2013
  • Sister Sally Ann Brickner, OSF: September 2013 – July 2017
  • Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA: July 2017 - May 2021
  • Tracy Abler, CSA Associate: June 2021 - Present

Contact information:

Congregation of Sisters of St Agnes – Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Office

Contact Person: Tracy Abler

Address: 320 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI 54937
Phone: 920-907-2315       Fax: 920-921-8177

E-Mail: tabler@csasisters.org

Website: www.csasisters.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csasisters

 

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To learn more about this member group: 


*NEW* To access Justice, Peace, and Integrity  of Creation content on the CSA website, you will notice the new name of "Integral Ecology" (from Integrity of Creation) in the top navigation bar of all pages. Integral Ecology is a concept we hear often in Laudato Si'. It is an inclusive approach for us to consider when addressing the political, social, economic, humanitarian, and environmental concerns our world today.

Reminder, if you are a user of Facebook, please visit and like this page often: Laudato Si' Resource Materials. It has been created, and is administered by, Sister Dolores Lytle, Certified Laudato Si' Animator.  

The image above is a "CSA original," created by Mary Christopherson, Video and Digital Medial Specialist. Dusty Krikau and the CSA Mission Advancement Team have created a wonderful Laudato Si' Action Platform page with Goal updates being added soon. We are blessed by their God-given talents!

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The following Action Alerts and Upcoming Events were compiled by JPIC from work being done by other women religious groups and organizations...

Disaster Relief:

Catholic Charities USA is currently raising funds to help those Catholic Charities agencies impacted by the tornadoes. Donations may be made through their website https://www.catholiccharities.us/campaign/ccusa-disaster-relief/c353051

“We can confront these crises by retreating into isolationism, protectionism and exploitation. Or we can see in them a real chance for change, a genuine moment of conversion and not simply in a spiritual sense... everyone can play their own part in changing our collective response to the unprecedented threat of climate change and the degradation of our common home.”  - Pope Francis

 

Upcoming events:

 

January 12th , 3 pm Education Justice!

EXPLORING INTERSECTIONS - Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration and Climate is a collaborative project of LCWR Region 10. They invite us to their monthly programs on a social issue and explore how it intersects with racism, migration and climate in a thought-provoking and engaging conversation. 

Mark your calendar for January's session on EDUCATION JUSTICE - January 12 @ 3 pm. To register for this and/or upcoming conversations or to learn more, visit: https://exploringintersections.org/

If you missed the December session on Affordable Housing, you can find it and past episodes here: https://www.youtube.com/c/ExploringIntersections

 

Upcoming sessions in January and February: From the Margins to the Center:

Earlier this week, a Vatican official apologized to New Ways Ministry and LGBTQ Catholics for actions seen as limiting their participation in the Synod on Synodality. They have warmly accepted that apology. Now it is time for the next step to making LGBTQ voices heard.
 
New Ways Ministry is announcing two upcoming programs in early 2022 to help LGBTQ people and allies engage fully with the synodal process. Pope Francis has said he wants the widest participation possible.
 
In January, Dr. Brian Flanagan will lead a webinar, "Celebrating Synodality: Synod as a Spiritual Practice" to explore the liturgical and spiritual foundations of this process and how we can respond to Pope Francis' call for full and active participation. To register, CLICK HERE.
 
In February, Dr. Robert Choiniere will host two "LGBTQ Spiritual Conversations for the Synod." These small, prayer-grounded conversations will allow an encounter with one another and with the Spirit. The fruits of these conversations will be recorded and submitted to the Synod office. To register, CLICK HERE.
 
For a full (and growing) list of resources on the Synod related to LGBTQ issues, CLICK HERE.

 

 

February 8th, 8-9:30 am – Book Discussion!

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth invitation for a virtual book discussion and conversation with the author of Under the Sky We Make: How to be Human in a Warming World,
by Dr. Kimberly Nicholas. 

Dr. Nicholas is a sustainability scientist at Lund University in Sweden. In her research, she studies the connection between people, land, and climate, with the goal of stewarding ecosystems to support a good life for everyone while leaving a thriving planet for future generations. In her book Under the Sky We Make, Dr. Nicholas talks about what individuals can do about climate change in our daily lives.
REGISTER HERE. You will be sent a Zoom link upon registration and a reminder closer to the date.

You are encouraged to purchase the book at your local independent bookseller.  If that is not possible, you may also purchase it directly from the publisher or other retailers by clicking on this link:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/665274/under-the-sky-we-make-by-kimberly-nicholas-phd/.    
 
Please join for what promises to be a lively and informative conversation about how to live sustainably in today’s world.

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For more information contact:

Congregation of Sisters of St Agnes – Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Office

Contact Person: Tracy Abler

Address: 320 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI 54937
Phone: 920-907-2315       Fax: 920-921-8177

E-Mail: tabler@csasisters.org

Website: www.csasisters.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csasisters