Our work in advocating peace, justice and care of creation is rooted in the Gospel, our mission and our values. Our efforts focus on the most poor and vulnerable, whether they are a neighbor in Erie County or somewhere else in the world.

We believe that by working in partnership with our agregees, associates, colleagues, friends and other collaborators, we can make the greatest impact on peace and social justice. We coordinate a number of channels for advocacy including letter-writing campaigns, special prayer services, petitions, public forums, face-to-face meetings with public officials, and networking groups such as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

 

 

SSJs represented in human trafficking discussion

Erie News Now recently ran a feature story about human trafficking in the local Erie area. The work that our JPIC team (Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation) has done in generating awareness on this issue and in getting signage improvements … Read More

Eternal Life – A Shared Experience of Awe

Living a Responsible Lent – Caring for our Common Home – Week 6 “Eternal Life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place and have something to give to those … Read More

Duty to Care for Creation Through Little Daily Actions

Living a Responsible Lent – Caring for our Common Home – Week 5 “There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in … Read More

A Plastic Ocean – Film Screening

The Sisters of St. Joseph Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation Team is sponsoring a screening of the film, A Plastic Ocean, on the Big Green Screen at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive in Erie on Saturday, April … Read More

The World is a Gift We Leave to Future Generations

Living a Responsible Lent – Caring for our Common Home – Week 4 “Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is … Read More

Be Free From Obsession With Consumption

Living a Responsible Lent – Caring for our Common Home – Week 3 “Christian spirituality … encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption.”  Pope Francis – Laudato Si 222 Pope … Read More

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, “modern day slavery,” is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world — including the United States. Trafficking victims have been identified in city, suburban and rural neighborhoods in all 50 states.

Locally, we work closely with the Crime Victim Center of Erie in the fight against human trafficking. If you are interested in helping, click here.

Hunger and Poverty

We address hunger locally and abroad. Our community gardens provide fresh produce for local food banks and soup kitchens. Through letter-writing and education sessions, our Sisters also collaborate with the local Bread for the World to help address the human right of food security.

Immigration Reform

We call for immigration reform that treats all people with dignity and respect, keeps families intact, and provides a direct pathway to citizenship.

Climate Change/Environment

We acknowledge the reality of climate change and the urgency of addressing this issue for the sake of the whole Earth community.

Death Penalty

We reverence the life and dignity of every person and we oppose the death penalty. We urge support and compassion for the victims of violence and restorative justice for the offenders.

Women and Children’s Rights
Violence

Our work reaches far beyond our local neighborhood. We join with thousands of Sisters, Agregees and Associates to proclaim a vision of unity in response to situations and conditions which threaten our global community.

 

UNNGO

The Congregations of Sisters of St. Joseph are recognized as an NGO (non-governmental organization) of the United Nations. This allows us to bring the voices and experiences of SSJ congregations from around the world into policy discussions at the United Nations.

With our presence at the UN, we are eager to:

  • promote the wisdom of all cultures and traditions
  • be a locus of learning and teaching dedicated to preparing ourselves and others to think and act as global citizens
  • be active participants in global systems change initiatives
  • take an active role in preserving and using mother earth’s resources through sustainable development to enhance the neighborhood of the universe.
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