The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and the Social Justice Executive Committee are currently focusing on the following issues. To gain some perspective on the focus areas, please use these resources for more information and education.
Prayer service/reflection on human trafficking
Stop Trafficking is an anti-trafficking newsletter focused on awareness, advocacy and action. The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth are one of the sponsors of the website and the newsletter.
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Since 2000, the Sisters of Charity have been collaborating with the nonprofit organization, Veronica's Voice, located in Kansas City, Kansas. The mission of Veronica's Voice is to end commercial sexual exploitation in the United States. The latest effort along with emergency intervention includes starting a home for women in recovery, who are attempting to escape this oppressive lifestyle.
Magdalene KC is the latest project undertaken by Veronica's Voice. This includes the purchase of a home that is being renovated to accommodate 5 women for up to 2 years.
Program considerations and planning include new job skill training, counseling, GED or vocational training, addiction counseling and courage-building experiences to help re-entry into society that is successful, healthy and whole. Please consider joining us in these efforts. To learn more, visit Veronica's Voice website.
The sisters are involved in everything from remodeling the home, to seeking collaborative agencies to fund raising.
In May 2011, after study and discussion, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth took a community stance in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Read the SCL Immigration Stance.
You can join us in advocating for immigration reform. You can take action and learn more on these websites:
Justice for Immigrants, website of the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), has up-to-date info and opportunities for advocacy with members of Congress.
CLINIC -- Catholic Legal Immigration Network
NETWORK -- Catholic Social Justice Lobby
CARE OF CREATION
One of our SCL Chapter Actions focuses on care of the earth. It reads:
We will educate ourselves and others in the theology and sacredness of creation.
We will make ecological concerns a key factor in decisions as individuals and local houses.
As a community we will advocate for nuclear disarmament.
A Care of Creation Committee, composed of SCLs and Associates, has established a special website for education and advocacy:
Care of Creation website
Address delivered to the UN Climate Change Summit in New York
by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin
We strive to advocate and educate for nuclear disarmament in the United States and the world. Learn more about peace efforts we support at
National Catholic Peace Movement (Pax Christi) and the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).
SCL WATER FILTER PROJECT
The S(safe)C(clean)L(life-giving) Water Filter Project started in 2012 to provide Sawyer water filters for SCL Sisters doing mission work in Peru and South Sudan. Initially the Sisters in the mission fields used a limited number of filters. As they saw their effectiveness in providing clean water, a fund raising campaign took place from November 2012 to January 2013. The SCL Community, individual Sisters, Associates and friends responded generously. A grant was also received to provide additional funds.
In 2013 we sent water filters to Peru and South Sudan. Two resources are being used, the Sawyer company in Florida which makes the filters and Water With Blessings for specific community projects. The specific filter being used is the Sawyer PointZero TWO water filter.
Women in Peru with Water With Blessings filters and buckets.
The goal is to continue to respond to the need for clean water with an emphasis on the mission areas in which the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth have an active role or presence.
During 2015, 60 water filter kits were sent to Sister Pat Johannsen in South Sudan. After receiving instruction from S. Pat on the importance of drinking filtered water, each student received one of the kits that is shared with his/her family. Sister Clorinda Timana Martinez took 10 water filter kits to share with families in northern Peru. Sister Elena Mack shared eight water filter kits with families living in southern Peru.
In 1989 the SCL Community took an official stance against capital punishment. It says:
“We, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, as a community, oppose the use of capital punishment and pledge ourselves to support efforts to abolish the death penalty.”
Today we are still working to stop the death penalty in states where Sisters and Associates reside including Kansas, Montana and Colorado.
To learn more visit these advocacy sites:
Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Montana Abolition Coalition
Coloradans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Catholic Mobilizing Network
USCCB: comprehensive compilation of Catholic teaching, news releases and links to action
Death Penalty Information Center: The Death Penalty Information Center is a non-profit organization serving the public and the media with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment.
Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation: Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR) is a national organization of family members of victims of both homicide and executions who oppose the death penalty in all cases.
Have you heard of the 15th Century Papal Bulls or the Doctrine of Discovery?
Thirteen religious groups, including the SCL Council, sent a letter to Pope Francis in the fall of 2013 asking him to rescind the Papal Bulls of the 15th Century. These Bulls were known as the Doctrine of Discovery. This doctrine justified violence against the indigenous people of North America by allowing Spain and Portugal to take unclaimed lands and capture and enslave non-Christians. Title to newly discovered lands lay with the monarchs whose subjects discovered the new territory.
More information can be found at www.doctrineofdiscovery.org and
www.franciscansforjustice.org (put Papal Bulls in the site’s search box)