Advocacy2020-06-11T08:48:57-05:00

Advocacy

A Call to Action

Human Trafficking

In the spirit of our beloved Foundress Blessed Mary Angela, we serve as instruments of justice and peace, working on behalf of all God’s people who are victims of injustice and violence today. The work of justice and peace is integral to who we are and inherent in our charismvision, and mission. We stand with and advocate for those without a voice in our society—the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed, and the vulnerable—to help restore the human dignity and rights of all God’s people.

We invite you to learn about these issues and partner with us in taking action to promote justice and peace.

From  Stop Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a crime that forcefully exploits women, men, and children. According to the United Nations, human trafficking affects every country in the world, but it’s not talked about enough.

St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of human trafficking survivors

On February 8th, the global Catholic community commemorates the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhitapatron saint of survivors of human trafficking, by joining together in prayer and awareness against human trafficking. We encourage you to join or host a prayer service on or around this day in solidarity with people all around the world who are impacted by the evils of human trafficking and are working to eradicate this form of modern day slavery. You can find prayer resources HERE and see current events being held by members of US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking HERE.

We encourage you to share your prayers and participation on social media using the hashtag: #PrayAgainstTrafficking.

Pope Francis’ Prayer Message for February 2020

Pope Francis on Thursday released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for February, which this month is “Hear the cries of migrants.”

In his prayer intention for the month of February 2020, Pope Francis calls the entire world to hear the cries of migrants, many of whom are victims of criminal human trafficking.

It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month.

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Access to Clean Water

In the spirit of our beloved Foundress Blessed Mary Angela, we serve as instruments of justice and peace, working on behalf of all God’s people around the world who do not have access to clean water. The work of justice and peace is integral to who we are and inherent in our charismvision, and mission. We stand with and advocate for those without a voice in our society—the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed, and the vulnerable—to help restore the human dignity and rights of all God’s people.

The United Nations General Assembly voted in 2010 to recognize “the right to safe and clean drinking water as a human right.”

From the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC)

We pray for the 663 million people who lack access to safe water.

Plant our hearts near streams of compassion.

We pray for the women and children who spend hours each day walking to collect water.

Plant our hearts near streams of compassion.

We pray for the 800,000 deaths per year attributable to unsafe water supply, poor sanitation and hygiene.

Plant our hearts near streams of compassion.

We pray for a reduction in the 38 billion plastic water bottles that end up in landfills every year.

Plant our hearts near streams of compassion.

We pray for greater accountability and transparency when public water systems are threatened.

Plant our hearts near streams of compassion.

Good and gracious God, we pray for humility to see all the ways we take water for granted. Send Your Spirit to change the hearts of those who use water to create strife and conflict. Have mercy on those who are sick or in need because they cannot access safe water. We are thankful for Your gift of water seen in the beauty of waterfalls, placid lakes, rivers that move people and commerce, oceans full of amazing creatures. Give us guidance on how to be better stewards of a finite resource. We ask all of this in Your name. Amen.

From Catholic Health Association

Pope Francis says, water provides for “the balance of ecosystems and human survival, and it is necessary to manage it and take care of it so that it is not contaminated or lost.” – Message sent to Professor José Graziano da Silva, director general of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization on March 22, 2019, World Water Day.