The Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry supports the “Standing Against Racism” campaign led by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), to examine the root causes of racism, our own complicity and its destructive effects.
We join the LCWR in pledging to go “deeper into the critical work of creating communion addresses racism as a systemic, structural cause underlying and contributing to multiple injustices.” For more, visit https://standagainstracism.org/.
Through our actions, deeds, prayers and social media, we are working to raise awareness about the scourge of racism and the importance of standing together to confront its destructive effects on our communities and our country.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry, as a founding member of the Collaborative Center for Justice, supports efforts to serve as good stewards of the earth, which means protecting the Earth and its resources from degradation and exploitation. For more, visit https://ccfj.org.
Health Care and Affordable Housing
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry, as a member of the Collaborative Center for Justice, supports efforts to ensure that everyone has access to basic human needs, such as food, clean water, and safe housing. We join the Center in advocating for policies that strive to ensure access to these basic human needs and human rights for everyone. For more, visit https://ccfj.org.
Immigration and Migration
As Sisters of St. Joseph we vow to respond to the needs of our “dear neighbor.” As such, we support efforts by several organizations, the Collaborative Center for Justice (of which we are founding members), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration and the Jubilee House center of the House of Bread, one of our sponsored ministries, realizing that immigrants and migrants make our communities stronger and vibrant.
In keeping with our philosophy that “THAT ALL MAY BE ONE,” and with our mission to unite neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God, we support comprehensive immigration reform. We support: immigrants in their desire to come to the United States and work; keeping families together while they wait for entry; protecting Dreamers (DACA) from deportation; and treating immigrants with dignity and respect, and offering them a path to citizenship.
We are proud to point out that under the auspices of one of our sponsored ministries, the House of Bread, and its center called Jubilee House, provides English literacy and social integration services to low-income Hartford residents, especially immigrants and refugees, to prepare them for employment and help them achieve self-sufficiency, sustain independence and become active citizens.
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Safety (Gun Control and Human Trafficking)
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry are committed to the safety of all individuals, advocating for lives free from fear. We take strong stands against the modern-day slavery of men, women and children who are victims of human trafficking and against the epidemic of gun violence.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry join the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in its commitment to educating ourselves and others about the root causes, consequences and magnitude of human trafficking and slavery. We are committed to ministering to survivors of any form of human slavery and to use our strength as consumers and investors to promote a society that eliminates the incentives for human trafficking, which is the use of fraud, force or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
We encourage you to learn more about St. Josephine Bakhita, born in 1869, who become a Sudanese-Italian Canossian religious sister active in Italy for 45 years, after having been kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan.
She was treated brutally by her captors as she was sold and resold. She did not remember her name. Bakhita, meaning “fortunate one,” was a name given to her by her kidnappers. She was declared a saint in 2000 by the Catholic church and has been adopted as the patron saint of Sudan and human trafficking survivors. Her feast day is Feb. 8 every year.
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day also is observed every year on Jan. 11. For more information:
- Visit https://www.cssjfed.org/justice-peace/human-trafficking
- Read the monthly Stop Trafficking Newsletter
- Read more about UNANIMA: out of a reported 4 million people who are trafficked annually, 80% are women and girls trafficked annually, 80% are women and girls
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambéry advocate for pressing our legislative bodies to pass legislation that effectively prevents gun violence. We call for the passage of laws that ban assault weapons, require universal background checks for all gun sales, provide funding for gun violence prevention research, and makes the trafficking in weapons a federal crime.
The horror of mass shootings is devastating as are other acts of gun violence that persist day after day without media attention.
The deeper causes of violence must be addressed by us as a nation, and we must put our resources there immediately. Only by focusing on the multi-layered foundations of violence will we succeed in making our nation a safer and less fearful place for all. https://ccfj.org/justice-links/
A number of our Sisters minister as retreat and spiritual directors, offering accompaniment to people seeking to know God and how deepening one’s relationship with God through prayer and service fosters self-worth and commitment to others in our world.
Education and special needs
Several of our retired sisters tutor children and adults individually, offering their expertise as teachers, helping with reading, grammar, English as a Second Language, and more. In 1971, our sisters also founded, and provide oversight through Board membership, the Intensive Education Academy (IEA), a school for children with special needs, (https://www.ie-academy.org/). IEA, for students from kindergarten through 12th grade, celebrates its 50 anniversary in 2021. IEA's mission is to help each student reach their full potential, through a nurturing and individualized learning environment.