As Catholic Sisters, Brothers and religious priests, we have chosen to live with those who are sick, dying or living in poverty. Our schools, hospitals and social services helped to build, shape and humanize American society by healing, educating and serving those in need regardless of ethnicity, religion, means or circumstance. Then and now, we strive to bring healing, hope and consolation in the face of sadness and despair.
We are deeply concerned by the fractures and divisions seen so clearly during this past election season which continue to threaten the well-being and inclusion of all Americans and those who have fled in fear to our shores and borders. America is at its best when its diverse people come together to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles with ingenuity and creativity even going so far as to courageously risk their lives to transform conflict into peace.
We stand ready to collaborate with the new administration when it promotes the common good through its policies, practices and people. Together, we have the opportunity to advocate for and build a just, merciful and humane society worthy of the dignity of all. Jesus Christ’s Gospel of love is the charter that moves us to action.
As always, we remember our President, the people of the United States and the world in prayer.
Sister Beatrice Eichten, OSF, Community Minister
Sister Michaela Hedican, OSB, Prioress
Fr. Kermit Holl, OSC, Prior
Abbot John Klassen, OSB