Franciscan Sisters respond to recent acts of violence

Following the recent violent deaths of equally innocent police officers and African-American men, the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls joined in a statement previously made by Franciscan Action Network, a network of Franciscan congregations engaged in social justice actions. As followers of Jesus Christ and St. Francis and St. Clare, we Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota know that violence is never the answer.

“We are horrified by the shooting of five police officers in Dallas, and the fact that someone took advantage of a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest to cause chaos and violence.


We are horrified by the shootings of Alton Sterling and ‎Philando Castile by police in Baton Rouge, LA and just outside St. Paul Minnesota.

We deplore violence in all its forms. Our patron, St. Francis of Assisi, who followed in the footprints of Jesus, commanded his followers not to bear arms and to greet others with “Peace and All Good.”

Violence is not the solution to violence. We hold in prayer all these victims of senseless violence and their loved ones.

But now we must do more than pray.

As Catholics and people of faith who support a culture of life it's important for us to stand up and speak out against these acts of violence.

We must demand more transparency and training for our law enforcement, in order to ensure that people of color are not killed by police for just being pulled over, having a broken taillight, or for selling CDs in front of a store.

We must demand expanded comprehensive background checks and a ban on high capacity weapons and magazines.


We must once again start seeing each other as children of God, all created in God’s image.”

We invite you to urge your members of Congress to do something about these acts of violence. Urge your state legislators to act to eliminate differences in treatment based on race. Then, pray.



Comment as Anonymous change
Wednesday, Jul 13, 201610:20 pm
Thank you; let's follow the golden rule always.
Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 7:11 pm
Well stated!!!!
Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016 5:04 pm
Tuesday, Jul 12, 201610:36 am
Love the diversity, Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.

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The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, is a community of Catholic women religious who follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ, walking in the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. We believe that the living of a poor, simple and prayerful community life is a ministry of presence and witness. Our doors are open to the public to celebrate Mass in Sacred Heart Chapel and to benefit from the St. Francis Music Center and St. Francis Health & Recreation Center. We welcome those who wish to join us as sisters, associates, volunteers, transfer sisters, friends and donors.


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