The Office of Justice, Peace and Care for Creation

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur were founded to serve people in poverty in the most abandoned places. We believe many aspects of today's society contribute to keeping people poor. We work to change these oppressive structures and to help people gain what each has a right to - food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education.

Although we work on many local, regional and national social issues, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from the Ohio Province have three concerns that are of the utmost importance to us: immigration, anti-racism, and care for creation. We invite you to work with us. Please contact Teresa Phillips, Director of Office of Justice, Peace and Care for Creation, at [email protected].

 

 

 

 

Teresa Phillips
Director of the Office of Justice,
Peace and Care for Creation
[email protected]

Special Campaign: Catholic Sisters Against Gun Violence

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Ohio Province is among eight regional Catholic religious congregations that are sponsoring a billboard urging an end to gun violence. Our message of promoting peace and valuing human life aligns with the core principles of many faiths. By raising awareness and providing concrete steps for action, we're empowering each person to contribute to creating safer communities. JOIN US. 

Prayers, Knowledge, Actions: Read Our Blog Posts

Fossil Fuel Industry

Reflect on Memorial Day with Mary Cummins Wlodarski’s poignant message about honoring the dead and valuing the living. Stay informed and take action on critical issues like green energy subsidies and protecting Indigenous lands. Join us in working for peace, justice, and a sustainable future.

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The Franciscan Action Network’s newsletter this week focuses on the Feast of the Ascension and the question, “What is ours to do?”

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Earth Day is Monday, April 22. Remember, this year’s theme is Planet Vs Plastic. Very appropriate to what we are focusing on as the Ohio Province. I hope you will pray this week for the opening of hearts and minds to the need to care better for our beautiful planet.

Thank you for your prayers yesterday for the Catholics at the Capitol Day. I have attached the information the Catholics who represented us gave to our Ohio legislators. I hope you will pray this week for those legislators to take to heart the issues discussed and to open their hearts to the wisdom of the Spirit.

On April 9, the Catholic Conference of Ohio will host the annual Catholics at the Capitol. Catholics from around the state will gather in Columbus to pray and to meet with state senators and assembly members to present a Catholic take on the issues faced by our society today

On Good Friday, the annual Way of the Cross Way of Justice will be held downtown at Smale Park along the river. Prayer will begin at noon, and the Paddle Wheel and walk will end at the Esplanade ½ miles away. There will be five stops for prayer connecting the suffering of today to the suffering of Jesus on the way to the cross.


 

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Ohio Province has responded to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ Action Platform by creating the Dorothy Stang Initiative for Laudato Si’ Action. While in the process of gathering data from sisters, associates, staff, donors and others in our circle, we were reminded that all steps we take are important - both big and small. We therefore introduce Your Little Bit of Good, a short weekly one-pager that focuses on some aspect of the environment. It is an attempt to bring forward small things we can do.

Teresa Phillips
Director of Justice, Peace and Care for Creation

Laudato Si' Week 2024

Laudato Si’ Week begins on Pentecost Sunday, May 19. The 2024 theme is “Seeds of Hope.” Hope in the light of the climate crisis and the health of our planet is often hard to come by. There seems no end to the battlefronts. Sometimes it is overwhelming. But when I think of the act of planting seeds, it seems to be achievable.

Laudato Si' Week 2024

Laudato Si’ Week begins on Pentecost Sunday, May 19. The 2024 theme is “Seeds of Hope.” Hope in the light of the climate crisis and the health of our planet is often hard to come by. In fact, that’s one of the reasons you haven’t seen a YLBG since Easter. There seems no end to the battlefronts. Sometimes it is overwhelming. But when I think of the act of planting seeds, it seems to be achievable.

Plan-based food

In this edition of our Lenten YLBG series on how our food choices affect our health and the health of the planet, we will focus on animal consumption, food waste, and the effects on the environment.

Spring is a metaphor for change

In this edition of our Lenten YLBG series on how our food choices affect our health and the health of the planet, we will focus on animal consumption, food waste, and the effects on the environment.

Plant-Based Food

In this edition of our Lenten YLBG series on how our food choices affect our health and the planet's health, we will focus on animal consumption and our health.

Animal Agriculture in the US: Photo of cows in cages eating hay

In this edition of our Lenten YLBG series on how our food choices affect our health and the health of the planet, we will focus on animal agriculture and water use.

With you, we change lives

With the support of generous friends like you, we are able to continue our mission of educating and taking a stand with those in poverty— especially women and children.

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