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]

Prayers, Knowledge, Actions: Read Our Blog Posts

Immigrants in their journey

The Christians for Ceasefire collaboration, in which Mercy Justice Team, Franciscan Action Network, Pax Christi USA, and Maryknoll OGC, among others, are taking part, is calling for Lenten prayer and action for a cease-fire in Gaza.

Plastics in the Ocean

February 8 is the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, patroness of the victims of human trafficking. Injustice and peace circles, we talk a lot about intersectionality. You can’t talk about one issue without discussing others that intersect with it—for example, human trafficking and climate change.

A spoonfool of microplastics

Save the Date! In celebration of Earth Day 2024, the Plastics Advocacy committee of the Dorothy Stang Initiative will host Laudato Si’: Spirituality and Action on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Amiens. Registration is required. Earth Day 2024 theme is Planet vs Plastic! It fits right in with the work of the Dorothy Stang Initiative!

Plastics in the Ocean

February 8 is the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, patroness of the victims of human trafficking. Injustice and peace circles, we talk a lot about intersectionality. You can’t talk about one issue without discussing others that intersect with it—for example, human trafficking and climate change.

Plastics in the Ocean

February 2 through February 8 will be days of prayer and action against Human Trafficking in Rome and around the world. You can follow the events, download the 2024 prayer service, and see the prayer written by Pope Francis in 2015 on the International Day of Prayer website. Please consider working this service into your prayers starting February 2.

Redefining Sacred: stars in the galaxies as seen from a mountain

Join the Sisters of Charity’s Earth Connection for Recovering a Sense of the Sacred: Eco-spirituality for Our Times, Thursday, January 18 at 1:00 PM. Presented by Sr. Caroljean Willie, SC. Register


 

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

Cattle Ranching in Para, Brazil

Let us pray for an end to the waste and desecration of God's creation, For access to the fruits of creation to be shared equally among all people, And for communities and nations to find sustenance in the fruits of the earth and the water God has given us.

Meatless Monday

Have you heard of Meatless Mondays? It is a concept that was started in 2003 by Sid Lerner, the Founder of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

Sustainable Valentine with paper confetti

I think someone broke the calendar! Ash Wednesday on Valentine’s Day? How did we let that happen? We will have to enjoy our treats on Tuesday, I suppose. Wait! That fits in well. Tuesday is Mardi Gras.

Protect the rainforest with FOREST Act (Fostering Overseas Rule of Law and Environmentally Sound Trade) Act

God our Father, you created the world and sent your own Son to live among us, made of the same stuff, breathing the same air, marveling at sunrise and sunset just as we do. Help us to participate in the life around and within us as your life, as you living in us and we living in you and in each other.

Protect the rainforest with FOREST Act (Fostering Overseas Rule of Law and Environmentally Sound Trade) Act

Creator God, Out of chaos you brought order. Out of nothingness you brought life. In the middle of all life stands the tree. Trees provide the air that nurtures all your creation. Birds make them their homes. Cats climb them for protection. Trees recycle life that has come before. Bless the trees of this word, loving God. Remind us to serve as their caregivers and protectors. Give them long limbs and long life. The gift of their breath is as special to us as the breath of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Hands holding a gift wrapped in beige linen fabric on blue background

Living God, you call us to be good stewards of this earthly home, strengthen us to care for your creation; forgive us when, through our greed and indifference we abuse its beauty and damage its potential.

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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