Missioned to embody in our world the love of our good and provident God
Catholic Social Teaching and the Sisters of Notre Dame: Every apostolic religious congregation has a charism, a gift from the Holy Spirit that reveals a particular understanding of who God is. For the Sisters of Notre Dame it is an experience of the goodness and provident care of God. The charism of each religious congregation is a prophetic sign of the social teaching of the Church. The current language and model: Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC).
The Toledo Province of the Sisters of Notre Dame presently have the following areas of JPIC focus:
Corporate Stance regarding Human Trafficking: In keeping with our position of nonviolence and respecting the inherent dignity of each person, as a community, we corporately stand in support of human rights by explicitly opposing the trafficking of women and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation and forced labor or any other reason.
Corporate Stance regarding Comprehensive Immigration Reform: The Sisters of Notre Dame, Toledo Province, have had a long standing commitment to serving migrant farm workers and have ministered to migrant families in Northwest Ohio since the 1960s.
Because of our work in the migrant community and given the recent nationwide discussion about immigration, we feel that it is important to make our stance on immigration known.
We call on our United States government to implement Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We understand Comprehensive Immigration Reform to include:
1. Legalization of persons having a history of work in the United States
2. Pathway to citizenship
3. Protection for workers (citizens, residents, and newcomers)
4. Reunification of families by adjusting the current visa system
5. Restoration of national security
The U.S. and Mexican Catholic Bishops’ document Strangers No Longer clearly articulates the values behind this stand.
Care for creation & commitment to global transformation:
Weekly our Sisters learn about and embrace new ideas in which they can personally make choices that are mindful of Mother Earth.
We also sponsor programs which increase awareness of global consciousness:
The Cosmic Christ: Bridging Faith and Science, a thoughtful discussion with Ilia Delio exploring what it means to be a person of faith in today’s world.
And, A Day with John Haught, learning more about science and religion and the best of contemporary theology to better understand the sometimes tense and controversial relationship between the two.
Sisters of Notre Dame working at the UN since 2007
The Sisters of Notre Dame began collaborative work with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to establish a Sisters of Notre Dame presence as a non-government organization (NGO) to work at the United Nations in January, 2007.
NGOs attempt to influence the United Nations by acting as advocates for the poor and disenfranchised especially in developing countries. Religious women are especially well suited to be NGOs because of their education, their networking ability, and especially their devotion to people through their charisms.