The Congregation of the Sisters of the Living Word, at home in Arlington Heights now for 30 years, is a member of the National Leadership Conference for Women Religious. The following is the statement that over 30,000 Catholic women religious in the U.S. have pledged:
Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we commit ourselves to examine the root causes of injustice, particularly racism, and our own complicity as congregations, and to work to effect systemic change as we struggle to establish economic justice, abolish modern-day slavery, ensure immigrant rights, promote nonviolence, and protect Earth and its biosphere. We pledge prayer, education, and advocacy and commit to using our collective voice, resources, and power in collaboration with others to establish justice which reflects God’s abundant love and desire that all may have life. (LCWR Assembly Resolution)
Recently LCWR Issued a Public Statement Condemning the Killing of George Floyd
…”Our hearts are breaking as we mourn with the family and friends of George Floyd and with all who have lost loved ones to law enforcement violence, all who live in fear, all whose dignity is threatened. The continued killing of black men and women; the constant harassment of people of color; and the denial of the rights and dignity of our African American neighbors must end now.”
We, Sisters of the Living Word, pray that each of us can become allies with our black and brown brothers and sisters to walk with them into a new day as one.