DHS Corporate Stances Revisited   

Sisters Norma and Bonnie review   corporate stances and Relief for Dreamers Petition
Sisters Norma and Bonnie review corporate stances and Relief for Dreamers Petition

The recent celebration of the movement against human trafficking and the feast of St. Bakhita reminded us that several years ago our Province took a public stand denouncing human trafficking “in all its forms and wherever it exists”.

This occasion became the perfect springboard to review briefly and succintly the nature and history of corporate stances in our Province as we live out our Chapter Call “to work with those who seek to build a world through justice and love”. (DHS Chapter Orientation 2002)

Currently the US Province has corporate stances, that is, stances that allow the leadership to speak in the name of the Province when the need arises, on the following issues:

  • the closing of the School of the Americas (SOA) while a congressional or independent investigation of the School takes place.
  • the abolition of the death penalty
  • the opposition to torture and cruel and inhuman practices by anyone for any purpose
  • the opposition to human trafficking in all its forms and wherever it exists
  • the call for comprehensive immigration policy reform in the U.S.A.

In expressing themselves publicly on such issues as those mentioned above, the DHS have the opportunity to respond concretely “as women of peace and reconciliation to foster life and contribute with others to the hope of the world that is saved in Jesus Christ”. (DHS Chapter Orientation 2002) 

All Christians are called to follow the example of Christ Jesus who never hesitated to heal the sick, give sight to the blind and speak out against those persons and systems that  are hurtful to too many and that per se devalue human dignity. As the Provincial Team of Sisters Norma, Bonnie and Pat expressed so appropriately in 2009, “We may not be able to physically minister to the wounded....but a stroke of the pen that will allow us to speak out in force against trafficking (or other abusive activities) may save an innocent person.” 

Please feel free to contact us for more details about our Province’s Corporate Stances and to chat about your possible involvement in such movements in support of peace, justice and love for humankind and creation.  Contact person: Sr. Gertrude Lanouette, Provincial:  trudidhs@gmail.com  Information on the phone calls for Dreamers may be obtained from Sr. Bonnie Morrow at 860 928-0891 ext. 120.

« Let me stand up for what is right and good. May I defend the defenseless and help the helpless.  Show me, Spirit of God, how I can make a difference.”
cbs Valentine prayer 2018


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