DIRECTION STATEMENT OF
THE SISTERS OF CHARITY OF SAINT ELIZABETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019
We, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, with deep faith and trust in Divine Providence, seek healing for our world through the transforming love of God. Impelled by Boundless Charity, we strive to collaborate with others to promote right relationships and the common good of all people and creation. Energized by the fire of Charity, we, as bearers of hope, accompany people in need while advocating for systemic change.
We commit ourselves to the conversion and transformation necessary to make God’s love known in the world. As a Congregation we challenge ourselves to sustain the mission by:
Acting with conscious awareness of our interdependence with one another and all creation.
Practicing consistent advocacy for human rights, right relationships, peace and nonviolence.
Embracing a simple lifestyle and a responsible stewardship of our resources.
Engaging current and future generations in the charism and energy of Charity.
2019 General Assembly
June 30, 2019
The Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ, join with people of good will across the world as we witness with horror and disbelief at the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine, the bitter fruit of Russian military aggression. In the course of a few weeks: lives and homes destroyed; millions more people added to the world refugee population; half of the children in Ukraine displaced; the specter of nuclear war; ecological devastation.
We dedicate our prayer and join our voices to the conviction of Pope Francis, “Wars are always unjust since it is the people of God who pay.” We urge an immediate cessation of violence, intensified diplomatic efforts, a cessation of the global arms trade that foments violent conflict.
We are moved that even in the midst of this unspeakable tragedy, there are signs of hope: the welcome of millions of refugees by European countries, the acts of civil resistance by the Ukrainian people; the risks of the thousands of Russians who publicly protest their government’s military aggression; the world citizens who are providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
As we enter more deeply into the season of Lent, we contemplate the cross of Jesus, himself the victim of a colonizing empire. In Jesus, God pledged solidarity with victims of violence. We pledge the same solidarity and join with others to find ways to express it concretely.