El ‘niño costero’ in Peru exposed the precarious conditions in which millions of Peruvians live. As the Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, we witnessed the mudslides and floods uncovering the lack of basic services and poor land management that affect our people in many parts of the country.
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
On Saturday, April 8, 2017 hundreds of people gathered at the campus of St. Louis University to stand and march in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee neighbors. This Solidarity March and Mass at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica was sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and co-sponsored by a number of other religious congregations including the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Present at the march representing the Congregation was Sr. Anne Marie Burke, Sr. Pilar Neira, and Jennifer Reyes Lay.
“We are the cause of climate change. We are the solution.”
Sister Ivonne visited the Valle Progreso Area, the place where the Congregation offered immediate relief and support in the hour of Emergency. Sister Yvonne met with some of the families to listen and share words of encouragement and hope with each of them.
Pope Francis in his message to the whole world, Laudato Si, challenged us to take scientific findings about climate change and global warming seriously, but he noted that spirituality is needed as much as science. He wrote, “’Praise be to you, my Lord’. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.
Little lives are being transformed daily at the Promised Land Preschool in Peru. read more…
By Precious Muskini, beneficiary of the Urban Clinic in Mongú Zambia.
Carmelita, as we call her, is a very significant woman for many Peruvian Sisters and the people of Peru. Her testimony – in these lines – delves into spirituality and her commitment to non-violence: a way of dealing with systemic violence, inequalities and injustices. read more…
Selene Mitchell, our Incarnate Word Missionary in Peru, lives Laudato Si by supporting the efforts of the local coalition ‘Chimbote de Pie’. This is a group of wonderful and brave people, who our JPIC Office met during our first community conversation of Laudato Si in Chimbote, Peru.
By Martha A. Kirk.