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You are invited to share in the Sisters of Providence quest for peace and justice. We have a mission of being God’s Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God’s people. Through Congregational decisions, individual ministry and within our own spiritual lives, we continue to strive for peace and justice. Won’t you join us?

If you would like to know more information about our justice endeavors, please contact our Justice Promoter, Sister Barbara Battista at BBattista@spsmw.org.

“Yes above all things; justice, justice. If any preference may be shown let it be to the poorest or most abandoned.”

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

We strive to live out these words for the good of all of God’s people and you can too. Please join us in supporting these justice issues.

Climate Change

Why is this important?

In his encyclical letter, Laudato Si, Pope Francis addresses the importance of the care of our common home.” He appeals to the Church, “Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. Particular appreciations is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest. Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded. I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet …”

At the end, he says, “In the meantime, we come together to take charge of this home which has been entrusted to us, knowing that all the good which exists here will be taken up into the heavenly feast. In union with all creatures, we journey through this land seeking God …”

“As women religious whose mission and legacy it is to honor Divine Providence and to further God’s loving plans by devoting ourselves to works of love, mercy and justice in service among God’s people, we (the Sisters of Providence) have come to see that mission as extending to interrelationships with all of creation within the entire web of life.” – SP Land Ethic, 2013.

During our 2016 General Chapter, in collaboration with our Providence Associates, we chose environmental justice as an important issue.

Wish to join us? Learn more and pledge with us to reduce carbon emissions!

The Global Catholic Climate Movement has offered a Lenten Reflection for this year, “Repenting of Ecological Sin and Cultivating Ecological Virtues.” Here is a link to the resource.

Human Trafficking

Why is this important

You can partner with us to help end human trafficking. We seek to end this criminal and highly profitable assault on human dignity that especially, but not exclusively, impacts women and children. In collaboration with other organizations, we continue education and advocacy, especially through our investments and choice of hotels with which we do business.

Read our recent statement regarding the death penalty.

Justice Focus: Racial Equality and Equity

Why is this important?

We, the Providence Community, choose racial equality and equity as our justice focus for 2021-2026. We commit to partnering with other groups in prayer, education, action and advocacy to:

  • Explore the systemic roots of racism in our countries and in our own lives;
  • Identify areas of our lives in which we may be complicit with racist attitudes and actions;
  • Examine the intersections of racism with other justice issues;
  • Make choices to rid ourselves of actions and attitudes that perpetuate racism; and
  • Advocate publicly for legislation and policy that promote equality and equity for all.


Why is this important?

Stand with us to end unjust treatment of all people. We minister with immigrant families and our commitment to nonviolence makes outdated immigration policy a significant concern and a compelling call to action.

“What we seek is immigration reform that reflects the best of our values as a nation, and helps to build stronger, more welcoming communities.” – Sisters of Providence Leadership Team, 2014

Introducing the Justice Coordinating Commission!

A message from Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp

The Justice Coordinating Commission (JCC) is an “umbrella” group composed of Sisters of Providence, Providence Associates, and others who have actively worked with us to address justice issues. The group, which builds on works of previous justice committees, is charged with focusing the justice issues for our Congregation. The group began meeting in 2016 to organize its work around a focus on environmental justice in the coming five years.

We have identified four sub-focus areas in dire need of attention: Climate change, water, food supply/food security, and migrant workers. Faithful to past work on our Congregation, the JCC has suggested these areas be addressed through the lens of three filters: Racism, women and children, and investments.

At a recent meeting, members of the JCC agreed to put more focus on the intersectionality of various justice issues this year, infusing it into the work of the JCC and all of its subcommittees and across the Congregation.

The following is a listing of the membership of the JCC and its subcommittees:

Justice Coordinating Commission: Sister Barbara Battista, Sister Kathleen Desautels, Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp, Sister Mary Montgomery, Sister Rosemary Schmalz, Sister Barbara Sheehan, Providence Associate Marsha McCarty, Providence Associate Suzanne Ray, Providence Associate Ryan Sheehy, Providence Associate Pearlette Springer, Providence Associate Dinah Vasbinder and Providence Associate Susan Weber.

Climate Change Task Force: Members of the Climate Change Task Force include Sisters Barbara Battista, Cathy Campbell, Marilyn Kofler, Barbara Sheehan and Mary Tomlinson in addition to Providence Associates Marilyn Antonik, Jessi Blessinger, Gene Majewski, Lynda Parker, Jan Showalter and Jeannie Smith.

Ethical Investment Task Force: Sister Barbara Battista, Sister Kathleen Desautels, Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp, Providence Associate Ann Henderson, Sister Tracey Horan, Sister Ann Margaret O’Hara, Sister Betty Paul, Sister Barbara Sheehan, Providence Associate Kathy Shickles and Sister Helen Vinton.

Justice Fund Committee: Sister Barbara Battista, Sister Kathleen Desautels, Providence Associate Marsha McCarty and Providence Associate Susan Weber.

If you have time, read the Sisters of Providence Advocacy Committee’s recent blog regarding attending town hall meetings.

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