Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Commission (JPIC)
JPIC USA is chaired by (photo above, center) Sr. Ann Gray, DW, and includes members (L-R) Sr. Margaret McCabe, DW,
Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, DW, Maryse Haig, AW and Sr. Rosemary McKenna, DW.
Daughters of Wisdom are called in community to seek and contemplate Divine Wisdom present in a world that hungers for meaning, justice and compassion. We seek to share the message of Jesus Incarnate Wisdom to people experiencing injustice, violence, poverty and oppression, especially women and children.
In keeping with the values of Wisdom Spirituality, we empower ourselves and others to analyze the critical justice, peace and integrity of creation issues that impact the lives of individuals and of families; as well as those that affect the local and global community and the Church.
We will facilitate our gospel response to injustice by networking with other organizations, thus strengthening our interconnectedness through animation, formation, communication and coordination.
The Daughters of Wisdom is now officially recognized by Pax Christi as a religious order of peace and as partners in Pax Christi’s mission of peacemaking.
Justice is not simply about reordering the economy and international policy; it is also about reordering hearts.
MARCH FOR LIFE - Let this be the Time!
Sr. Ann Gray, DW recounts her experience as one of many who attended the March for Life at New York’s Farmingdale University Campus demonstration on March 24, 2018.
March 24, Audrey Schroeder, AW and myself together with many women religious from Long Island attended this memorable event held in the Gymnasium of Farmingdale University Campus. Over 500 people poured into the Gym, conscious that they were one group out of 800 other gatherings taking place across the United States.
As I looked out at the gathering crowd, I was struck by the diversity of age: the elderly, young mothers pushing baby strollers, students- middle school-age, some younger; some older, teachers, rabbis, couples of every denomination filling the bleachers up as high as the eye could see.
But the real focus was the panel of high school seniors situated at the center of the gym. Among them was a young woman who was a survivor of the Parkland, Florida shooting. She recalled the moment the shooting began. Not sure what her fate would be she called her mother to say she loved her but didn’t know if she would ever see her again. “No one should ever have to make a call like that,” the young woman said. The people rang out with cries of “Enough is Enough!”
Before our eyes, we saw one young person after the other pledge their determination to realize the changes they want to happen; to petition, and in the next election to vote for change in Gun laws in this country.
One of the invited panelists was not a high school senior, but Kevin McCarthy, another survivor who was critically wounded on a Long Island, NY train. His Father was shot dead beside him. The year was 1993, and gun deaths have gone on until the present. Yes, “Enough is Enough!” Let this generation of young make the difference that must happen, let them show us how democracy works and Let This Be the Time!
Sr. Ann Gray, DW
In other Marches on the Island and in New York City...
Daughters of Wisdom from Port Jefferson, NY, Sisters Irene Arsenault, Maureen Hurley, and Barbara O'Dea gathered with people of their local community to stand in solidarity with thousands of others in Washington, D.C. and across the nation to support the March for Our Lives rally- a youth steered movement to enact stronger gun control legislation and prevent shootings and gun violence in schools. Provincial leader, Sr. Catherine Sheehan DW and her brother John participated in the NYC rally for March for Our Lives. She said, "We were very impressed by the inspiring young people and all those who want to be about a positive change."
JPIC - SEPTEMBER 2017 UPDATE
The Daughters of Wisdom, USA Province’s JPIC committee met with Congregational Leader, Superior General, Sr. Louise Madore, DW, and General Councilors Sr. Rani Muthukattil, DW and Sr. Isabelle Retailleau, DW during their two week General Council Visit. Committee members discussed JPIC’s current work in networking around the critical issues of our day as mission at the “Heart of the World” that calls them to prophetic action. Pictured (L-R) are JPIC USA Chair, Sr. Ann Gray, DW; Sr. Louise Madore, DW; Sr. Rani Muthukattil, DW; Sr. Margaret McCabe, DW; Sr. Rosemary McKenna, DW; Sr. Isabelle Retailleau, DW; Associate of Wisdom, Audrey Schroeder, and Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, DW.
JPIC - MAY 2017 UPDATE
The JPIC Committee met on May 7, 2017 the feast of Blessed Marie Louise- here is some of the agenda from that meeting as we continue our journey in doing and being Justice for our world.
We began with a report from NETWORK (a group of advocates for Justice, inspired by Catholic Sisters) firstname.lastname@example.org
As People of faith and a nation of immigrants, we are called to welcome the stranger and love our neighbor. As members of Network, we focused on two issues:
1) Our time is a time for Moral Leadership in rejecting Homeland Security Spending: Tell your Congress persons to reject funding for deportation force, for the expansion of detention centers and for funding of a US-Mexican Border Wall.
2) Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) is a new proposal that allows undocumented immigrants the opportunity to adjust their residency status if they achieve a degree from an institution of higher learning or vocational school, or enlist in the Armed Services, or are gainfully employed. They will be given a five year protection from deportation and a path to citizenship. Our people at Network are favoring this bill over the Bridge Act which offered 3 years protection with little else. What is important to know is that this is a Republican Bill (HR 1468) and we need to encourage our Democratic reps to come across the aisle and support it so that we will have a bi-partisan bill to work with.
We are represented on the working committee of the New York State Justice Ministers – LCWR and we are busy with restoring equal access to drivers licenses by passing Assembly Bill 4050. This legislation would establish a real ID driver’s license system for NY which includes a limited purpose driver’s license accessible to all state residents regardless of immigration status. While we do not mean to burden you with Just New York State facts, there are 12 other states that are involved in varying degrees with this issue.
Report on the Human Trafficking Conference held at St. John’s University back in April was described as highly experiential and powerful through the use of drama and story telling to highlight the horrific aspects of the evil of this slavery.
Report on LI-CAN a community organizing group of interfaith clergy who are engaged on behalf of the LI Covenant to end the Opioid Epidemic. The organizers are offering training sessions on conducting a listening campaign to assist in ending this epidemic.
Hampton Roads, VA. The subject is Welcome Signs from the Interspiritual Empowerment Project connected to Virginia Organizing and Sowers of Justice. Two Hundred signs designated for public places read: We’re So Glad You Are Our Neighbor. It marks an effort at interculturality, interfaith and human recognition of the Other.
Thanks for Reading!
Ann Gray, DW
Members of JPIC Committee: Evelyn Lamoureux DW, Audrey Schroeder, AW, Maryse Haig, AW, Rosemary McKenna, DW, Margaret McCabe, DW
Joint Effort of Sisters in 2 Florida Dioceses to Share the Challenges of Migrant Farm Workers with Maryknoll Affiliates
Sr. Sara Proctor, DW, whose ministry is in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Sr. Lucy Clynes, DW whose ministry is in the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida came together recently in a joint effort to share the realities of Florida’s migrant farm workers in a presentation by Sr. Sara to members of the Northeast Florida Maryknoll Affiliates.
Sr. Sara has seventeen and a half years of ministry in Hillsborough, County, Florida, as a Physician’s Assistant providing healthcare and social services to migrant farm and race track workers; and in missions across the county. Focusing on migrant farm workers, she shared witness to the realities of the people’s lives and the ongoing challenges of their livelihoods. Most have household incomes less than 200% of poverty level, are without health care coverage; and struggle to meet the basic needs of nutrition, education, housing, and transportation. Yet, farm workers alone support a 28 billion dollar fruit and vegetable industry in the USA, making the challenges of working in this industry common throughout the country.
The discussion that followed focused on "what can be done?" It was suggested that paying attention to various legislative initiatives and writing members of Congress locally, state-wide and nationally are the most effective ways of advocating for the human rights of farm workers.
Do You Know the Price of Fruits and Vegetables in Your Region?
JPIC - JULY 2016 UPDATE
JPIC International Meets in Rome
The JPIC International committee recently met in Rome. They are (L-R) Marie- Marthe Benêche, Haiti, Lois Mathieu, Canada,
Rani Kurian,General Councillor and Coordinator of JPIC, Ann Gray, United States and Violeta Santos, Peru.
Sr. Ann Gray represented JPIC USA during a three-day session in Rome, Italy and collaborated as one of a team of five Sisters who comprise an inter-generational committee from four entities around the world. As members of an international community, attention was given to "the massive consciousness of the global dimension, inhabitants of an Earth threatened, and where human rights are scorned . . . ."(Rule of Life, I #2). They discussed the importance of developing an "integral" sense of Justice.
Their main task was to draw up an Action Plan for the JPIC International Committee from 2016-2018. Into this plan are woven links that exist between the spirit of JPIC, the Rule of Life, the Daughters of Wisdom's spirituality, formation, and the justice they all do on a daily basis. To this task was added the need to raise "a common voice of Wisdom" around issues of Women and Children, migrants, refugees and the environment.
JPIC Meets to Discuss 2016-2030 Sustainable Development Goals
Members of the Daughters of Wisdom, JPIC, USA Province met with former GBI Provincial, Sr. Jean Quinn, DW recently in a meeting to discuss how the Daughters of Wisdom may connect with the United Nation’s 2016-2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Formally adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, there are 17 key objectives to bring the countries and citizens of the world together to embark on a new path to improve the lives of people everywhere. Also known as Global Goals, it’s a shared agenda designed to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and to protect the planet. Gaining unique insights, enriched by her recent 3 month internship at the UN, Sr. Jean spoke about the need to link global efforts to local, and to continue dialogue and the work of partnering in this comprehensive world-wide project to effect systemic change. Sr. Jean is the Daughters of Wisdom congregational representative at UNANIMA. For more information go to: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment
Pictured with Sr. Jean Quinn (white jacket) are Sr. Margaret McCabe, Sr. Catherine Sheehan, USA Provincial, Sr. Rosemary McKenna, Sr. Evelyn Lamoureux, Sr. Ann Gray and Associate of Wisdom, Maryse Haig.
JPIC in the South
In the southeastern Virginia towns of Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, Daughters of Wisdom, Srs. Margaret McCabe and Grace Malonzo, have long worked in collaboration with the Richmond Diocese, Virginia Organizing, Virginia Interfaith, Tidewater Sowers of Justice and the Norfolk Catholic Worker to address issues of immigration through direct service, political intervention and peaceful demonstration. In addition, they answer a call where ever it is needed, at any level of involvement on a local, regional or state level- from providing consultations, to lobbying, to making phone calls, to having petitions signed, to marching in solidarity with others all in an effort to work on issues dealing with the ecology, water, human trafficking, poverty, domestic violence and health care disparities.
Pictured to the right, Sisters Rosemary McKenna (R) and Ronnie Mc Cormack (L) offer support at a peaceful demonstration in Fort Benning, Georgia.
CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME
By Sr. Rani Kurian, International JPIC Coordinator
With other human beings, the Daughters of Wisdom take the JPIC mission seriously (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation). The values of this wide movement in the Catholic Church are rooted in the Gospel. They encourage human beings to be caretakers of creation, to take a radical option for the poor and become active builders of a just and peaceful world.
Daughters of Wisdom are members of UNANIMA INTERNATIONAL, a non-governmental organization (NGO) advocating on behalf of women and children (particularly those living in poverty), immigrants and refugees, and the environment.
For monthly UNANIMA updates, please visit the Daughters of Wisdom International website and look for the UNANIMA Link.