Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletApril 10, 2021

Global Concern




On Behalf of the Gospel


As Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, we cannot separate our call to be women of the Gospel from our call to action for justice on behalf of that Gospel. We frame our search for justice, peace and respect for all life on the Gospels, our Constitution and the long tradition of Catholic social teaching, decrying all forms of violence and oppression.
Just as our founders called our first sisters to respond with courage and generosity to the social needs of seventeenth-century France, so we do the same in a way clearly defined in our Constitution:
“We respond in a way that heals and reconciles; serves all persons without distinction; makes known through our lives the Gospel we proclaim; enables others to assume a more active responsibility for continuing the mission of Jesus; recognizes and defends the human dignity of all persons; and promotes justice with a particular concern for the poor.”
Our 2007 Acts of Congregational Chapter simplifies our call in today’s world: to bring God’s unifying love wherever we go and to deepen our communion with creation, the dear neighbor, the Church and one another.
In recent years, the bishops of the Church have called for greater study and implementation of its social teachings, especially as those teachings relate to poverty, violence, war and respect for all life. The following documents are but a few of the Church’s calls for a more just and peaceful social order.
American Catholic Social Analysis, 1919
Economic Justice for All, 1986
A Catholic Framework for Economic Life, 1996
Brothers and Sisters to Us, 1979
The Challenge of Peace, 1983
A Decade After Economic Justice for All, 1996
The Catholic Bishops' Program against HUman Trafficking
Catholic Bishops Children and Migration
Catholic Bishops: Migration and Refugee Services

Rerum Novarum (On the Conditions of the Workers) by Pope Leo XIII, 1891
Quadrigesimo Anno (On the Reconstruction of the Social Order) by Pope Pius XI, 1931
Mater and Magistra (Christianity and Social Progress) by Pope John XXIII, 1961
Pacem and Terris (Peace on Earth) by Pope John XXIII, 1963
Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World) by Pope Paul VI, 1965
Octogesima Adveniens (A Call to Action) by Pope Paul VI, 1971
Justitia in Mundo (Justice in the World) by International Synod of Bishops, 1971
Laboren Exercens (On Human Work) by Pope John Paul II, 1981
Sollicitude Rei Socialis (On Social ) by Pope John Paul II, 1987
Centesimus Annus (100 Years Since Rerum Novarum) by Pope John Paul II, 1991
Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) by Pope John Paul II, 1995
Benedict XVI on Immigration
John Paul II on Immigration
Pope Francis on Immigration
Pope Benedict on Human Trafficking
Pope John Paul II on Human Trafficking
Pope Francis on Human Trafficking
Pope Francis on The Care of the Earth (Laudato SI)


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