Family of Holy Cross signs statement on nonviolence and just peace
In a world reeling from violence, the leaders of the four Congregations of Holy Cross sisters, brothers and priests signed a joint Statement on Nonviolence and Just Peace, declaring that “Jesus taught us to respond to violence with love and forgiveness,” and committing to abide by his words and example.
The statement calls the four Holy Cross congregations to collaboratively take specific actions to reject violence in its multiple forms, including violent responses to conflict, particularly war and terrorism; denial of human and civil rights; economic and military policies that exacerbate poverty and inequality; degradation of natural resources and ecosystems; and violent and disrespectful political discourse.
“We, the family of Holy Cross, affirm that nonviolence is at the heart of the message of Jesus,” said Sister M. Veronique (Wiedower), CSC, president of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. “For us—and for all Christians—we are called to follow and imitate the nonviolent way of Jesus, which is at the heart of the Gospel message of peace.
“Our world is crying out from the pain of violence that afflicts God’s people physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, economically, politically and culturally,” Sister Veronique continued. “This statement further empowers and commits our Holy Cross family to work together to actively develop specific approaches to the global crisis of violence in its many forms. It also challenges us, as religious women and men, to examine ourselves in light of the nonviolent way of Jesus—from our own internal struggles to live without violence, to the quality of our interpersonal relationships, to our ability to lead by unifying.”
The signing took place on October 4, 2017, during a prayer service at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, as the Congregation reaffirmed its commitment to nonviolence and its promise to help build a culture of peace. The prayer service included the rededication of the peace pole at Saint Mary’s, one of several planted 10 years ago in all countries where sisters serve. The peace poles stand as visible signs of the Congregation’s dedication to peace and nonviolence.
Members of leadership from the four congregations of Holy Cross—Marianites of Holy Cross, Congregation of Holy Cross (priests and brothers), Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Cross and Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross—attended the prayer service and participated in the rededication of the peace pole. The service was co-sponsored by the Holy Cross International Justice Office and the Congregation Justice Committee.
Read the Congregation's Corporate Stand on Nonviolence.
In support of “Just Peace” based on Gospel nonviolence
The Sisters of the Holy Cross support the international Non-Violence and Just Peace Conference statement which rejects “just war” language in Catholic teaching and proposes “that the Catholic Church develop and consider shifting to a Just Peace approach based on Gospel non-violence.” Read the complete statement at PaxChristi International.