June 22, 2020, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters General Council supports the following statement of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) on the Supreme Court’s DACA ruling and the renewed commitment to the work of dismantling systems that oppress people of color.
The LCWR’s statement is as follows:
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is grateful that the Supreme Court struck down President Trump's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Court's ruling safeguards the right of 700,000 DACA recipients to live and work in the country that is their home. This is an enormous victory for the immigrant youth who have led the challenge to the Trump administration's attempt to end the program that has protected our colleagues, students, neighbors, and friends from the threat of deportation.
DACA recipients have long contributed to our communities and our economy. They are teachers and engineers, specialist and essential workers of every kind. Nearly 30,000 DACA recipients are among the healthcare workers combating the outbreak of COVID-19 working to prevent the spread of the virus and to save the lives of those infected.
While we welcome the Court's ruling, we recognize that this is not a permanent solution. We call on members of Congress to move expeditiously to pass legislation that will provide lasting stability for DACA recipients, those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Dreamers, their families and our communities. It is long past time to enact a Dream Act that provides a path to citizenship without including funding for detention, deportation, or border militarization, or provisions that would limit opportunities for family reunification. The House of Representatives has already passed the bipartisan American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (HR 6). It is time for the Senate to do the same.
Catholic sisters will continue to advocate for bipartisan legislation that addresses the injustices in our current immigration system. We will continue to stand in solidarity with our black and brown neighbors who seek the justice and dignity that is their right.
We note that this decision comes as Black people and their allies have courageously organized to demand an end to police brutality, systemic racism, and white supremacy. Our commitment to the gospel mandate to uphold the dignity of all people requires that we recommit ourselves to the work of dismantling all those systems that oppress people of color and to advocate for Black lives and the protection of immigrants.
(LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has approximately 1350 members, who represent about 80 percent of the women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, LCWR assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today's world.)
Members of the Adrian Dominican Sisters General Council are Sisters Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress; Frances Nadolny, OP, Administrator and General Councilor; Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, Vicaress and General Councilor; and Patricia Harvat, OP, and Elise D. García, OP, General Councilors.
June 5, 2020, West Palm Beach, Florida – On behalf of the faculty and staff of Rosarian Academy, Linda M. Trethewey, Head of School, recently issued a statement decrying the tragic death of George Floyd and the ongoing racism in the United States. Following is her statement.
June 3, 2020
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” -John 13:34
Dear Rosarian Community,
The tragic death of George Floyd has unleashed feelings of great pain and hurt due to the racism and social injustices that still exist in our world. The faculty and staff of Rosarian Academy stand united in our mission to live out the Gospel values and our belief in the continual need for social change.
Social injustice, prejudice, and hatred have no place in our society. We must reaffirm the values that we hold sacred. We must open our hearts and be empathetic in the understanding that racism of any kind destroys communities. As Christians, Catholics, a community of faith, we must do more than pray; we must model Jesus’ message to love one another.
Rosarian Academy educates and cultivates citizens who denounce violence, hatred, and racism and believe in the sacredness of all human life. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stated, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends toward justice.”
We ask our Rosarian Academy community at large to join us in praying and standing up for a world that knows and demonstrates the values of equality, inclusiveness, respect, and dignity. “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).