Social Concerns

Pax Christi Letter on Israel–Palestine War


       The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Leadership are deeply troubled by the ongoing violence and atrocities of the current war in Israel-Palestine. We join the call for an immediate end to this devastating situation, which is why we have signed on to the Pax Christi letter. While the roots of the conflict are complex, the human suffering and loss of life must stop.         Israel has a right to exist in safety, to defend itself, and to demand the release of all hostages, but at the same time, Israel's military response in Gaza has resulted in [...]

Pax Christi Letter on Israel–Palestine War2024-05-16T14:40:45+00:00

An Earth Day Reflection on our Laudato Si’ Commitment


The following is a reflection on the 2023-24 year of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville's Laudato Si' commitment. Sister Carol Curtis, social concerns coordinator, presented this at the Earth Day Prayer service held on Monday, April 22, 2024. During our Community Days last year, we engaged the theme of Matthew 25 – Lord, when did we see you? And Christ responds, in those most overlooked and in need was Me. During this Easter season, we are reminded again that Christ is among us as one we do not recognize: as a gardener or fellow traveler, or just a stranger on [...]

An Earth Day Reflection on our Laudato Si’ Commitment2024-04-23T17:01:56+00:00

A Call For Justice


Our very own Sister Janet Peterworth is a guest columnist for Global Sisters Report with a thought-provoking article, "Today's labor and union battles echo coal miners' calls for justice." You may read it here:

A Call For Justice2023-05-15T14:25:01+00:00

“And they’re off!” Human Trafficking and the Kentucky Derby


By Sister Janet M. Peterworth, OSU “And they’re off!” These are important words in horse racing. But nowhere are they more important than on the first Saturday of May in Louisville, Kentucky, because these words start the Kentucky Derby, the fastest two minutes in sports and the race that begins the journey toward the coveted Triple Crown. “And they’re off” are words that also echo in the world of human trafficking around Derby, because the Derby, as well as other sporting events, tends to draw those who are trafficking others into sex trade. And they are off on the roads to [...]

“And they’re off!” Human Trafficking and the Kentucky Derby2023-05-01T17:10:31+00:00

Calling For Action in the Wake of the April 10 Shooting in Louisville


The Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, along with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team, Dominican Sisters of Peace, and the Loretto Community, issued a joint statement about the April 10 mass shooting in Louisville, Kentucky. Together, they decried the latest mass shooting and called for the passing of new legislation aimed at curbing gun violence. Read more from Global Sisters Report: AND The Record Newspaper:

Calling For Action in the Wake of the April 10 Shooting in Louisville2023-04-21T21:07:04+00:00

A Statement by the National Black Sisters Conference on the murder of Tyre Nichols


The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville stand in solidarity with our Black Sisters as they speak publicly about his death and the urgent need for systemic reform.   A Statement by the National Black Sisters Conference on the murder of Tyre Nichols The New Year is barely a month old. We have just celebrated the national holiday honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the warrior of peace, and the world sadly commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In a few days, we will celebrate Black History Month as we honor [...]

A Statement by the National Black Sisters Conference on the murder of Tyre Nichols2023-02-01T17:16:16+00:00

International Migrants Day and Roses in December


By Sister Carol Curtis, OSU Envio los cielos el rocio de lo alto y las nubes derramen la justicia: Abrase la tierra y brote el Salvador. [Is 45,8] Heavens distill dew from on high and clouds rain down justice: Let Earth open and bud forth the Savior. This year, the familiar Advent antiphon resonated with deeper prophetic urgency as I heard it sung in El Salvador at the site of the martyrdom of the Four Churchwomen on December 2nd, the 42nd anniversary of their death, and under the shadow of the government’s broad dragnet of arrests expedited by a protracted State [...]

International Migrants Day and Roses in December2022-12-19T17:58:54+00:00

Sister Carol Curtis Embarks on Roses in December 2022 Pilgrimage


Ursuline Sisters of Louisville Carol Curtis, OSU, went to El Salvador in early December, 2022, participating with “The Roses in December” delegation of SHARE with Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) to mark the 42nd anniversary of the martyrdom of the four U.S. churchwomen in El Salvador. The delegation will walk with women religious and the communities they accompany to El Salvador and Honduras. On December 2, they visited Chalatenango where Sisters Carla Piette, Ita Ford and Maura Clarke used to work; were welcomed by communities in Los Ranchos and had a celebration of their lives at the cemetery. December 2nd [...]

Sister Carol Curtis Embarks on Roses in December 2022 Pilgrimage2023-03-14T14:44:26+00:00

Statement on Colorado shootings


Together with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Leadership of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville are committed to working towards a world free from violence, with respect for all living beings. Our hearts are broken for family members, friends, and members of the LGBTQ+ community as they grieve the tragic loss of those killed and those wounded in the Colorado Springs shooting on Saturday, November 19. There can be no tolerance for hate. As women of the Gospel, we oppose any form of exclusion, discrimination, violence or hate speech directed at any group or those who practice a faith tradition [...]

Statement on Colorado shootings2022-11-22T20:38:40+00:00

June 2 Synod Listening Session


Date of Session             June 2, 2022                              Location of Session Ursuline Campus                    Estimated No. of Attendees 30                            Person Completing Form Sr. Janet M Peterworth   #1 Describe the listening session experience (attendees’ attentiveness, engagement, openness, etc. (This group answered the following themes:  Listening/Speaking Out & Authority/Participation & Discerning/Deciding.  The facilitators picked these for consideration.)  All present were excited about having an opportunity to talk about the topics.  There was excellent participation, conversation, reporting and listening.  There was high energy in the room as groups started their speaking after a time of silent reflection. During the report-out session, people [...]

June 2 Synod Listening Session2022-07-05T17:52:42+00:00

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