Social Concerns

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

Six religious communities speak together against gun violence


May 26, 2022   As we mourn the loss of more than 30 lives in 10 days, our hearts break. In conversations with each other and in our prayers to God, we must ask, “How long?” “How many?’ “How can we end this violence?” How long will we continue to accept mass shooting after mass shooting? How many more small coffins will be wept over, and how many more families will be destroyed? We CAN take concrete steps to curb gun violence – but it requires action from our elected representatives, an end to partisan bickering and an end to monetary [...]

Six religious communities speak together against gun violence2022-06-07T20:11:38+00:00

Ecampaign to support LGBT youth


Background: In February 2021, we were the first religious community of sisters to issue a statement in support of the statement, “God Is On Your Side,” by twelve U.S. Catholic Bishops in support of at-risk LGBT youth and the work of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Some of the campus ministry staff at the schools sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters wanted to start an outreach program for LGBTQ students at the high school and asked the sisters if they had a statement in support. While the community had general statements in support of all life, we did not have one specific to support [...]

Ecampaign to support LGBT youth2022-07-26T18:09:58+00:00

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