“Stand with Sisters” Campaign Raises Awareness about Women Religious and Social Justice.
In March, the St. Louis Catholic Sisters are launching their fourth annual awareness campaign, “Stand with Sisters,” in conjunction with National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14), an annual celebration created to honor women religious and bring greater focus to their lives and works.
Known for their legacy in education and healthcare, the sisters have also played a vital role in responding to the issues of our times. “Stand with Sisters” will celebrate the myriad of ways women religious and their supporters stand up for social justice in our communities.
Throughout the month of March 2019, the member congregations will participate in a social media campaign sharing video, photos and personal narratives from sisters and their lay collaborators about why they are called to work for justice causes. They invite others who have been impacted by Catholic sisters to join the conversation and share their stories on social media as well by using the hashtag “#StandwithSisters.”
“Compelled by the Holy Spirit and their Catholic faith, the sisters work with people affected by immigration, poverty, human trafficking, racism, homelessness, incarceration and other injustices,” says Jenny Beatrice, director of communications for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. “This campaign uses the power of their collective voice to take a stand for the marginalized and connect with others who seek to find an end to those injustices against human dignity.”
In addition, the campaign will also be featured on electronic billboards around the St. Louis metro area, carrying the sisters’ messages, including, “We stand with immigrants,” and “We stand against racism.”
This campaign also serves to show the community that Catholic sisters are alive and well and serving St. Louisans. Women religious continue to play vital roles in the history and development of our nation, our local community, and our society. They have not only taught in schools and ministered in hospitals, they have founded, funded, and run those institutions. Above all, they continue to show their devotion to God through their willingness to minister to all.