The Congregation of St. Joseph joins the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris and promise to work with them to repair the fractured relationships that have divided us during this difficult election season and reclaim our essential unity as a nation.
Our Gospel mandate as Sisters of St. Joseph is to unite neighbor to neighbor and neighbor to God. Now is the time to make space in our hearts and our communities for the needs and concerns of all God’s people. It is time to tear down the walls — real or imagined — which divide us by gender, race, class, geography, lifestyle, ideology, political party, and religious belief and to make room for all who have been disaffected, disenfranchised, and discarded.
We will not shrink from the challenge before us to protect the sacredness of all human life, to dismantle white supremacy, welcome the stranger, care for creation, and to stand with those who have been exploited and marginalized.
We promise once again to be part of the healing presence of God. We recommit ourselves to the sacred task of building the “Beloved Community” of which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke so eloquently. We pledge to hold the needs and concerns of all in the heart of a loving and ever faithful God and we invite all people of good will to join us.