The Sisters of the Redeemer Reflect on Racism in America

June 5, 2020

We have thought long and hard about what we wanted to say regarding the most recent tragedies that have resulted from systemic racism in our country. During this time, we listened. We prayed. We watched. We read and we prayed more. Before we shared our feelings and words with you, we wanted to make sure we were listening and observing not only with our eyes and ears but with wide-open hearts to hear and better understand the hurt people are feeling right now.

We, the Sisters of the Redeemer, mourn the murder of George Floyd and the unconscionable number of Black lives taken from this earth too soon. We watched in sadness as people cry out in pain and for their voices to be heard.

As Sisters of the Redeemer, we are called by the Spirit of God to be a healing presence in a hurting world. And, as an international Congregation with Sisters in Germany and Tanzania, we unequivocally embrace and value diversity and inclusion, as every person is a child of God. We believe all must be afforded the same access, rights, liberties, and freedoms—regardless of the color of their skin. We are committed to doing our part to make this a reality.

In union with thousands of Catholic sisters throughout the world, we stand in solidarity with all who experience the longstanding effects of systemic racism on a daily basis. We join the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in stating, “It is time for bold, decisive action. We pledge to raise our voices and to act now to end this scourge, which has cost us so dearly. It is long past time to dismantle white privilege and rededicate ourselves to building God’s beloved community.”

To our Black sisters and brothers, we hear you. We see you. You matter to us and we love you unconditionally. We recognize the challenges we face are great. But, we believe that with steadfast faith, compassion, and the willingness for all to come to truth about the disease of racism, we shall overcome. In the words of our Founder, Blessed Alphonse Maria Eppinger, “Have courage, God is with you.”

As women religious, we must do more than pray. We must model our Redeemer’s message to love one another. Actions speak louder than words. As a Congregation, we embrace all of you in kindness, gratitude, and love.

Peacefully yours,

The Sisters of the Redeemer