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Statements on Peace and Justice Issues

from Catholic Sisters' Organizations

Yankton Benedictines Follow Lead of National Organizations

The Prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery belongs to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses.  Both of these organizations have been speaking out on issues of peace and justice.  This page shares some of the information from these valuable organizations in regard to issues such as gun control, racism, human trafficking, and immigration.

Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

Peace & Justice Education

The 2017 meeting of the  Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

One of the organizations that offers great support to a prioress in this country, and in turn to her community, is the American Conference of Benedictine Prioresses, which meets annually in late January or February. At the 2017 CBP meeting forty-eight prioresses and federation presidents from the US, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Canada gathered to pray, reflect, and dialogue. An important item on their agenda is Peace & Justice Education. One important consideration was approval of a statement on racism, in response to this on-going social sin and its effects.  It is from the Benedictine practice of hospitality and respect for every person that the prioresses wrote this statement and now share it with others, to encourage awareness and to promote personal conversion and systemic change

Prioresses’ Statement on Racism

Peace & Justice Education | February 4, 2017

In the spirit of the centuries-old Rule of Benedict which urges us to listen with the ear of the heart and to respect the gifts of each person as unique individuals, we, the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses, recognize the injustices caused by racism in our society.  Our communities have made many efforts to address this injustice as a social sin in which we take part.  We recognize that our society, culture, and country are at a time when many implications and effects of racism are emerging on every side. The conversion called for is pervasive. In solidarity with other religious/faith leaders, we recognize that racial injustice is social sin –

 To speak of social sin means in the first place to recognize that, by virtue of a human solidarity which is as mysterious and intangible as it is real and concrete, each individual’s  (and corporate) sin in some way affects others. ...Every sin has repercussions on the entire ecclesial body and the whole human family.” Pope John Paul ll, December 2, 1984.

(Click here for the full statement in PDF form).

Conference of Benedictine Prioresses – 2013 and 2008 Statements

Here are three other recent statements written by the American Conference of Benedictine Prioresses, on immigration , gun violence and human trafficking. While acknowledging differing views on contemporary social concerns, we share these statements to promote reflection, prayer, and dialogue about issues affecting all people in the United States and beyond our borders. In these days of great division and much uncivil discourse, let us pray for peace and work for understanding, as we engage in the social concerns of our time.

Immigration Statement

Peace & Justice Education | February 4, 2013

We, the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses, join our voices with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), with Network, and with the bipartisan legislative effort to create a comprehensive immigration reform.


As immigrants themselves, our Benedictine fore-mothers understood the needs of immigrants coming to this country.  They served well and nurtured faith in this new land. In our time of numerous migrations, we acknowledge the rich contribution made by immigrant people and decry the unjust treatment they are too often compelled to endure …

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Gun Violence

Prevention of Gun Violence: A Statement of the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

Peace & Justice Education | March 21, 2013

As Benedictine monastic women we stand united in a 1500 – year tradition, rooted in Gospel values of peace and non-violence.  Our Benedictine way of life requires us not only to be people of peace but also “to foster peace in the society around us.” That peace is based on right relationships and mutual respect.  Any violation of the rights and integrity of people, of the land, and of the environment is an act of violence. A definite culture of violence is pervasive in our society in movies, television programming, video games, music and advertisements.  The proliferation of guns, both legal and illegal, has contributed to a significant increase in violence in the United States and in the drug wars in Mexico. …

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Human Trafficking

Statement of corporate stance on human trafficking: Conference of Benedictine Prioresses

Peace & Justice Education | 2008

Committed to the Benedictine motto of PAX and to personal and social transformation of our culture of fear to a culture of love and right relationship, the membership of the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses, a group of fifty-seven monasteries representing 2620 women religious, denounce the practice of human trafficking and commit to the work of bringing about the elimination of this evil practice.  We invite all who are drawn to this cause to join with us by continuing to learn and to raise the awareness among family, friends and co-workers.                         


LCWR – The Leadership Conference of Women Religious

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious have made important statements about social issues facing us in North America.  Below are links to some of the documents on their website, where more information is available.

Resisting Mass Incarceration; Resisting Racism – 2018

LCWR Assembly Confronts Racism and Religious Life – 2016

Sex-Trafficking in the Hotel Industry – 2012

Racism – 2006


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1005 W. 8th St.
Yankton, SD 57078

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