By monastic profession, we, the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, commit ourselves to seeking God and God’s reign among us. Profession calls us to witness God’s love for the world, and impels us to work for justice according to the following principles of Catholic Social Justice teaching:
- Human Dignity Each person is endowed by God with human dignity and should be respected as a unique expression of the Divine.
- The Call to Community and the Common Good As a reflection of our Triune God, every human being depends upon and must contribute to the common good.
- The Rights and Responsibilities of the Person As an expression of the Living God, each person has a fundamental right to and responsibility for life and to that which makes life possible.
- The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers As an expression of our Creative God, each person has the right and responsibility to work productively in safe conditions for fair wages.
- The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable We are called to contribute to the good of the whole society, especially the poor and vulnerable. The whole society is strengthened when everyone is empowered to become an active participant in society.
- Solidarity Aware of our place in an interdependent world, we relate to all as members of one human family. Solidarity expresses the Church’s concern for world peace, global development and international human rights.
- Care for Creation As an expression of our Creative God, we recognize our interdependence with all creation and pledge to respect and care for it.
We do this in light of our mission statement to foster values of healing hospitality, creative peacemaking and grateful simplicity.
Incorporating These Principles Into Our Monastic Life
Under the leadership of our Social Justice Committee we strive to deepen our awareness of peace and justice issues both locally and globally. In order to be more effective we focus our common prayer and action on a specific issue chosen by the community. In addition many of our Sisters and Oblates are involved in ministries that include peace making and works of justice.
5 Things You Can Do Now!
- Donate: Make a donation to the Idaho Food Bank www.idahofoodbank.org.
- Organize: Organize a canned food drive for local families in need.
- Shop Responsibly: Buy Fair Trade/organic products.
- Reuse: Instead of using disposable bottles of water and coffee cups, use a reusable travel mug or drink bottle.
- Learn more about the issues: Visit the links below or contact Sister Carol Ann Wassmuth, OSB
More Info About Peace & Justice
Sister Carol Ann Wassmuth, OSB
Human Rights & Social Justice
- Amnesty International
- Idaho Human Rights
- Idaho Human Rights Education Center
- Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition
- Interfaith Alliance of Idaho
- Mary’s Pence
- Network National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
- Polaris Project
- Voices of Living Faith
Hunger & Food Supply
- Bread for the World
- Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International
- Heifer Project International
- Idaho Hunger Awareness
- Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger
- Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
- National Catholic Rural Life Conference
- Pesticide Action Network
- Serrv International
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- Coalition of Immokalee Workers
- Maquila Solidarity Network
- National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice
- United Farm Workers
- US Labor Education in the Americas Project
Peace & Nonviolence
- 8th Day Center for Justice
- American Friends Service Committee
- Ban Landmines
- Catholic Campaign for Human Development
- Center of Concern
- Churches for Middle East Peace
- Code Pink
- Father John Dear
- FOR USA
- Idaho Peace Coalition
- National Religious Campaign Against Torture
- Pax Christi
- Peace Action
- Peace Council
- School of the Americas Watch
- Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Witness for Peace
- Women Say No to War