Written on: May 18, 2022
The Grey Nuns have lived, ministered, and prayed with and for the people of Buffalo for more than 100 years.
We are heartbroken at the violence that was perpetrated on innocent people doing their grocery shopping in an otherwise peaceful community setting. A young man who was apparently indoctrinated to hate people of color traveled over 200 miles with a gun and a plan to kill as many as possible.
The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart as members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) support the following statement from this leadership organization, and commit ourselves to do all we can to combat racism and all the current speech and action that promotes white supremacy and its manifestations.
Violence and White Supremacy Cannot Stand -Statement from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. (Wed, 2022-05-18 07:49 by asanders)
Our hearts are breaking as we once again come face to face with the racial hatred and gun violence that infect our land. The members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious extend their condolences to the Buffalo community and all who lost loved ones, friends, and neighbors and we say once more violence and white supremacy cannot stand.
Racism is a virus, every bit as deadly as COVID-19, that has infected our nation since its inception and until we address it, people of color will continue to die, and our nation will continue to bleed. Racism, whether the institutional racism which privileges some at the expense of others or the daily acts of hate and discrimination, diminishes us all. It denies that most profound truth, that:
As women religious in a predominantly white organization, we recognize how we have been privileged. We lament our silence in the face of white supremacist ideology, and we acknowledge our complicity in institutional racism. We ask forgiveness of our sisters and brothers of color, and we pray for our nation’s healing.
It is time for bold, decisive action. We pledge to raise our voices and to act to end the violence and white supremacy which has cost us dearly. In the wake of the horror of Buffalo, we rededicate ourselves to LCWR’s commitment to dismantle systemic racism and white privilege and effect transformative change in our hearts, our organization, and our society and we pledge anew to build God’s beloved community.
LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has nearly 1300 members, who represent more than 38,800 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, LCWR assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.
Their original statement may be accessed here.
Cover art courtesy of Ricardo Gomez Angel/Unsplash