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Bringing the Healing Presence of Christ

The Justice and Peace Office is an expression of our charism to bring God's healing love to the poor, the sick, and the needy, and to address the cries of Mother Earth. Sister Mary Shaw, ASC, promotes and develops programs and activities that inform, inspire, and involve people in the ministry of Justice and Peace.

As Franciscans, we seek to promote human dignity and respect for all creation, while providing a voice for the voiceless through attitudes and behaviors of nonviolence. In conjunction with the Leadership Liaison, the Office of Justice and Peace will also monitor and inform on the following issues: Death Penalty, Unjust Systems, Healthcare, and Immigration.

In solidarity with all of God's peoples, especially the poor and disenfranchised, we seek to bring life and healing through our advocacy, stewardship and healing presence.


June 19, 2020 Statement with LCWR on DACA
June 2, 2020 Statement with LCWR condemming police- killing of another black man
November 20, 2019 Statement on Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement
August 12, 2019 Statement of Support for End to Gun Violence
February 28, 2019 Statement of Support with the USCCB Committee on Migration
January 1, 2019 Petition signed with LCWR on the Shut Tornillo Down Coalition
November 1, 2018 Statement with LCWR on Clean Energy
October 24, 2018 Statement with LCWR on Immigration
July 13, 2018 Statement on Immigration


Deepening our reverence of creation as it reflects "the presence of the Divine" (Thomas Berry, CP), we will consider ways that we can develop our human-earth relationship and increase our understanding of the new cosmology and ecology from a cosmological perspective. We will promote stewardship of the world's resources and encourage this in our ministries.


December 14, 2023

October 4, 2023

July 25, 2022

June 6, 2022

September 16, 2021 - Web of Life

May 27, 2021 - Laudato Si’ Action Platform


Laudato Si (2015)
Navajo Water Project
Earth Day
National Geographic
National Geograpic video
Catholic Climate Covenant


Open Wide Our Hearts - The Enduring Call of Love (2019 Pastoral Letter)
Moral Leadership in Action: All Lives Matter (2016 Bishop Braxton Letter)
America Magazine (racial divide perspectives by Bishop Braxton)


Women are not helpless in face of existing challenges. Around the world they are decision-makers for themselves, their families, villages, businesses, and governments. For societies where this is not the case, people speak of the need for women's empowerment. We must ensure that women's empowerment and gender equality stand at the heart of all of our work to craft a better future. 

Girl Rising
Bakhita Initiative

Human Trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery that is widespread throughout both the United States and the world. After the issue of drug dealing in our world, this is the second largest and the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. 

Franciscans International
Love 146
Slavery Footprint
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Franciscan Federation
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
Polaris Project


Pax Christi says, "Violence ends where love begins. The use of peaceful means, not force, to bring about political or social change."

August 31, 2022

April 28, 2022

Catholic Mobilizing Network

The Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent

In 2016, the Franciscan Federation wrote a Resolution on Gun Violence. Please click here to read it.

Pax Christi
Catholics Confront Global Poverty
School of the Americas Watch
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty




On November 12, 1988, we dedicated the first Peace Pole on our property based on the global Peace Pole Project. On July 2, 2008, we dedicated a new Peace Pole, made of western red cedar, standing seven feet tall. The phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” is displayed in six languages: English, Japanese, German, Hebrew, Polish, and Hindi (pictured above).

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Hospital Sisters of St. Francis 4 849 LaVerna Road, Springfield, IL 62707 (217)522-3386
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