Daughters’ Corporate Stance on the Environment

Heeding Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si: Care for our Common Home as well as the 2030 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals; the Daughters of Charity of the United States and Canada adopt a stance toward protecting and reviving the earth on a local, national, and global level.  We will animate this stand by:

  1. Educating ourselves on environmental issues affecting our local cities, North America and the World;
  2. Fostering a consciousness of care for the environment within our local communities and ministries and implementing alternative behaviors whenever possible;
  3. Participating in the Global Catholic Climate Movement and other partnerships to support changes in governmental, corporate and personal practices which impact the care of our “home;”
  4. Supporting legislation that aims to protect the earth from further degradation and promotes environmentally friendly processes;
  5. Praying that all people care for “Our Common Home” by living in solidarity with the Earth, its creatures and natural resources.

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Daughters’ Corporate Stance Against Homelessness and Insecure Housing

As Christian disciples, formed in the Vincentian Spirit, we believe that all people have a right to safe and humane living conditions. Therefore, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of the United States and Canada adopt a stance to affirm and ensure this belief is realized for all. To this end we commit to: 

  1. Identifying the root causes of homelessness and insecure living and advocating for changes in systems which produce these conditions; 
  2. Continuing to educate ourselves on the issue and sharing our knowledge with others;
  3. Collaborating with Vincentian and other like-minded local organizations that share our vision to develop a comprehensive plan to house those who are homeless or in insecure housing and ensure the highest rate of long-term success;
  4. Promoting an environment of respect, kindness and dignity for persons experiencing homelessness;
  5. Praying for those living with insecure housing and those with the ability to change

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Daughters’ Corporate Stance on Human Trafficking

We, the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul of the United States and Canada, believe in the sanctity of every human life and are committed to promoting the dignity of every human person. Therefore, we denounce all forms of trafficking in persons. Knowing that human trafficking today is a complex issue with many causes requiring multiple responses, we commit ourselves to: 

  1. Pray consistently for an end to all forms of slavery, and for victims and perpetrators;
  2. Educate ourselves and others regarding the prevalence, causes, and solutions to the worldwide trafficking of human beings;
  3. Commit ourselves to encounter, as possible, those who are most vulnerable to being trafficked;
  4. Stand in solidarity with the victims and survivors of human trafficking and be involved, as much as possible, in assisting them to recover and heal in mind, spirit and body;
  5. Advocate, in collaboration with others, for policies, initiatives and programs that work for prevention, education and advocacy with a goal of eliminating all modern forms of human trafficking;
  6. Exercise responsible consumer practices which foster human rights and prevention of human trafficking;
  7. Promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals for equitable development and elimination of extreme poverty world-wide.

NOTE: An urgency to migrate – as a result of the convergence of widespread poverty, demand for cheap labor, gender discrimination, economic and social underdevelopment, wars, corruption in the exercise of power and global warming – provides fertile ground for the exploitation of people worldwide 

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Daughters’ Corporate Stance Against Hunger

Believing that hunger is preventable and food security is basic to quality of life, the Daughters of Charity of the United States and Canada adopt a unified plan toward eradicating hunger for the most vulnerable in society today: children and the elderly. We will do this through:

  1. Sponsoring food assistance programs with a focus on providing healthy food for children and the elderly;
  2. Advocating with policy makers to promote and sustain food assistance and healthy eating education programs;
  3. Leveraging resources in the communities we serve through networking and partnering;
  4. Communicating available resources and “nutrition hints” through our direct and indirect network of ministries;
  5. Educating care givers and family members on healthy and financially responsible food preparation;
  6. Praying for those who live with chronic hunger, those who care for them and those who create policies and legislation which have a direct impact on the quality of life for those living in poverty.

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Daughters’ Corporate Stance on Immigration

We, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of the United States and Canada, embracing Biblical tradition and Catholic Social Teaching, commit to promoting policies and actions in our society that welcome, protect, promote and integrate immigrants*. We will do this by: 

  1. Educating ourselves and others by:
    1. Learning about the issues faced by immigrants;
    2. Offering opportunities for others to learn with us to increase empathy;
    3. Drawing attention to root causes of immigration and the local issues in our communities.
  2. Acting with our legislators against unjust policies by advocating for:
    • An immigration process that keeps families together and includes a path to citizenship;
    • Comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform;
    • Due process for all immigrants;
    • The protection of human rights for immigrants at the border, in detention and those living without legal documentation in the US;
    • An increase in the number of persons allowed to immigrate each year.
  3. Collaborating with others to:
    • Combat racism and promote justice for immigrants;
    • Celebrate the cultural richness of immigrants;
    • Create networks which support immigrants in all stages of their process;
    • Seek opportunities to welcome, accompany and support immigrants using the resources we have to offer;
  4. Praying in solidarity with immigrants.

* “immigrants” refers to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants 

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Daughters’ Corporate Stance on Racism

Living our Christian belief that all people are created in the image of God, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of the United States and Canada adopt a unified stance affirming the dignity and human rights of all persons and eradicating racism in ourselves, the communities we serve and our countries as a whole. We will do this by: 

  1. Pledging to:
    • Promote heightened awareness of language, attitudes, assumptions and behaviors that support negative stereotypes and denigrate the dignity of others;
    • Affirm the values of diversity and inclusion in our communities and institutions;
    • Act to recognize and change the structures that support racism and separate groups of people;
    • Stand up in the presence of racism;
    • Pray for peace and healing among all people;
    • Welcome persons of diversity into our Daughter of Charity communities.
  2. Advocating for legislation which:
    • Affirms civil rights for all and eliminates discrimination based on race;
    • Promotes just and fair access to housing, education, health care, employment and voting rights, and the criminal justice system.
  3. Contributing to dialogue on the local, regional and national level to create energy toward positive change.

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Daughters’ Statement on the Death of George Floyd

We, the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul USA, unite our hearts, voices, prayers, presence, and action with those of people of goodwill around the globe in affirming that black lives matter.

We. Are. Outraged.

The charity of Christ impels us to speak out, as yet another black man has died at the hands of law enforcement. Actions by those in authority in our law enforcement system reveal again and again a broken system of chronic racism that hurts humanity.

We call for an immediate cessation of racist actions against people of color by all in positions of authority including all levels of law enforcement, legal systems, and governments. We call for national systemic change eradicating racism and eliminating white supremacy and white privilege.

We. Are. In solidarity.

When a sister or brother begs for help, begs for life, begs for air, begs to be released, and ultimately succumbs to death due to asphyxiation, we all symbolically suffocate. Our hearts ache with sorrow for Mr. Floyd’s friends and family, some still too young to comprehend the magnitude of the appalling circumstances resulting in their father’s unjust and agonizing death at the hands of out of control law enforcement.

We applaud Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, and the Minnesota legal system for taking firm action to indict all four officers involved covertly or overtly in the death of our brother, George Floyd.

We. Are. Committed to Action.

As women given to God, in community, to serve Christ in the those who are poor, we pledge to confront racism within ourselves and where we encounter it. We pledge to live Catholic Social Teaching. We join with others in the faith community in acknowledging our own complicity in institutional racism and we ask forgiveness of our sisters and brothers of color. We pledge to join others in building the Kingdom of God.

“We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.” St. Vincent de Paul