Fr. Joachim Rego: Support for Passionist Presence and Mission in Poland/Ukraine
Supporting the request of the ASSUM Provincial, Fr. Łukasz Andrzejewski and Pope Francis to hope for the cessation of hostilities and pray for peace in Ukraine, I invite all members of the Passionist Family, individually and communally, to observe a DAY OF FASTING AND PRAYER FOR PEACE on 2nd March 2022.
From Fr. Joachim Rego:
"The serious situation of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia today creates great anxiety and concern for our brothers in the ASSUM Province of Poland who have responsibility for the Passionist presence and mission in Ukraine. We express our fra-ternal solidarity with the four Passionist religious: 3 Ukrainian nationals and 1 Polish national, who minister in the town of Smotrych and surrounding areas in Western Ukraine and are most immediately affected by this crisis."
Read Fr. Joachims full statement here.
Kentucky Tornados Disaster
Kentucky is home to the Passionist Solidarity Network, the Earth and Spirit Center, St. Agnes Parish, and of course, Sacred Heart Community. We were all spared the damage from the destructive series of tornadoes this month which took nearly 80 lives with billions in damages and a recovery which likely will be decades. We stand in solidarity with those effected. The areas most damaged include many poor, low-income and immigrant communities. Governor Beshear has set up a special fund for immediate relief to those affected by the powerful series of tornadoes this month. Click here for the link if you are able to donate to the effort.
Photo: Mayfield, Kentucky
Statement Protecting LGBT Youth
The Passionist Solidarity Network was contacted by the Tyler Clementi Foundation to encourag support of the statement God Is On Your Side: A Statement From Catholic Bishops On Protecting LGBT Youth. The PSN has signed onto the statement.
Please hold this initiative up in prayer that many hearts and minds will be changed as we work together to share God's love, hope and compassion to everyone. And please spread the word and reach out to additional bishops about the importance of having their name attached to this very momentous statement.
U.S. and Canadian religious orders and institutions are beginning to engage the process of facing the terrible legacy of boarding schools they operated for indigenous people in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Jesuit Conference statement - Read it here
Unpacking Histories is a Jesuit sponsored series reflecting on the relations of Indigenous Peoples and Jesuits in what we currently call the U.S. and Canada The series will bring together Indigenous leaders and Jesuit partners to reflect on the complex history between Jesuits and and Indigenous Peoples. There is no one version of this history that is full of brokenness and beauty.
A series intended for members of men's and women's religious congregations as well as associates, co-members, and lay staff. Watch the video here.
Resolution from the LCWR Global Concerns Committee
Libby Comeaux, Loretto Co-member; Brenna Cussen Anglada, Catholics for Boarding School Accountability Read their resolution to action document on Native American Boarding Schools here.
ral resources to help process what took place on January 6th in Washington, DC.