Nuns Against Gun Violence:

Catholic Sisters Organize Lenten Fast for an End to Gun Violence

This Lent, supporters of Nuns Against Gun Violence have pledged to fast for an end to gun violence. More than 130 participants to date have pledged to offer their sacrifice and prayer for a more peaceful society.

“As Catholics, our faith calls us to protect life, and yet our country continues to be plagued with an epidemic of gun violence,” said Mary Ann McGivern, a Sister of Loretto and one of the organizers of the fast. “Our fast will be a prayer to God and an opportunity to publicly appeal to our civic communities for action to reduce gun violence.”

Organizers invited members of its coalition congregations and all like-minded individuals to join in this fast against gun violence. Participants will join their hearts, minds, and bodies in a sacrifice —according to each one’s capability — as an expression of love, in a spirit of generosity, willingly abstaining from food and drink or undertaking other meaningful sacrifices as we put forth our united call for people to lay down their guns and enact gun violence prevention legislation.

Anyone may pledge to participate by filling out the Lenten Fasting Commitment Form



Nuns Against Gun Violence will gather virtually for an Ash Wednesday prayer service to inaugurate the fast on Wednesday, February 14 from 4-4:30 p.m. EST. The service will include prayer, Scripture, silence and a reflection by Mary Ann McGivern, SL.



Nuns Against Gun Violence is a coalition of Catholic Sisters and their allies that affirms the value of human life through prayer, education, and advocacy for common sense, evidence-based, gun violence prevention. The coalition was founded in April 2023 to bring together congregations of Catholic sisters to speak with a united voice against the crisis of gun violence. Supporters meet bi-weekly to share resources and events and plan advocacy efforts. More information is available at