Sisters of St. Joseph partner with Nuns Against Gun Violence Coalition in Observance of “Wear Orange” Week

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Several of the more than 100 participants gathered around the Anti-Gun Violence banner in front of the CSJ Motherhouse.

A banner on the fence outside the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Brighton, MA reads, “gun violence is the number one killer of children and teens in America.” That’s an astounding fact and it’s why on June 6, 2024, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston hosted one of many prayer vigils taking place around our country during June. The purpose: to commemorate the tenth annual national “Wear Orange” month, to raise awareness of gun violence, and inspire action aimed at toward preventing this devastation from continuing.

More than 100 sisters, associates, agrégées, and partners in mission gathered in Brighton, Framingham, and online via Zoom for this vigil hosted in collaboration with Nuns Against Gun Violence (NAGV), 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. We wear orange in June in the hope of a future free from Gun Violence, and to honor Hadiya Pendleton and over 43,000 Americans who have been killed with guns as well as approximately 76,000 who are shot and wounded every year.

 

Above: St. Joseph Hall Residents wearing orange.

Above: Bethany Health Care physicians and nurses wearing orange in support.

 

Throughout history, Catholic Sisters have responded to serious issues of the day. Therefore, given the tragic statistics of gun violence in our country, it is no surprise that in April 2023 Nuns Against Gun Violence was founded to bring together congregations of Catholic sisters to speak with a united voice against this growing crisis.

Because the event happened so close to the Church’s Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, Peggy Comfrey, CSJ, Justice Promoter, introduced the prayer with a reflection on the depiction of Mary in a powerful icon titled, Our Lady, Mother of Ferguson and All Those Killed by Gun Violence, by Mark Doox. Here Jesus is shown in the crosshairs of a gun. She urged participants to place their hands on their hearts and pray for those whose lives have been impacted by gun violence.

 

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She then prayed, “Vulnerable God, the Sacred Heart of Jesus was ripped open by violence. We believe that in every body and everybody beats a sacred heart. We gather today to raise our hands in supplication for an end to gun violence. Give us the courage, Spirit, to enter the world committed to the hope of a gun-free future. Lead us Jesus, the Crucified and Resurrected One, to those sorrowful places of trauma and help us to be voices that cry out for mercy and change.”

Learn more about our peacemaking/nonviolence efforts here.

Vist nunsagainstgunviolence.org for more information and how to be part of this growing coalition of Catholic Sisters and groups all over the country who advocate for an end to gun violence.

Mark Doox’s Our Lady, Mother of Ferguson and All Those Killed by Gun Violence

To learn more about Doox’s art, click here