My position is education coordinator for the Sisters of Mercy Justice Team. That means I’m one of three people hired by this congregation of Catholic nuns to advocate for their social justice agenda.
We advocate for anti-poverty initiatives, immigration reform, environmental protection, peace-making and nonviolence, anti-racism goals and policies that further women’s rights.
I’m charged with educating Sisters, co-workers, students and friends about these issues and making it easy for them to contact their legislators to speak out on issues of concern.
Lately we’ve been busy with some exciting projects.
We’re preparing to welcome to DC in May about 50 students from Mercy-sponsored colleges and universities to learn about advocacy and our support of immigration reform. We’ll conclude with them visiting their members of Congress to talk with them about their concerns.
We’re now designing a program called Mercy Taking Action, to promote environmental sustainability, spiritual fulfulment and social justice. It’s follow-up to a secular program called Awakening the Dreamer, which hundreds of Sisters have participated in already.
And we’re participating in Catholics Vote for the Common Good, a project to elevate the concerns of progressive Catholics in this election year.
I’ve also had the opportunity to travel to some Mercy collegs and universities. First, Georgian Court in New Jersey, and more recently the College of St. Mary in Omaha. I also visited with Sisters in both locales.
You can learn more about the Sisters of Mercy justice work here.