In the spirit of our beloved Foundress Blessed Mary Angela, we serve as twenty-first century instruments of justice and peace, working on behalf of all God’s people who are victims of injustice and violence today. The work of justice and peace is integral to who we are, a foundational element of our lives, inherent in our Felician Franciscan charism, vision and mission.
As part of our mission to cooperate with Christ in the spiritual renewal of the world, we acknowledge that in order to be spiritually renewed, the dignity and well-being of each person must be realized and an environment of respect created for human dignity to thrive.
If you want peace, work for justice.”
Pope Paul VI
We stand with and advocate for those without a voice in our society—the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed, and the vulnerable—to help restore the human dignity and rights of all whom we serve and of all God’s people. We are working to raise awareness of and to help eliminate human trafficking. We proclaim the most essential element of the Gospel in promoting a culture of life. We defend every person’s fundamental right to a life of dignity from conception to natural death, affirming the rights of the unborn, the aging, the terminally ill, and those who are disabled. We work to counteract a culture of violence, encouraging cooperation and peaceful resolution of conflicts on every level of human relations. We support the family and the importance and need for the development of strong and viable families in our society. We are committed to responsible care of the environment as responsible stewards of resources given to us by God’s loving providence.
As followers of the nonviolent Jesus and of Saint Francis of Assisi who saw the face of Christ in everyone he encountered, the Felician Sisters of North America strongly support the abolition of the death penalty.
We believe that the death penalty embodies the culture of violence and death in the United States today. Studies have proven that the death penalty does not deter crime and discriminates among races and against the economically poor and uneducated. Moreover, evidence supports that innocent people have been wrongfully executed.
We prayerfully stand with the families and loved ones of victims, promote action to address the roots of violent behavior, and endorse alternatives to the death penalty.
We look forward to the day when the human dignity of each person is observed in the dispensing of justice and punishment.
This public statement was issued by the Felician Sisters of North America in May 2010 and is being presented to all of its constituencies: dioceses and archdioceses where the Felician Sisters reside and minister, institutions sponsored by the Felician Sisters, professional and religious associates of the province; religious and secular press.