Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, NY Respond to the Conviction of Derek Chauvin
Statement, April 21, 2021
As Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, NY, our rootedness in the Gospel of Jesus, calls us to deepen our awareness of the grave systemic injustices of our times.
The verdict levied on Derek Chauvin on all counts of murder and manslaughter for the murder of George Floyd has brought an accountability for racially biased acts of violence.
In our recent Chapter 2021, we the Sisters of St. Joseph committed ourselves to personal, congregation, and systemic transformation as we desire to address racism in all its forms. We acknowledge the culpability of our own biases and our participation in oppressive social, political and religious policies and practices. We will apply our resources, network and partner, and create ongoing formation and educational opportunities to address systemic racism so that justice is restored, in particularly among black, indigenous and persons of color, all of whom are our dear neighbors.
We commit ourselves to the risk and cost of fostering right and just relationships among all our sisters and brothers and Earth, our common home. We hold in heart and prayer the family of George Floyd and all families who have lost a loved one through the violence of oppressive systems. We ask God for the grace to be a healing and non-violent presence in our world.