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A Call for Nonviolence

We, the Congregations of Women Religious of this area, are deeply saddened that our country has made a preemptive strike against the people of Iraq.

We grieve the senseless loss of life of Iraqi citizens and of our own men and women in military service. We pray for all those who have been drawn into this war voluntarily or involuntarily, whether military or civilian.

We lament that our country has ignored the pleas of our world neighbors

  • To let the UN inspections work
  • To find a diplomatic solution to this conflict
  • To exercise the restraint appropriate to a great nation.

We believe that this act of aggression violates our national soul and betrays our cherished foundational values.

We share the recent sentiments expressed by Pope John Paul II:

When war, as in these days in Iraq, threatens the fate of humanity, it is ever more urgent to proclaim, with a strong and decisive voice, that only peace is the road to follow to construct a more just and united society.

We beg our leaders to pursue a coordinated, nonviolent international response to the crisis at hand.

  • Sister Monique Belanger, OP - Provincial, Dominican Sisters of the Roman Congregation, Iowa City
  • Sister Bernadine Curoe, SVM - President, Sisters of the Visitation, Dubuque
  • Sister Jude Fitzpatrick, CHM - President, Sisters of Humility, Davenport
  • Sister Toni Harris, OP - Prioress, Dominican Sisters, Sinsinawa
  • Sister Dorothy Heiderscheit, OSF - President, Franciscan Sisters, Dubuque
  • Sister Marilyn Huegerich, OSF - President, Franciscan Sisters, Clinton
  • Sister Ruth Ksycki, OSB - Prioress, Benedictine Sisters, Rock Island
  • Sister Mary Jo Loebig, OCD - Prioress, Carmelite Nuns, Eldridge
  • Sister Joellen McCarthy, BVM - President, Sisters of Charity, BVM, Dubuque
  • Sister Susan O'Connor, RSM - President, Sisters of Mercy, Cedar Rapids
  • Sister Joy Peterson, PBVM - President, Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque
  • Sister Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA - President, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, LaCrosse

Endorsed Statements

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