End the Violence, Change the Systems, Transform Ourselves: A Pledge in the aftermath of the Mass Shooting in Colorado Springs


Springfield, Ill.—In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Colorado Springs on November 19, the elected leadership of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield today reaffirmed their opposition to exclusion and violence and pledged to work together with members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to halt the cycle of violence and initiate a path toward right relationship “particularly with those impacted by the misuse of power.”

“We join our sisters in LCWR to ‘work toward a world where reverence for all living beings finds expression in an approach to life free from violence,’” said Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP. She is the prioress general of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield and the president of LCWR, an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic Sisters in the United States.

With all LCWR members we “stand inn opposition to all forms of exclusion and violence committed against any member of the human family” and “‘pledge to address the root causes of violence within ourselves as we examine our own thinking, words, beliefs, and actions that perpetuate discord in our relationships and our circles of influence,’” Sister Rebecca Ann said, quoting from a statement released by LCWR on November 21.

Read the full statement here.

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