Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns
The Sisters of Mercy were founded out of a deep concern for persons who are poor. Today, that commitment is focused in five "critical concerns" that the Sisters of Mercy address through prayer; attention to personal, communal and institutional choices; education; advocacy with legislators and other government leaders; and corporate engagement.
The Sisters of Mercy believe in the need to work toward the sustainability of life and support movements and legislation that secure the fundamental right to water for everyone, and that address climate change. That leads us to examine our own behaviors and policies and to adopt more environmentally sustainable practices. The Sisters of Mercy also advocate against hydrofracking; against mining that impacts indigenous and impoverished communities; for regulations that protect land, air and water; and for national and international agreements that mitigate climate change and ensure support for those most vulnerable to its effects.
The Sisters of Mercy reverence the dignity of each person and believe everyone has the right to a decent home, livelihood, education and health care. In the United States, The Sisters of Mercy work for just and humane immigration laws, a reduction in deportations that tear families apart, and an end to the detention bed quota. The Sisters of Mercy look at the root causes of immigration, including U.S. policies that contribute to the economic and social conditions that push people to flee their countries, and the global impact of migration through our reality as an international community of women religious.
The Sisters of Mercy work for peace through prayer, education, and personal and communal practices of nonviolence. They support nuclear disarmament, reduction of arms, and the use of dialogue instead of armed conflict. The Sisters of Mercy work to prevent domestic violence and abuse of women and children, stop human trafficking and reduce violence in our communities. That leads us to advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention legislation, an end to the death penalty, an end to the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, and dialogue with Syria and Iran.
The Sisters of Mercy believe racism is an evil affecting us all. They work to mobilize sisters and associates in recognizing and dismantling institutional racism in order to become an anti-racist multicultural community. The Sisters of Mercy advocate for upholding the voting rights of marginalized Americans and for a fair criminal justice system, and point out racism wherever it exists.
The Sisters of Mercy believe that women's education, health and spirituality need special attention. They continue this mission in our schools, colleges, health care institutions and spirituality centers. The Sisters advocate for equal pay, for services for domestic violence victims, and for the rights of girls and women in especially repressive societies.