Justice and Peace Commitments

The Catholic Church teaches that our active engagement in the making of Justice and Peace in our world, as well as sustaining the Integrity of God’s Creation, is integral to the faithful following of Jesus and the proclamation of the Gospel.  In keeping with this tradition, the School Sisters of Notre Dame state in the General Directory of their Constitution “a particular concern in all our ministries is the establishment of a just society.” (You Are Sent GD #33). 

The JPIC Department of The Atlantic-Midwest Province of SSND promotes this vision as well as provides opportunities for engagement in the work of justice and peace-making throughout the province and the wider AMSSND network. In responding to the Directional Statement of the General Chapter of 2012 , the Atlantic-Midwest Province members decided that the primary social and ecological issues of concern for the province would be visible in province commitments to "the dignity of life and the care of all creation," with the primary focus areas of Addressing Climate Change, Promoting Justice for Immigrants, Ending Trafficking, Dismantling Racism, and Working toward Sustainable Development in Haiti.

Read the Province Corporate Stance on social and ecological issues.

Providing education as well as opportunities for engagement with these social and environmental commitments of the province, are overseen by province committees under the leadership of the AMSSND JPIC Director, Sr. Arlene Flaherty, O.P.

Learn more about Water Availability and Sustainability

Just Act - Social Justice Resources

On August 28th, 2021, the 58th Anniversary of the March on Washington led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., people from all over the United States will gather again to March On for Voting Rights. 

This August 9th, join a virtual commemoration for speakers to discuss redesigning a new social contract for indigenous peoples, where their own forms...

“Politics is one of the highest forms of charity.” – Pope Francis Please read "Voting: Responsibility and Challenge" and get important voter information.

The Gospel Fund

Gospel FundThe Gospel Fund of the Atlantic-Midwest Province has been established for the purpose of assisting in the financing of projects whose goals are consistent with our congregational mandate to reverence all creation and make the concerns of the poor our own. Twice a year the School Sisters of Notre Dame award grants to organizations working for justice. These groups benefit people, mostly women and children, caught in poverty, human rights abuses, or environmental devastation.

For justice to which we are all called,
and for charity which is a privilege for all of us to offer,
we join our prayers and financial resources
with these organizations and groups
as they work for a more just global community.

Gospel Fund Grantees - March 2021

Gospel Fund Application


Corporate Social Responsibility

These days, there is much discussion about whether divesting the ownership of stocks in a company with troubling practices is an effective tool in changing corporate culture and practices.  Divestment has had success in some situations. For example, divestment helped to dismantle apartheid in South...

As shareholders and in collaboration with other faith-based groups, SSNDs call the world's most powerful companies to address their impacts on people and on our planet. In order to engage a company in discussions concerning their environmental and human rights policies and practices, we must be...

Divesting from the Chevron Corporation, an American multinational energy provider, is one initiative taken by the SSND Cooperative Investment Fund (CIF) in keeping with its sustainable investment strategy for the environment and the care of our common home.