A Call to Unifying Love

Dear OLP Community,

We reach out today in this time of unrest across San Diego County and our nation. As we experience the struggles of isolation, separation from families, and the COVID-19 health pandemic, recent events have brought even more tumult to our lives. This is a time of tremendous pain and grief in response to the tragic killing of George Floyd, and the many men and women before him who have suffered as a result of systemic racism in our society.

As we see and experience deep pain, our heart’s call as a CSJ community is to strive to be beacons of hope to “deepen awareness of our complicity and work toward dismantling interlocking systems of oppression.” Collectively we must be voices for change and models of peace through unifying love.

We are called to remember the 2019 Congregational Chapter Calls to Action of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet that urge us to “Go deeper. Journey farther. Respond boldly. Dare to be prophetic.” The Sisters who make up the CSJ Los Angeles Provincial Leadership Team, in the statement they released yesterday, reminded us, “We are all connected. What happens to one affects us all.”

Yesterday, Bishop McElroy released a statement regarding the recent outcry across the nation. In his letter, he states, “The only authentic moral response to this moment in our nation's history is a sustained conversion of heart and soul to genuinely comprehend the overwhelming evil of racism in our society and to refuse to rest until we have rooted it out.”

OLP is fully committed to the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion, living out our CSJ charism of “unifying love.” Our mission of “serving the dear neighbor without distinction” calls us to listen to the pain that our dear neighbor is experiencing and to stand with them in solidarity. Throughout the history of our Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, they have lovingly worked and fought for justice for all. We must continue this work. We will continue this work.

We stand in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters within the OLP community and across the nation impacted by racism and racial violence. You are seen. You matter. You are loved.

We leave you with this prayer centered on weaving inclusive love from Sister Joanne Gallagher, CSJ.

God Bless,

Dr. Lauren Lek                     Jessica Hooper
Head of School                     Assistant Head of School

Weaving Inclusive Love
By Joanne Gallagher, CSJ

God of inclusive love,
Enflame our hearts with the fire of your love
That we may build bonds of relationship and respect among all.

Our story springs from a small group of courageous women.
They were lacemakers who wove a pattern of inclusive love
Across France and across our world.

More than three and a half centuries later we continue to tell the story
Of how this pattern continues to weave across our world.
Deepen our awareness that our work is a ministry
That weaves the story of inclusive love
Throughout the neighborhood of the universe.

May the sacred threads of this story impel us to action-
Action that stirs up love in our world
And calls us to weave the threads of your generous love
Into the fiber of our beings and these activities our daily lives.

That All May Be One
Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph
Martha Malinski, Editor