Catholic Sisters Leadership Council Statement on Trump Administration's Intent to End DACA

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 | PITTSBURGH, PA – As the collective voice of women religious throughout our region, the Catholic Sisters Leadership Council of Western Pennsylvania (CSLC) cannot remain silent in light of the injustice being perpetrated upon one of our country's vulnerable populations. By rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Trump Administration and the Department of Justice are acting in violation of one of the critical moral pillars upon which our country was built.

Each of the 16 religious communities that CSLC represents comes from diverse ethnic backgrounds but had its beginnings in the United States to serve a common purpose -- to provide education and spiritual enrichment for immigrant families. That purpose has not changed, as we continue to serve all of God's people, including the poor in schools, hospitals, social services and parishes. Read Full Statement Here

 

Catholic Sisters Leadership Council Statement on Trump Administration's Immigration Restrictions

FEBRUARY 1, 2017 | PITTSBURGH, PA – “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” – Leviticus 19:33-34

We are ALL Immigrants. As representatives of more than 17 communities of Catholic Sisters serving in western Pennsylvania, we are united by our shared immigrant heritage and are compelled to continue to speak up for those who have no voice.

Our founding Sisters were immigrants or daughters of immigrants. Some orders came to America centuries ago, and others were formed here to serve the needs of a young nation filled with the hope and promise of freedom for all. We share a mission to serve the poor and oppressed, which in the early days of the United States included immigrant populations from Europe in need of spiritual guidance, education, healthcare, compassion and mercy. Read Full Statement Here

PATH to Justice

PATH to Justice is a committee of the Catholic Sisters Leadership Council (CSLC) that addresses Gospel justice with a focus on issues current and relevant to south-western Pennsylvania. The CSLC is a collaboration of communities of Catholic sisters serving western Pennsylvania.

PATH to Justice was formed in 2004 to join in solidarity with Catholic sisters across the country who, under the auspices of the Leadership Council of Women Religious, resolved to ad-dress the trafficking of women and children. In 2008, PATH to Justice expanded its focus to include comprehensive immigration reform

CLICK HERE to visit the PATH to Justice website.

Sisters Place

Sisters Place Inc. is a supportive housing community committed to assisting single parent families who are homeless in southwestern Pennsylvania. Its mission is to assist such families toward self-sufficiency by providing housing and supportive services.

Sisters Place was founded in 1993 by the CSLC ( then, the Tri-Diocesan Sisters Leadership Conference) as an outgrowth of their interest in serving the poor in the community. Because of their extensive experience with this needy population, the group recognized the critical need of many impoverished families for stable housing and supportive services as they work to make lasting, positive changes in their lives.

Sisters Place is located in Clairton, Pa. The organization provides both transitional and permanent housing to single parents. The transitional housing program is limited to two years and focuses on young mothers between the ages of 18 and 26. The permanent housing program provides housing indefinitely to single parents (and their children) who have a disability.

Each family resides in their own townhouse located in a larger housingcomplex called Century Townhomes. Sisters Place initially purchased and renovated 20 individual townhouses in 1996. The scattered site arrangement allows for anonymity, especially important for families who have escaped domestic violence.

An after-school program and summer camp experience is provided to the children in both of the residential programs.

CLICK HERE to visit the Sisters Place website.