HM Statement on Jacksonville, Florida Shooting
We, Sisters of the Humility of Mary, are deeply outraged by the violence against people of color in our country. We unite our voices, hearts and prayers with the many groups and organizations that are speaking out against the systemic racism and continued violence against people of color.
We are united in grief over repeated senseless killings of our Black Siblings including most recently in Jacksonville, Florida of Angela Carr, Anolt Laguerre, Jr. and Jerrald De’Shaun Gallion.
We join in solidarity with our Black Siblings in demanding justice and join our voices in calling for an end to racism in all forms.
We acknowledge our own complicity with the evil of racism. We ask forgiveness for our failures in awareness and in speaking out more effectively against this evil.
We pray that our hearts may be opened to hear the cries of our Black Siblings, that we find the strength and courage to respond to their call and find ways to create space for everyone to breathe.
We commit ourselves to do our part in bringing about more abundant life by holding each other accountable and rooting out systemic racial injustices as we share the love of Jesus through the message of the Gospel and the witness of our lives.
-Sister Carol Anne Smith, HM, Pastoral Leader, Sisters of the Humility of Mary
-Sister Annette Solma, HM, Sister Anne Victory, HM, and Sister Margaret Marszal, HM, Sisters of the Humility of Mary Leadership Team