Sisters of the Humility of Mary Join Call for an End to Racism and Violence
June 2, 2020, Villa Maria, PA — We, Sisters of the Humility of Mary, unite our voices, hearts and prayers with the many groups and organizations that are speaking out against the racism and violence directed to people of color in our own cities and country.
“I can’t breathe.”
We, the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, are deeply outraged by the continual violence against people of color in our country.
We are united in grief over the senseless killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and countless others.
We stand in solidarity with our Black sisters and brothers in demanding justice and join our voices in calling for an end to racism in all forms.
We acknowledge our own responsibility for 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 sisters and brothers, 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.
Coronavirus Precautions Implemented at Villa Maria Community Center
The HM Leadership Team has been closely monitoring the information about COVID-19 and has decided to implement precautionary measures at Villa Maria Community Center as suggested by the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state and local agencies.
To that effect, the Villa Maria Campus will be closed to all guests until further notice in order to protect the health and well-being of our sister residents. Included in the closure are all areas of the main building: Magnificat Chapel, the sisters’ living spaces, the dining room, meeting rooms, and the swimming pool. Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center (VMESC), located on the Villa Maria Campus, has also cancelled all programs, retreats, and hosted groups through mid-July.
This closure was effective March 12, 2020.
There are no current cases of COVID-19 at the Villa.
We appreciate your kind understanding and your help in keeping our sisters healthy, and we hope to see you back at the Villa once the risks have passed.
For more information on COVID-19, please see the CDC guidelines at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html