October 9, 2020
The following is a statement from the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee of Cleveland (JPIC-CLE), which is composed of representatives (both religious and lay) from congregations of Catholic women religious who have been serving in northeast Ohio for over 175 years and two lay women.
An authentic faith … always involves a deep desire
to change the world,
to transmit values,
to leave this earth somehow better than we found it.
These challenging words of Pope Francis in his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium were echoed by Congressman John Lewis in 2012 when he said: “My dear friends: Your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.”
In the midst of a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, a broken immigration system, racial inequity and devastating evidence of the perils of climate change, this election calls us as never before to approach our precious right to vote knowing that we stand on holy ground. Pope Francis, our bishops, and religious and lay voices from all areas of the Church have spoken to that responsibility. Like so much of the discussion these months, their messages reflect a wide diversity of thought.
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, resumed some small group programming in early September. Please visit vmesc.org for more details.
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