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Charism & Mission

"Our charism of peace challenges us to prophetic risk so that God's reign might be more fully realized." (Constitution 12)

"Our call to peacemaking permeates all aspects of our lives together." (Constitution 15)


"We live in community.

Our presence to one another

enables, sustains and challenges us

to be responsive to our mission."

(Constitution 16)


"Recognizing gospel peace as both gift and task,

we believe that prayer is fundamental to our life.

Our intimacy with God

unifies our prayer and activity

so that we are moved to action by prayer

while action urges us to pray.

In unity with the church

and with all of creation

we give praise and thanks to the Giver of all gifts.

We open ourselves to the liberating power of God

whose Spirit in us leads to peace." (Constitution 28)


"Our history calls us to a special love

for those who are poor.

The weight of suffering and oppression

borne by so many people today,

especially those who are economically poor,

cries out to us for action.

Our response demands a firm commitment

to work for justice

in solidarity with our sisters and brothers." (Constitution 21)

Chapter Commitments

The Congregation Chapter is the highest

decision-making body in the congregation.

In this event we celebrate our unity,

renew our life and spirit,

reflect together on the call of the gospel,

and make decisions in fidelity to our charism.

(Constitution 100)

Read about our Chapter Commitments to radical hospitality, care of creation and climate change, and nonviolence.

Charism & Mission

"If our role as messengers of God’s good news means anything to us, the chorus of people begging for peace will touch a special place in our hearts. "

Patricia Lynch, CSJP