In the spirit of our Founder, Bishop Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler, who always spoke the truth to justice, the Provincial Leadership Team of Sisters of Divine Providence, along with Sisters and Associates, strongly condemn the January 6, 2021 attacks on the U.S. Capitol and the leaders of our country trapped inside. The blatant racist, white supremacist action that prompted it is even more heinous because it was spurred by those who pledged an oath to protect citizens and uphold the fundamental principles of democracy.
We would be remiss if we did not also acknowledge our own complicity in tolerating systemic racism by unquestioning participation in the trappings of white privilege, by our silence, and our lack of action, both as individuals and as members of a Catholic institution.
We pray that our Provident God will guide and strengthen both our elected leaders and all citizens in the days to come as we work to restore peace, civility, and faith in our diversity.
As a sign of our commitment to strive to make God’s Providence visible by presence and advocacy, we will designate January 20, 2021, Inauguration Day, as a day of fasting and prayer. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel at Providence Heights.
We hope you will join with us, either privately or through video stream: https://video.ibm.com/channel/Q4zW6rUvwPq