Statement from the Sisters of Charity Health System:
As Catholic health ministry, we affirm that each person is sacred and worthy of our deepest reverence. We are appalled by the recent killings of Black Americans by law enforcement officials, and acknowledge the deep grief and anger now being expressed.
The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others in similar circumstances remind us that racism continues to cast a long shadow across our nation. Structural racism is also manifesting significantly today through the disproportionate deaths of Black Americans and other people of color from COVID-19. We must respond in a renewed commitment to justice and peace. Let us work in solidarity to end the racism and violence that continues to devastate the health and well-being of too many.
Our foundresses, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine served as the first public health nurses in Cleveland in 1851. They began an enduring legacy of responsive ministry, creative stewardship and an ongoing quest for social justice. Their ministry, which includes the efforts of Sister Henrietta Gorris CSA and her ministry to Hough Neighborhood in the 1960s, has always endeavored to listen, empower and walk alongside marginalized individuals, families and communities.
Today, we extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the families and loved ones of all those who have been victims of racism and violence. Now is the time for our nation to have the courage to stand up for racial justice and understanding. We are all called to help knock down the walls of injustice that will grant future generations of Black Americans access to higher social, economic and political power. We owe it to future generations to keep fighting for social justice, forever.
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