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Justice Outreach

Racine Dominicans Commitment to Social Justice

For many years, the primary focus of the Racine Dominicans was dedicated to the education of youth and the care of the elderly. The Vatican II Council called us to stretch far beyond these commitments. The collaboration of religious communities in Milwaukee led to the establishment of the Justice and Peace Center in the early 1970s. This center provided strong leadership in educating our members in the justice concerns of the 20th century.

Since then, our commitment to the poor and efforts to eradicate injustice have taken us to many parts of the country and beyond our U.S. borders. Our challenge in the new millennium is to address global issues and their linkages to all spheres of life and activity.

In Racine, we are involved in social work, parish ministry, efforts to assist the unemployed, the homeless, the homebound elderly, and those seeking health care, justice education and retreat opportunities.

In carrying out the Racine Dominican mission, "Committed to Truth, Compelled to Justice," each Sister and Associate strives to integrate study, prayer and action. We enjoy collaborative efforts with many local and national groups, as well as worldwide networks, dedicated to similar goals.

The Racine Dominican Justice and Rights Commission, established in 1989, provides a forum to formally address key issues of human rights, social and economic justice, and care for Earth and Church.

 

The Justice and Rights Commission 

The commission is composed of five working focus groups: 

  • Society
  • Anti-racism
  • Politics
  • Church
  • Earth
     
Each group addresses from its own perspective issues related to the community's current chosen priority of nonviolence.  The commission is open to all Racine Dominican sisters and associates.

The purpose of the Justice and Rights Commission is to provide a vehicle for study and action to live out the Racine Dominican mission: Committed to Truth, Compelled to Justice.
 
The following is from a Statement of Principles by the Racine Dominicans that further describes the motivation behind the Justice and Rights Commission:
"We consider it essential to be continually in conversation with the developing mind of the Church. Likewise, we seek to be informed concerning the social conditions of our times and the needs of God's people, especially the poor and dispossessed. We respond in a life of service, which service also takes the form of influencing social structures through education and direct action."
 
The work of the Commission is coordinated by a central council composed of a representative from each of the five focus groups, plus community leadership, and  eight related supportive departments of the Racine Dominican community.
For more information about the Racine Dominican Justice and Rights efforts, contact S. Jean Verber, Justice Outreach Coordinator, at justice@racinedominicans.org