Behind Our Name

The “Dear Neighbor” is a phrase with a long history and deep spirituality rooted in the charisms of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs).  The recent Consensus Statement of the Sisters of St. Joseph professes moving always towards the “profound love of God and the love of neighbor without distinction.”  In light of Catholic Social Teaching’s preferential option for the poor, “dear neighbor” also encompasses deep social commitments and communion especially with our “dear neighbors” who are most vulnerable and marginalized by interlocking systems of oppression and whose voices go tragically unheard or heeded.”

The title of our project asks us to consider a variety of questions: did we welcome the dear neighbor in Ramsey County regardless of race in the past? How have we demonstrated care for our dear neighbor in Ramsey County regardless of race in the present? If we didn’t welcome the dear neighbor historically, what do we do about this in the present?

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