Peace

Concerned about the living situation of many of our sisters and brothers around the world.

Sr. Sharon – Peace

2012-2016 Peacemaking Initiative: We the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, will focus, both personally and communally, on study, reflection and action regarding the Franciscan call to peacemaking, care for the Earth and concern for the poor, in light of our Franciscan Values.

As Franciscan peacemakers, as people concerned about the living situation of many of our sisters and brothers around the world, as supporters of the Earth Charter, the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, OH are concerned about the emphasis on weapons, military systems, and the cost of maintaining and expanding them.

Peacemakers

Sisters' Story

Sister Sharon Havelak

Sister Sharon Havelak

Sister Sharon believes that peace is at the heart of the Gospel message and runs deep in the souls of Franciscans. Every Sunday afternoon she joins the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition, standing on a street corner in town. She says, “It’s probably the least effective thing I do, but the most important. It keeps me grounded in my convictions and makes at least a few people aware of the issue. At least once a week, I can help bring a bit of peace into one little corner of our city. At least once a week I make a public stand for my beliefs. Once a week, I grapple with how I’m called to live in an increasingly violent society and world. Efficiency, after all, is not a Gospel message. But commitment is. So is struggling to come to terms with a God of Peace who calls us to live in peace.“
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