The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is a pontifical religious institute, whose members are committed to God and to the Church by the profession of the public vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The charism of the sisters is Love, which continues to manifest itself today in the sisters’ joyful service of God and his people; creative hope, which puts all its confidence in God’s loving providence; and fidelity, which inspires fervor in their vocation in Christ and in their mission in the Church. The Immaculata branch of the Congregation comprises approximately 900 sisters who currently staff Catholic schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida and in the South American countries of Peru and Chile. The sisters also serve the Church in pastoral and other religious ministries in other states as well.
Death Penalty Statement
We the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary declare our opposition to the use of the death penalty. We abhor the violence in our world and our hearts go out to all persons who have been victims of violence.While we recognize the need to protects society from perpetrators of violence, we firmly believe that the inhumane killing of convicted criminals never was and never will be a solution to the complex problems of society.
Our Judeo-Christian tradition teaches us the intrinsic God-given dignity of every human person. We believe that all life is sacred and that it is morally unacceptable for any human being to take the life of another. We believe that the use of the death penalty diminishes the moral quality of our own lives and communities and contributes to the brutal cycle of violence.
We commit ourselves to work for the use of alternate, compassionate and creative ways to address the effects of violence in the world and to strengthen the moral fabric of society.