The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking.
On the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, herself a survivor of trafficking, Catholics around the world pray and increase awareness of the issues. Global prayer is intended to unify Catholics across the world to understand the experiences of victims, provide comfort, and help to empower survivors. It can spur us to create societies based on care for people and respect for human dignity.
Our OSF community has officially signed on as participants in this prayer. Our logo is on the list of participants: https://preghieracontrotratta.org/partecipate and our participation will be noted in a letter sent to Pope Francis.
Additionally, our OSF community hosted a livestream prayer service on Monday, February 7, in anticipation of St. Bakhita’s Feast Day. Resident Sisters led us in readings, song, reflection, and prayer to extend the “power of care” in the world.
Community follow-up actions on these issues is ongoing:
- We are urging Wisconsin congressional representatives and senators to support the Safe Harbor bill protecting child victims of sex trafficking in our state.
- Resident Sisters will be making casserole lunches and desserts each month for women healing from abuse and trafficking at Sisters Program South. Casserole-making sessions will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, February 16, March 16, and April 20.