The Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict have joined the Catholic Cares Coalition in promoting COVID-19 vaccine equity in the U.S. and around the world. As a religious community of Catholic sisters, we strongly value working alongside others, drawing on Catholic social teaching, to promote the common good for all and serve those who are underserved or marginalized.
As a member of the CatholicCares Coalition, we intend to work toward the implementation of the Coalition’s three core goals for participating organizations:
- Leverage their communication channels and resources to share consistent information about the importance and moral responsibility of individuals to accept a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
- Provide human, spiritual, and pastoral support for those struggling to understand, affirm, and act on Catholic social teaching, including the teachings of Pope Francis and the U.S. Catholic Bishops.
- Advocate for the equitable distribution of the vaccine in the U.S. and globally.
We recognize and appreciate the goals of the CatholicCares Coalition and look forward to joining the effort to encourage Catholics to recognize the moral reasons for “taking personal responsibility in an effort to end the pandemic so that society, particularly the most vulnerable, can attain physical, mental, and economic wellness.”