Category Archives: Sister Karen Donahue

Racismo: La palabra que no aparece en Laudato Si’

November 16, 2015

Por la Hermana Sister Karen Donahue, RSM

Sisters Cora Marie and Rose Marie discuss strategies for dismantling racism at a recent anti-racism workshop.

La palabra «racismo» no aparece en «Laudato Si’». A primera vista esto parece ser una omisión grave. Sin embargo, creo que el Papa Francisco nos llama a una conversión más profunda y esencial si vamos a desmantelar el racismo.

Como mujer blanca, he tenido que enfrentar mi superioridad racial interiorizada y profundizar mi comprensión de cómo los sistemas económicos, políticos y culturales funcionan para mi beneficio y el de otras personas blancas.   Read More »

The Declaration of Independence: A Dream Deferred for Many

July 3, 2014

By Sister Karen D., member of Mercy’s anti-racism team

cc license (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo shared by John Dalton

cc license (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo shared by John Dalton

Makeshift tents are popping up at intersections offering a full range of fireworks. Red, white and blue-frosted cupcakes grace supermarket shelves. The sound of firecrackers can be heard echoing in the distance. For Americans these are all unambiguous signs that the Fourth of July, the annual celebration of freedom commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, is just around the corner.

Like many, I have taken pride in those noble words of the Declaration:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

However, my experiences as a member of the Sisters of Mercy’s Anti-Racism Team has made me aware of the structural racism that is embedded in the very foundations of our country, prompting me to look at the Declaration with new eyes.   Read More »

Responding to the plight of immigrants in Michigan

May 20, 2013

By Sister Karen D.

God’s love has no borders!

Immigration reform must be just.

Stop Deportations Stop Ripping Families ApartEach Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. a small group of us gather on the corner of Jefferson and Mt Elliott in downtown Detroit to remind motorists (and a few pedestrians) that immigration reform must be just. We hold a sign with this message and say the rosary for the thousands of immigrants held in jails, prisons and detention centers across the country. This site was chosen because it is the location of the Detroit offices of the Department of Homeland Security, the government agency that has jurisdiction over immigration. Read More »

Is this the fast that I seek? (Isaiah 58: 5)

March 30, 2012

By Sister Karen D.

This challenging question from the Prophet Isaiah provided the backdrop for Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2012, held in Washington,D.C., March 23-26, 2012. More than seven hundred people representing mostly Christian denominations gathered to reflect on our current political reality and commit to action.

At a time when appeals to religion are playing a huge roll in our political process, speaker after speaker called us to examine closely what is understood by religion in these contexts. They reminded us that the scriptural call is clear: We must break unjust fetters, undo the thongs of the yoke, let the oppressed go free, share our bread with the hungry, clothe the naked and shelter the homeless poor. (Isaiah 58: 6-7)

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Religious Investors Address Trafficking at Super Bowl

January 11, 2012

By Sister Karen D.


Since major sporting events are occasions for increased human trafficking activity, the Coalition for Corporate Responsibility in Indiana and Michigan (CCRIM) will be contacting all of the hotels within a 50-mile radius of the location of the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis. The Sisters of Mercy belong to CCRIM through Mercy Investment Services, the single investment program for the Institute and sponsored ministries. Read More »

Mercy Comes Alive on Iowa Campus

October 5, 2011

By Sister Karen D.

The Sisters of Mercy’s Critical Concerns came alive during discussions, classroom presentations and research projects throughout Mercy Mission Week at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Sister Jeanne and I, members of the Justice Team for the West Midwest Community, participated in the variety of activities that week that highlight the Mercy charism and introduce students to the Critical Concerns. The Critical Concerns are Earth, immigration, nonviolence, racism and women. Read More »

We Stand in Solidarity with Immigrants

June 23, 2011

By Sister Karen

Undocumented immigrants are among the most vulnerable among us because their lack of legal standing prevents them from seeking redress for injustices perpetrated against them. Their plight highlights our broken immigration system, the racism that continues to run deep in the fabric of our society, and the underside of corporate-driven globalization that destroys local economies and forces people to migrate in search of work. Read More »