NETWORK's Nuns on the Bus Rolls into St. Louis


Sisters Kathleen Crowley, Clare Bass, Ida Berresheim, Barbara Jennings and Mary Flick

"Mend the Gaps: Reweaving the Fabric of Society"

Affordable housing was front and center when the Nuns on the Bus rolled into St. Louis on July 14. Meeting with members of the neighborhood’s Voices of Women group, NETWORK executive director and tour organizer, Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, and others from the bus walked the neighborhood then spoke to a crowd of more than 60 who gathered at the Southside Housing Coalition’s Midtown Center on South Boyle Avenue. The area is undergoing gentrification, and previously affordable houses now are out of the economic range of the local population. Sister Simone spoke of the need to “reweave the fabric of our society,” and the seven policy areas that can make change happen.

“The political cycle is a little depressing these days,” Sister Simone said. “We must hold onto the gospel, which tells us to, ‘Fear not.’ The policies of the 1980s got us into this. That means it doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to change reality by changing policies. We have to mend the gaps.”

St. Louis was the fifth of 21 stops planned by this, the fifth Nuns on the Bus tour since 2012. The tour’s destinations are Cleveland and Philadelphia, sites of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, respectively.

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 Sister Simone Campbell, SSS                                   Sister Clare Bass, CSJ

By Sister Mary Flick

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