We Are All One: Pride Parade 2017

 

"You are made in the image of God"

Sisters and friends participating in the St. Louis Pride Parade gather around the CSJ van.

By Abby Blaes, Communications Intern

In a current climate that often breeds distrust and ignorance, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis are making strides towards acceptance and inclusivity.  This includes the LGBTQ community.  The perfect place the CSJs have found to show their support has been to participate in the St. Louis Pride Parades.  On June 25, sisters, associates, friends and allies gathered together around the CSJ van to begin their march through the streets of St. Louis.

Surrounded by such positivity and love, Sister Clare Bass described the crowd’s gratitude for the sisters’ presence.  “This year we handed out buttons that said ‘You are made in the image of God’ and Mardi Gras beads.  People really appreciated the message on the buttons.  The support from the crowd is always overwhelming and beautiful.”

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet's 2013 Acts of Chapter states, “We commit ourselves to stand in solidarity with and support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in our quest for inclusion and justice, knowing that Jesus welcomed everyone to the table respecting the dignity of every human person.”  S. Clare urged that the sisters' participation in the Pride Parade is one way to live out this solidarity. 

Sister Nancy Marsh echoed S. Clare saying, “We marched in loving support for this community as CSJs serving and loving the dear neighbor without distinction … The theme of Pride St. Louis was community pride.  We are all one!”

S. Clare says that the sisters intend to return to the parade next year, in larger numbers and with equal enthusiasm.  “We hope to have a booth again as it allows us to spend more time to listen and share with those around.” She says, “It is important to keep being involved and present at such events of solidarity."

S. Nancy says, “We marched as individuals, as a group, and as a community … The support by the parade watchers was overwhelming and demonstrated to us that we are where we need to be.”

June 2017

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