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Sisters of Charity Federation Issues Letter Regarding Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s and Slavery

In acknowledgement of and with respect to Black History Month in the United States and Canada, the Sisters of Charity Federation shared a letter confirming that the original Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s had some involvement with slavery. The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, and five other congregations of Sisters trace their early roots back to the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The letter contains an apology from the member Congregations of the Federation and asks for forgiveness. Click here to read the letter.

The Sisters of Charity Federation has provided a list of questions and answers related to this research. We encourage our friends, colleagues, and supporters to review the information provided in the document. Click here to access Federation Q&A

We, the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, fully support the Federation letter and join our member congregations in asking for forgiveness. As a Community we desire to act justly and build loving relationships. As we continue to serve those in need, we promise to continue to strive for racial equality so that all of us can be part of the healing process. The Love of Christ Urges Us.       

Questions can be directed to: Susan Oxley, Communications Coordinator, Sisters of Charity Federation, 262-492-2730 | soxley@sistersofcharityfederation.org

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