Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) introduced a resolution today recognizing and commending the inspiring services Catholic Sisters provide to our nation. Approximately 220,000 Catholic sisters have served in the United States since the country was founded.
"I wholeheartedly support the nuns for organizing a multi-state bus trip that will highlight the work done by Catholic Sisters to meet the needs of people at the economic margins," DeLauro said. "This trip is crucial for calling attention to the impact the devastating budget cuts contained in the Ryan budget--recently passed by the House of Representatives--will have on anti-hunger, health care and other programs that support the most vulnerable in our society, particularly during difficult economic times.
"As someone who attended Catholic schools and was taught by the Sisters for 16 years, I have the highest level of appreciation and respect for the work these women do to make our nation stronger. Fortified by a deep faith and an unwavering commitment to the common good, these women dedicate their lives to serving the people of this country, especially the poor, the sick and the marginalized. I applaud the nuns for their work on the front lines serving the poor and needy and this resolution is but one way we in Congress can show our support."
Kaptur said: "In selfless service, U.S. Catholic professed women have given their lives for others. Unlike most people, including their Church counterparts, they have pledged their lives to poverty, chastity, and obedience. Catholic sisters have educated millions of our citizens, founded universities, high schools, and hospitals, nursing homes, cared for the sick, imprisoned, frail, and dying. They are truly instruments of peace and reconciliation."
A group of Catholic sisters, led by NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, launched their nuns' bus tour today in Iowa. The tour focuses on how the Ryan budget will hurt struggling Americans at the economic margins.