The Collaborative Center for Justice, initiated in January, 1999, is sponsored by six Religious Congregations of Women in Connecticut: Daughters of the Holy Spirit, Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast Community, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur of the United States East – West Providence, Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame. Other Religious Congregations contributing to the support of the Center are: Daughters of Wisdom and School Sisters of Notre Dame. These Congregations represent almost nine hundred women religious and associates in Connecticut.
Rooted in the Gospel and committed to Catholic Social Teaching, the Collaborative Center for Justice advocates for systemic change and educates individuals about social justice in order to make a difference in the lives of people who are poor and alienated.
The vision of the Collaborative Center for Justice is to model a collaborative style of leadership that maximizes the strength of diverse resources unifying them in the work toward justice by:
- developing and implementing a plan for educating women religious and others to act regarding issues of injustice,
- advocating for people who are poor, marginalized, and victims of injustice through monitoring legislation and promoting systemic change for the common good,
- empowering people who are poor and unjustly treated to speak and act on their own behalf,
- developing and fostering communication links with other agencies, interfaith groups and networks engaged in social justice matters.
“Not just advocating for change, but activating change for the common good”