The Visitation Racial Justice Committee (VRJC) is committed to exploring and implementing ways in which the entire Visitation community -
the overall parish, school and other parish ministries -
can work to support racial justice, education and inclusion.
Inspired by Pope Francis' caution that "we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form of racism" and by the U.S. Bishops' exhortation to "fight the evil of racism by educating [ourselves], reflecting on [our] personal thoughts and actions, listening to the experiences of those who have been affected by racism, and by developing and supporting programs that help repair the damages caused by racial discrimination," the committee firmly believes that, as a predominantly white community, our first work is to examine our own prejudices as well as the reality and effects of systemic racism.
As Members We Work To:
Look at our own biases, reflect on and develop our own Christian-rooted response to racism.
Foster prayer, active listening, dialogue and action
on behalf of racial justice.
Read, discuss and share 'Open Wide our Hearts-The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism' by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Fundraise for programs to support racial justice like
Christo Rey Student Aid Fund.
Offer opportunities to continue education for our community in and around the topic of racial diversity & inclusion (i.e. 'Just Faith Series').
Shop & share businesses, explore venues and parks in underserved areas.
Host speakers & cultural events to promote diversity
in our community.
Diversity & Inclusion