Sunday, May 2, 2021

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It is a celebration of all Asian and Pacific Islanders that encompasses all of the Asian Continent and from places like New Guine, Fiji, Guam, New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Samoa, America Samoa, Tonga, French Polynesia and more. What originally started as a one-week observance in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter blossomed into a month-long celebration of all Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Since the start the pandemic, our nation has witnessed an alarming irse in the number of violent attacks directed toward members of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. These incidents, now numbering approximately 4,000 and representing a 150% escalation of such attacks, are deemed attributable to the use racially charged rhetoric associating Asians with the origin of the coronavirus. 

As Catholics, we are called upon to oppose all forms and expressions of racism, and we recognize that all people of color have been subject to racial violence. Consequently we, the members of Catholic Racial Justice Collaborative, condemn these attacks that target the AAPI community, we mourn the loss life that has resulted, and we pledge to stand as allies with our Asian sisters and brothers toward the goal of racial healing and reconciliation.

The Catholic Racial Justice Collaborative is a multiracial group of Catholics from parishes and religious organizations throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis. We strive to be Catholic voice, heard above the din, urging our faith communities to acknowledge the history of racism in society and in our Church and to challenge its perpetuation. Our hope is to encourage meaningful interracial dialogue, to compel action that leads to racial justice, and in so doing, to more fully live the Gospel

From St. Pius V Catholic Church - Peggy Stein and S. Gen Cassani SSND are members of the Collaborative. 

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