Our right, our duty

Jesus changed the way the world thinks with His unexpected actions.

He defended a sinner (the woman being stoned), talked with a woman from a taboo group (Samaritin at the well), healed an aggressive captor (the ear of the Roman soldier), just to name a few.

Jesus' message was clear -- all people have a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and all people have a duty to treat everyone, regardless of whether they're like us or not, with dignity and respect.

Respect and compassion are two cornerstones of Ursuline Sisters Mission and all we do.

Not only do we promote this Gospel message in our own programs, we also engage with community partners to further these ideals.

From left: Sarah, Karrington Griffin of the Youngstown Business Incubator, Derrick McDowell of the Youngstown Flea, and Elyse Gessler, YSU professor who was the host.

Sarah Chill, Education Programs director, participated in an April 11 panel gathered by Youngstown State University's Williamson College of Business Administration to discuss the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the workplace. Vicki Vicars, our Mission, Equity and Inclusion director, facilitated our involvement.

We've been a community partner of YSU for many years, offering service learning and other volunteer opportunities to students.

St. Angela Merici founded the Ursulines in 1535. Her 7th counsel reminds us why the lessons reminding us of our rights and our duties regarding dignity and respect are important: "For if it is Jesus who directs and teaches you, you will be well taught."