The Peace and Justice Committee at Holy Name Monastery in St. Leo, FL encouraged all the sisters and volunteers to wear orange on June 7 which is designated as Gun Violence Awareness Day as a way to show support for groups working toward an end to gun violence. The color orange is used because it is worn by hunters to protect themselves. There are more guns than people in the United States. “We’ve seen too many shootings and too often lately” said Sr. Mary David. “We, Benedictine Sisters of Florida do what we can – pray, sign petitions, call legislators, wear orange.”
The sisters at St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, MN made a similar statement the first weekend in June. In collaboration with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the sisters wore orange. They also hung posters in the monastery buildings to promote information and encouraged others to wear orange. On Sunday they set up a table in the monastery gathering space so people coming to Sunday Eucharist had access to information about the movement.