By participating in a non-violent protest at the School of the Americas/WHINSEC in November, then serving two months in a federal prison in West Virginia, Sister Diane Pinchot (pictured at left) bore witness to the Ursuline mission of transforming society.
That witness extended far and wide, as evidenced by the 600 letters she received while incarcerated at Alderson Federal Prison.
Individuals who wrote in support represented more than half the states in the Union: 29 states* plus the District of Columbia. World neighbors also showed support from Canada, Costa Rica and Bolivia.
Approximately 100 Ursuline Sisters wrote in solidarity. They were joined by religious men and women from the following congregations: Dominicans, Franciscans, Jesuits, Notre Dames, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Sisters of the Humility of Mary, Congregation of St. Joseph, Sisters of Charity, and Sisters of the Presentation. Numbered among the bishops who wrote to Sister Diane were retired Cleveland Bishop Anthony M. Pilla and Bishop Michael Carr of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Also included in the letter writing effort were students at Ursuline College and Loyola College in Maryland.
One Ursuline made a very big difference and she was joined by many who are trying to "be the change" we wish to see in our world.
* Arizona, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming.