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Press Release: NETWORK Nuns Launch Nine-state Bus Tour Highlighting How Federal Budget Cuts Harm Struggling Families

FOR RELEASE: June 6, 2012                                                          

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,

Washington: NETWORK today announced a multi-state bus trip by Catholic Sisters highlighting the work Sisters do to meet the needs of people at the economic margins and revealing how federal budget cuts proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and passed by the House of Representatives will hurt struggling families in these states. 

The tour is called, “Nuns on the Bus: Nuns Drive for Faith, Family and Fairness.”

The Sisters will board the bus in Ames, Iowa on June 18 and make stops in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, where the trip will end on July 2. Along the way, they will visit Catholic-sponsored social service agencies that serve people who will be further harmed by proposed budget cuts, and they will meet with congressional offices to advocate for a fair budget. Local Church and political officials and the media are invited to meet with the Sisters during their daily stops.

The Vatican recently criticized Catholic Sisters in the U.S. for spending too much time working for social justice instead of speaking out on issues such as gay marriage and abortion. Despite the controversy, Catholic Sisters stand with the Bishops in criticizing the Ryan budget and are committed to staying faithful to their mission to serve those in need. Because of their work, Sisters see the suffering of people in poverty on a daily basis.