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The Call of Pope Francis: Become Instruments of Peace

March 22, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Deanery 2 Presents: A Day of Reflection on Social Justice: Faith, Justice, Action!

The Call of Pope Francis: Become Instruments of Peace

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Arthur Liebscher, S.J.

Fr. Liebscher is a professor at Santa Clara University with first hand experience in Argentina working with Cardinal Jorge Borgoglio (now Pope Francis).

Many workshops to choose from including Charity to Justice, Care for God’s Creation, Human Trafficking, Immigration, Restorative Justice, Immersion Experiences, and more.   All participants will be able to take as many as three workshops.

Information and displays from many justice groups will be available:  Catholic Charities, Pax Christi, Sacred Heart Community Services, Global Solidarity, Cathedral Gift Shop, Catholic Green Initiative and more!

Registration (includes lunch): $15 (received by March 10) – $20 at the door

For more information:  Contact Susan Olsen at 650-494-2496, ext. 25 or email at suolsen@dsj.org. Click here to download a registration form.


Human Trafficking:  Modern-Day Slavery….In my back yard? Sr. Caritas Foster, presenter
An opportunity to look at Human Trafficking–labor and sexual exploitation–around the globe, within our nation, state and region.  Learn  how you can identify and support those exploited through Human Trafficking.

Fair Trade: Justice in Practice. Bill Perry, Brendan Cunning and Anne Maloney, presenters
Each of us is called to do our part as consumers to ensure that the global economy works for everyone. Fair Trade creates the opportunities for us to make conscious choices to purchase Fair Trade items, putting the values of Catholic social teaching into action, and working to realize our vision of economic justice.

Pope Francis:  SERVE, ACCOMPANY, and DEFEND the Poor! – How do we do it better? Stan Fitzgerald, presenter
Pope Francis calls us to care for the poor, the marginalized, and all those in need through his words and actions.  What is he calling us to do?  How do we continue doing our good works of charity and grow them to create a more just world for all? How do we fulfill God’s mission for us here on earth? 

The Shifting Landscape of Immigration Reform Sr. Elizabeth Avalos, BVM and Sr. Marilyn Wilson, presenters
Our Catholic faith acknowledges that each person has inherent dignity because she or he is created in the image and likeness of God.  Because of this, all our national policies, including our immigration policies, should respect and protect the dignity of each person.  Immigration reform is nothing new.  In the past five years this struggle for reform has intensified and keeps shifting. Where are we now?  What can be done?  What can you do as a Christian?  As a citizen?

Restorative Justice:  Biblical Foundations/Current Applications Sr. MaryAnn Cantlon, presenter
What is restorative justice?  How do our Sacred Scriptures teach us to respond when we have been wronged or have wronged others?  How may we apply these teachings to our current penal system?

The Transformational Power of Immersion: Student Stories Anne Maloney, Moderator
Listen to stories from young people who have ministered to the poor in a variety of settings throughout the world, leaving their homes to immerse themselves in another culture and way of life.

The Joy of the Gospel: Following Jesus at the San Jose Catholic Worker Fumi Tosu, MDiv, Presenter
How can we follow the Christ of the poor in our own city? How do we live as if the Gospels were true and the Kingdom of God really was at hand?  Explore the various elements of the Catholic Worker tradition including personalism, nonviolence, the works of mercy, community, and voluntary poverty through stories from Casa de Clara, a house of hospitality for homeless women and children.

The Plight of the Migrant….Kino Immersion, Nogales, Arizona/Mexico Barbara & Doug Harper, Presenters
Why do migrants leave their homes and enter our country undocumented?  What are the risks, challenges, and consequences they face?  Explore how an immersion experience can transform your life while it transforms the lives of others.

California People of Faith Working for Life Terry McCaffrey, Presenter
Is the death penalty an act of justice or injustice?  Why should we work to bring an end to this means of punishment for our most serious crimes?  What can we do to insure dignity and justice for all?

How Green Is My Valley?  Strategies for Sustaining Our Planet Gerard McGuire, Presenter
Caring for God’s creation and making our planet sustainable for future generations is our every day responsibility.  How has one faith community put this principle into action?  What can be done at home, in our businesses, schools, and communities to  make a sustainable planet a reality? 

Option for the Poor Next Door – Vincentian Principles Sr. Paul & Jean Smith, Daughters of Charity, Presenters
How do we care for the poor in our own communities.  St. Vincent de Paul offers principles and guidelines for reaching out to those in need to provide them with the basic necessities of life.  Hear how these principles are applied with work in our local community in East Palo Alto.

Click here to download a registration form.


March 22, 2014
8:00 am - 2:30 pm


St. Albert the Great Church
1095 Channing Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States
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