The 6th Annual Social Justice
Convocation, “A Pastoral Priority for the New Evangelization,” will take place
on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The day long program will be held at
the Pastoral Center for the Archdiocese of Boston, 66 Brooks Dr, Braintree,
To register using Constant Contact, click here.
Our Holy Father has proclaimed his deep commitment to Catholic Social Teaching and the Social Ministry of the Church. We too are called to deepen our commitment to social justice through faithful service in our local parishes.
Objectives of Convocation:
- Education – what does Catholic Social Teaching call us to be? To do?
- Awareness - what kinds of activities and programs are currently underway?
- Advocacy – what can people in our local parishes do to help?
- Networking – how can people connect to pursue common goals?
Holy Mass: celebrated byCardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, Celebrant, with music provided by Meyer Chambers and the Archdiocesan Black Catholic Choir
Keynote Address: Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Social Services – Social Justice Themes from Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) – Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation
Plenary Panel 1 – Social Justice, A Priority in Our Parishes
Objectives of the Panel: 1) education about the difference between CHARITY and SOCIAL JUSTICE, 2) examples of successful Social Justice programs in our parishes and sharing of “best practices” and 3) specific suggestions for what the COLLABORATIVES have done and might do to incorporate Social Justice in Pastoral Planning.
- Rev. Paul O’Brien, St. Patrick’s Church in Lawrence
- Rev. Gerry Osterman, St. Katherine Drexel Church in Dorchester
- Rev. Paul Soper, Director, Office of Pastoral Planning, RCAB
- Sister Pat Boyle, Associate Director, Office of Pastoral Planning
Dr. Patricia M. Dinneen, Chair of APC Social Justice Committee
During the Question & Answers session - specific examples of Social Justice programs and initiatives will be highlighted briefly by parish representatives from Sacred Heart and St. Brigid Parish in Lexington, St. Luke and St. Joseph Parish in Belmont, St. Agatha Parish in Milton, St. Cecilia Parish in Boston, St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Roxbury, St. Peter Parish in Cambridge and several other parishes.
Plenary Panel 2 – Interfaith Community Outreach to Overcome Violence
Objectives of the Panel: 1) education about the beliefs and teachings of different religious groups to overcoming violence, 2) examples of successful interfaith activities and sharing of “best practices” and 3) specific suggestions for what we might do together as a faith community in the future – particularly involving people in the parishes.
- Rev. David Michael, Associate Director for Interreligious Relations and Dr. Vito Nicastro, Associate Director for Interreligious Relations – via video
- Sister Maureen Clark, CSJ, Catholic Chaplain, MCI Framingham
- Rev. David Wright, Executive Director, Black Ministerial Alliance/Boston TenPoint Coalition
- Rev. Burns Stansfield, President GBIO
- Rev. Sean Connor, Administrator, Sacred Heart Church, Weymouth
Deacon Daniel Burns, Director, Office of Permanent Diaconate Formation
Coffee Break with Light Snacks
An opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with over 30 Exhibitors from various Social Justice Programs across the Archdiocese of Boston!
List of EXHIBITORS:
- Daughters of St. Paul Publications
- LCWR Anti-Trafficking Coalition
- Catholic Charities
- Office of Lifelong Faith Formation and Parish Support
- HEARTH Program for the Homeless Elderly
- Equal Exchange Co-operative
- JustFaith Ministries
- Jesuit Refugee Services
- The Pilot
- Office of Worship and Spiritual Life/Why Catholic?
- Project Rachel and the Pro-Life Office
- Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC)
- Theological Institute of the New Evangelization, Masters of Arts in Ministry Program (MAM)
- Catholic TV
- Mass Interfaith Power and Light
- Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity
- Office of Chaplaincy Programs - Prison Ministry
- Office of Chaplaincy Programs – Faith Community Nursing
- Office for Lifelong Faith Formation & Parish Support
- Office of the Permanent Diaconate
- Missionary Alliance
- Fr. Bill’s/Mainspring
- St. Joseph/St. Luke, Belmont
- St. Agatha, Milton
- St. Cecilia, Boston
- St. Mary of the Angels, Roxbury
- St. Peter, Cambridge
- Holy Family, Rockland
- Sacred Heart/St. Brigid, Lexington
- And a few more….
- 8:00am – 8:30am: Registration, Coffee and Exhibitors in the Cafeteria (2nd floor)
- 8:30am – 8:36am: Opening Prayer with Music - Auditorium
- 8:36am – 8:40am: Welcome, Overview of the Program, Logistics (3 minutes) - Auditorium
- 8:40am – 9:20am: Keynote Speech – Themes of Social Justice from Evangelii Gaudium – Father Hehir -Auditorium
- 9:20am – 10:30am: Panel One – Social Justice – A Priority for the New Evangelization – Auditorium
- 10:30am - 11:15am: Coffee/Snacks Break and Exhibitors – Cafeteria and Dining Room (2nd floor)
- 11:15am – 12:25am: Panel Two – Interfaith Community Outreach to Overcome Violence - Auditorium
- 12:25pm – 12:30pm: Transit to Mass in Bethany Chapel – 1st floor
- 12:30pm – 1:30pm: Holy Mass – Cardinal Sean O’Malley presiding – Bethany Chapel (1st floor)
- 1:30pm - Conclusion
- Registration Cost: $20, including coffee, tea, snacks and convocation materials
To register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/m5j8d7x
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Office of Spiritual Life