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Social Justice - Care for Our Common Home

Oct. 05, 2019

Come join us at the 11th Social Justice Convocation, to deepen your understanding of injustice and inequality in our community and to learn about local efforts to bring about change. We will focus on concrete ACTIONS that you and your parishes/collaboratives can take to give witness to Gospel Justice. Learn from our speakers and exhibitors who are “doing” God’s work.  Learn from active parishioners about ways they are promoting Catholic Social Teaching in their parishes/collaboratives, local communities, workplaces and families.  Learn how to start/scale up Social Justice Ministries. Learn the many ways you can do justice.  


Saturday, October 5th, 2019 from 8am to 2:30 pm

Morning refreshments and a light buffet lunch will be served; both are included in the registration fee. 

Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd, Boston 02125. Ample free parking.  


At least two members (ideally more) from each parish in the Archdiocese, as well as anyone involved in Social Justice activities or seeking faith based transformative opportunities for action, specifically priests, deacons, pastoral associates, parish social justice committees/groups, existing and those seeking to start Youth Groups, especially Campus Ministers, and all seeking opportunities for domestic and international service for justice

Catholic School students and teachers

Religious Education students and teachers

Individuals preparing for the priesthood, the deaconate, religious life, and lay ecclesial ministry

Women’s and Men’s Religious Orders 

Ethnic Communities  

Families spanning multiple generations 

Interfaith Social Justice Groups  


Registration Cost: $25 (scholarships available), including coffee, tea, morning refreshments, light buffet lunch, convocation materials and simultaneous translation (Spanish/English). Online registration will open soon.


Remarks from Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston 

Holy Mass celebrated by Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services 

Keynote Address by Janine Carreiro, co-director of Massachusetts Community Action Network

Extended Networking Breaks with a wide range of Exhibitors 

Small Group discussions to discern commitments to action. 

Workshops on core principles of Catholic Social Justice teaching in action

NEW! Inaugural Awards recognizing those who profess justice in action

Do Justice. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly with God.

Oct. 05, 2019


  • 8.00 am – 8.30 am: Registration
  • 8.30 am – 9.15 am: Mass
  • 9.15 am – 9.25 am: Break
  • 9:25 am –  9:30 am: Welcome, Overview, and Opening Prayer
  • 9.30 am – 10.15 am: Keynote Speaker 

 Janine Carreiro, Co-Director of Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN)  

Janine is a recent recipient of the Young Catholic Leadership Award from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development of the US Catholic Conference of Bishops. Among the many parts of her job, Janine has been leading on immigrant and worker rights across Massachusetts.

Interviewer: Father J. Bryan Hehir, Secretary of Health and Social Services, Archdiocese of Boston 

  • 9.30 am – 10.15 am: Table based small group faith and action discussions 
    • What are the principles of Catholic Social Justice?
    • What justice action are you doing now?
    • What justice action are you interested in starting/joining?
  • 11.00 am – 11.15 am:      Break
  • 11.15 am – 12.15 pm:      Workshops:  Session 1
    • What is being done to overcome injustice?  How can I get involved?
    • Care for God’s Creation – Climate Justice
      • Climate action groups will share what they are doing to address and reduce climate change. 
      • Learn how you can start or join action to address climate change with your parish/collaborative
    • Dignity of Work – Worker Justice
      • Worker’s action groups will share what they are doing to advance the dignity of work and the protection of all workers.  Learn how you can start or join action to protect and advance workers with your parish/collaborative
    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable – Housing Justice
      • Groups active in ending homelessness will share what they are doing to respond to the needs of the poor and vulnerable on our streets.  Learn how you can start or join action to end homelessness and strengthen access to safe, affordable housing with your parish/collaborative
  • 12.15 pm – 1.00 pm: Lunch and Networking Break with Exhibitors
  • 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm: Workshops:  Session 2 – Repeated from Session 1.
    • Care for God’s Creation – Climate Justice
    • Dignity of Work – Worker Justice
    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable – Housing Justice
  • 2.00 pm – 2.30 pm: Remarks by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archdiocese of Boston, Presenting of Awards, Announcements, Commitments and Closing Prayer
  • 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm: Extended networking opportunity with Speakers, Exhibitors, Presenters and each other (Optional)



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