Human Concerns

Sr. Thea Bowman Story RSVP

Saturday, December 3 | 5:45 PM, Daniels Hall | The racial justice ministry is planning an event to create awareness of African American Catholics and the gifts they bring to our Faith. We have chosen Sr. Thea Bowman (1937-1990), a Franciscan Sister who began her religious life in Lacrosse, Wi. Sr. Thea was born Bertha Elizabeth Bowman, daughter of a doctor and teacher in segregated Mississippi. They wanted for her a good education and sent her to a Catholic School. Bertha became Catholic at the age of 9 and was educated by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Help. She attended high school at the Franciscan Motherhouse in Lacrosse and became a member of the community and changed her name to Sr. Thea. The hallmark of her faith and justice work was her beautiful voice that created joyful praise.

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When we say “human concerns” we are referring to anything that is an issue that affects the well-being of any human soul on this earth. The human dignity of all is core to our faith. Baptized disciples of Christ have many ways to engage in this aspect of our faith. It can involve direct service to those in need, or empowering individuals or groups that encourage people in need to aid to take action themselves. It can also mean the work of justice education that raises awareness in the many areas where we are still challenged by societal injustices and inequities. Or it can mean advocating, where we form partnerships with organizations that serve as advocates for the poor, the unborn, the vulnerable and strive for changes in public policy and societal structures. The arena of Human concerns has a broad spectrum that runs from protecting the unborn, the poor and rejected, to protecting all creation.

Areas of Social Justice key:

DS = Direct Service
E = Empowerment
JE = Justice Education
ADV = Advocacy

“We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves”
Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate, 14)
Gay & Straight In Christ
Ellacuria, El Salvador
Immigration Study Group

Annual or Periodic Social Justice Events

Capuchin Ministries Run-Walk for the Hungry [DS, E, JE, ADV]

A run/walk event in June in Milwaukee supporting the Capuchin Ministries: St. Ben’s Community Meal Program and The House of Peace.

Combined Collections [DS, E, JE]

Collection for nine ministries (three per collection) – includes education in the parish newsletter and one speaker from one of the three ministries to speak after all weekend Masses.

Deacon Gene House of Peace Toy Drive [DS]

Collection of toys for children served by the House of Peace in Milwaukee, third Sunday in Advent.

House of Peace Packing of Holiday Food Boxes [DS]

On the day after Thanksgiving all are invited to help pack holiday food boxes for those served by the House of Peace.

Offering of Letters – through Bread for the World [ADV]

Annual letter-writing campaign to Congressional representatives advocating for those who experience hunger.

School Supply Drive [DS]

Collection of school supplies in late July and early August – for Hope Network, St Michael Parish and the Cathedral Center.

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Below you find various groups to engage in, whether they be discussion groups, serving teams, committees, classes or events. Join the following groups to stay abreast of updates, join in discussion with other members, and find important related files.

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Marguerite Thompson

Director of Adult Formation and Social Justice

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