June 18, 2022

11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Marriott Ballroom Salons A-C
  • 11:00 a.m. – Welcome
  • 11:10 a.m. – Integral Ecology: Hearing the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor
  • 12:15 p.m. – Lead the Way: Catholic Relief Services and the Work to End Global Hunger
  • 1:00  p.m. – The Enduring Call to Love: The Ongoing Work for Racial Justice
  • 2:10  p.m. – A People of Justice and Mercy: The Catholic Vision of Restorative Justice
  • 3:00 p.m. – Track Visit – Adoration
  • 3:25 p.m. – Called to Gather, Sent to Serve: Social Justice Through Lens of the Eucharist
  • 4:00 p.m. – Track concludes

Integral Ecology – In 2015 Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato Si’, On Care for our Common Home, a plea to humanity to “hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” Fr. Joshtrom Kureethadam, the Coordinator on Ecology from the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, opens our track virtually from Rome, weaving together the Eucharist and the concept of Integral Ecology–an integrated approach to combatting poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting our natural environment.

CRS – Catholic Relief Services works in more than 100 countries around the world, addressing both the causes and the effects of hunger. CRS Community Engagement Manager Clare Pressimone shares how CRS does that work and how you can support it.

Enduring Call to Love – In 2018, the U.S. Bishops published Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter on Racism. Four years later, where are we and where do we go from here? Join us for a panel discussion featuring Archbishop Shelton Fabre, Chairman of the U.S. Bishop’s Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.

Restorative Justice – The social doctrine of the Church teaches us that social relationships are a constitutive element of the human person. Restorative justice seeks to repair those relationships when broken by violence and trauma. Our panel will discuss restorative approaches and practical applications to the threats to human life and dignity currently facing our society.

Called to Gather – As a Eucharistic People, we are called to gather at table and then sent to serve. In our closing session, Patrick Schmadeke, the Director of Evangelization from the Diocese of Davenport, will pull together what we have explored throughout the day and challenge us to allow the Eucharist to prepare us to go forth as the hands and feet of Christ.

Social Justice

The Catechism teaches us that “the Eucharist commits us to the poor.” This track explores the challenges faced by the poor and marginalized here at home and around the world. It also engages us in the work of the ministries of the archdiocese committed to the promotion of the church’s vision of social justice. This track is for people who want to put their faith into action.

Programming on the Social Justice Track includes care for creation, restorative justice, racism and global solidarity.