Join us to learn more about our Catholic faith over pizza, drinks, and great conversation!
Sunday, July 7
What Would Jesus Do? Racism and Catholic Social Teaching
Speaker: Luana Lienhart, OSF, LCSW
Blending humor and pathos, we will explore the sin of racism through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. We’ll discuss the structures that perpetuate racism, how we can work together to dismantle those structures, and have a great time doing it. It’ll be fun, we promise.
Luana Lienhart, a clinical social worker at an addiction treatment facility, and adjunct faculty at DePaul University in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies program. A Secular Franciscan, Luana recently joined Sherry Weddell’s Catherine of Siena Institute as a presenter in the Called & Gifted Program, assisting disciples of Jesus to discern their spiritual gifts.
Sun, July 21
Speaker: Terry Nelson-Johnson
I heard some one say recently that we are living during an era when Hope is Fragile. Somewhat sadly, this resonated with me —- I do think that Hope is a bit fragile these days. So . . . what better time to Gather Together and Risk Hope! Let’s get together and remind each other that, while seemingly fragile, Hope is also fierce and resilient and bold and surprising —- and that it emerges from the most unlikely sources at the most unlikely times — and that Hope seems so much more accessible when we gather and laugh and sing and tell stories . . . . And DANCE. Please make the effort to join us as, together, we RISK HOPE. Won’t be the same with out you — literally.
Old St. Pat’s own Terry Nelson-Johnson will be speaking. His art is the written and spoken word. Through storytelling, poetry, and humor, Terry challenges us to enter more deeply into the mystery of grace, the mystery of spirit, the mystery of God. He speaks to communities around the country and writes for local and national publications. He is Resident Theologian and Animator of Faith here at Old St. Pat’s.
Sunday, Aug 4
Promoting a Culture of Encounter: Pope Francis and the Social Gospel
Speaker: Rachelle Kramer
In his landmark document, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis writes, “Many try to escape from others and take refuge in the comfort of their privacy or in a small circle of close friends, renouncing the realism of the social aspect of the gospel… Meanwhile, the Gospel tells us constantly to run the risk of a face-to-face encounter with others, with their physical presence which challenges us, with their pain and their pleas.” From the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has championed the poor and marginalized and called us to do the same. And yet, his message is not new to the Catholic Church. This session will highlight the pope’s teachings on the Social Gospel and will provide the foundations from which it is based: Scripture, the life of the early church, and Catholic social teaching.
Sunday, August 18
Voices from The Boulevard
The Road to Health and Home: How The Boulevard helps people restore their health and rebuild their lives.