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Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 PM
Refugees and immigrants through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. Faith in Action, the Gospel of John Loving God and Neighbor without distinction. Excerpt from an article written by Erin McDonald C.S.J., our presenter “The moment had arrived. The bus full of refugees was here. I instantly felt anxious. I don’t speak Spanish and it was my first day. The doors open in a sea of sullen and worn faces filed into the shelter. The local ICE detention facility had released another large group of asylum seekers some were limping from sore feet. Some looked terrified and exhausted. Some were children whimpering for a morsel of food. One woman carried a child who looked so sick, and lay so limp in her arms; I thought the toddler might be dead.”
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Thursday, August 15th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Through Sacred Scripture and music this talk will discuss the variety of things in each of our everyday lives that serve to distract us from intimacy with God and with each other.
Saturday, August 17th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
This four-part session and Q&A addresses the disease of addiction as a spiritual malady with devastating physiological and psychological effects. Participants will come to understand the totality of the disease on the mind, body, and spirit of the afflicted, the effects on the family and friends, and the necessary role that the Church must play in becoming a resource for those suffering from addictions and their families.
Erin McDonald is a Sister of St Joseph and a social worker. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University, a master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Loyola University New Orleans.
Erin grew up in Mashpee as a member of Christ the King Parish she moved to West Virginia for her undergraduate studies and lived there for eleven years. For the first several years of her career, she worked as the Director of the Service for Social Action Center at Wheeling Jesuit University where she coordinated student volunteers, service immersion trips, campus advocacy campaigns, Catholic Social Teaching programs, and lived on campus as a residential chaplain. Erin left Wheeling Jesuit University to work with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rwanda as a humanitarian aid worker. In 2012 she returned from Rwanda and entered the Sisters of St Joseph in Wheeling, WV.
After taking first vows in 2015, she moved to urban Detroit to work at Freedom House. At Freedom House, which is a shelter for survivors of torture and persecution who are seeking asylum in the U.S., Erin was the social worker who managed the medical, mental health, and educational services for the shelter residents. In the fall of 2018, she left Freedom House to begin a new ministry at the University of Detroit Mercy where she serves as the University Minister for Service and Social Justice. Erin lives in community with four other Sisters of St Joseph and is anticipating taking her final vows on October 5th, 2019.
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Keaton Douglas, as the program coordinator of the I THIRST Initiative, is a consultant, educator, counselor, and frequent guest speaker in the field of addiction and recovery, particularly as it pertains to the interface of Catholic spirituality and recovery. She is a creator of the I THIRST Initiative, a comprehensive program which focuses on spirituality in the prevention, treatment and aftercare of those suffering from substance use disorders and their families. Her bilingual programs have been taught in the Archdiocese of Boston, in Costa Rica, on college campuses as well as in parishes and faith communities locally. Keaton is a regular contributor for Relevant Radio, a nationally syndicated Catholic radio station, where she discusses issues on forgiveness, healing, and addiction. She has been part of the “70 x 7” forgiveness retreats offered by Seton Hall University. She has spoken at the World Apostolate of Fatima in Washington, N.J. and before many church groups and parishes throughout New Jersey. She is a regular contributor at St. Paul’s Inside the Walls, where she is the emcee at the annual Feminine, Faithful and Fearless Women’s Conference. Keaton holds a B.S. from Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. and an M.A. in theology from the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall. She is also a CCAR (Connecticut Community Addiction Recovery) recovery coach.
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