Preserving earth theme of social ministry convocation

“Peace, Poverty and Mother Earth” is the theme of the 31st annual archdiocesan Social Ministry Convocation March 6 at The Seton Keough High School in Baltimore.

Sister of Social Service Simone Campbell will deliver the keynote “Love in Truth: Living faith and justice in a complex world.” Sister Simone is an attorney with extensive experience in public policy. She is executive director of Network, a national Catholic justice lobby, and a noted speaker and educator on public policy issues.

They day will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. followed by a welcome and opening prayer service at 9 a.m.

Some of the workshops offered include “Using our Natural Energy: How communities resist energy exploitation,” “Eat Simple. Live Simple. Save the Planet,” “Precious Water: Cause of Global Conflict?” and “Watt Watchers: Save Energy, Save Money, Save the Planet.”

A social ministry fair featuring a variety of exhibits on the work of parishes and social justice organizations will be offered.

Lunch will be offered at noon, followed by afternoon workshops and an award ceremony honoring those committed to social justice work. The convocation will conclude at 3 p.m.

Monsignor William F. Burke, local head of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Baltimore, has been involved with the convocation for some three decades.

“It’s a big opportunity for people in the parishes, social ministry groups, agencies and individuals who come together and are buoyed by the day because they build each other up,” he said.

To register for the event and guarantee a lunch, contact Carol Palmer,; 410-261-6780. Registration is $10 per person.

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