Meet the Justice Office Staff
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| || ||Megan Bender, Justice Co-Director|
Raised on tater-tot hot dish and folklore of the north, Megan is a native Minnesotan with an affinity for all things Scandinavian. She graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a double major in Religion and Communications Studies, as well as a certificate in International Journalism. She served as a reporter and editor at the independent student newspaper, the mindfulness meditation student leader and as a spirituality scholar in the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service and Social Justice at Hamline. Her passion for writing on topics of ethics and meaning coalesced during her internship at the Peabody award-winning public radio show On Being with Krista Tippett. Her blog piece titled, “Freaky Folk Duo CocoRosie, on the Interaction of Light and Dark and their own Spirituality”, exhibits her background in feminist theology and curiosity with the creative renderings of spiritual practice in art and music.
The mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates of “moving always toward profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction” called her to become part of their justice ministry in March 2015. Both personally and professionally, she has always considered the sisters the rock stars of the spiritual world.
When Megan isn’t working she enjoys attending live storytelling events around the cities and learning the art of unconditional loving-kindness from her Persian cat, Pierre.
| || ||Marty Roers, Justice Co-Director|
Bringing a unique perspective on justice locally, nationally, and globally; Marty enthusiastically joins the CSJ Justice Office as the new co-director. He has local Minnesotan roots in Brooklyn Park (north-metro area) and as a graduate of St. John's University in Collegeville, MN. After completing graduate course work at the Maryknoll School of Theology's Justice and Peace Program, he served globally in Central America as a Maryknoll volunteer and as a lay missioner with the Maryknoll Mission Association of the Faithful in East Africa in a failed World Bank experiment in North-eastern Kenya and later with the nomadic communities of war-torn South Sudan. Marty also holds his Masters of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame and has ministered nationally as a college campus minister at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA where he coordinated numerous service immersion trips to Mexico, El Salvador, India, across the U.S., and in Los Angeles. He also has served locally in the Diocese of St. Cloud and most recently as the Parish and Community Education, Engagement, and Leadership Manager at Catholic Charities Office for Social Justice of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Marty is particularly drawn to the mission, justice work, and passionate leadership of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates’ “profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction.” Marty loves gardening, learning new things, and traveling in his spare time