As of December 2021:

The CSJ Justice Office shares that Justice Director Marty Roers recently received the annual Bishop John E. McCarthy Spirit of Mission Award on World Mission Sunday, Oct. 24, from the Maryknoll Lay Missioners. As a former Maryknoll Lay Missioner in East Africa, he was recognized for his continued service and promotion of justice including with the CSJ Justice Office and with the CSJ community. Members of the Province Leadership Team and several CSJ community members were present at the Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel for the virtual program. Read more.

Earth Partners Working Group members will be collaborating with the CSJ Congregation with their commitment to ecological conversion envisioned in Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ and implemented in the seven-year process of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform.  Suzanne Reedy, Consociate has volunteered to join the Congregational Education Committee to assist with the educational components of implement the target actions in the areas of sustainability, spirituality, advocacy and social action.

The Health Care for All Task Group hosted an event entitled “Public Health: Why it matters!” at the end of October. Dr. James Hart, MD, the Past President of MN Public Health Association, shared an opening reflection on nine learnings about public health from his years working in medicine which included several highlights including: Courage is the most essential virtue for the practice of public health, our goal should be to maximize the potential health of all people, and that Public Health is global health. Our second keynote speaker, Antonia Apolinario-Wilcoxon, Ed.D., President of Equity Strategies, LLC, emphasized that “while a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place. We also promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors.” She also noted that if Minnesota addressed racial/ethnic disparities, the state economy could see at least an additional $1.226 billion in economic activity and bring in over $247 million to the local economy. We are also pleased to collaborate with St. Kate’s Public Health students as they presented on their learnings of why public health matters in areas of dental care, water, sexual health, policing/prisons, food access, immunizations, and climate change. View the video.