Fraternity & the Rule: Thoughts, Insights, and Questions

By Jerry Stecker, OFS

At the most recent council meeting we discussed our rule. There seemed to be an agreement that we all could benefit from some discussion of our rule and constitution. It was suggested perhaps we could dedicate 10 or 15 minutes of our gathering to this each month. I thought I would get a start by discussing our rule and “fraternity” in light of our discussions both in our gathering and in the council regarding attendance and financial support. I thought I would highlight what I gleaned from my own look at our documents and share my thoughts.
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Relationships and Truth in Laudato Si’

Dan Misleh, executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant, will be speaking at Dominican University on November 17th, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

His lecture, “All is Connected: Relationships and Truth in Laudato Si’,” will:

  • Explore some of the major themes of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.
  • Examine the concept of “integral ecology” and Pope Francis’ linking of social and environmental degradation.
  • Demonstrate how the U.S. Catholic community is responding to the challenges set out in Laudato Si‘.

The event will be held at Dominican University’s Priory Auditorium, 7200 W. Division St., River Forest, IL.

Click here for tickets.

In Gratitude

By Pat Cetera, OFS

With November comes the beginning of the cold cutting winds and falling temperatures that cause us to put on the winter coats. The orange and red leaves that adorned picture perfect landscapes have been swept up, leaving naked branches on the trees.Soon a sparkling white blanket of snow will cover the ground. Days grow shorter, night grows longer, and sometimes the darkness seems endless. But, then comes the joyful anticipation of holiday gatherings and celebrations with family and friends. Thanksgiving Day arrives, and we devour the mounds of special once a year recipes lovingly prepared heaped on our plates. We share our homes and our lives. And, we do it all with gratitude.

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Environmental Justice & Inclusion

For environmental movements to succeed equitably, grassroots activists and community members need to be brought into academic discourse, instead of being treated like “lab rats,” according to Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington.

Listen to the entire interview on WBEZ’s Worldview with Jerome McDonnell.



Interfaith Letter on Standing Rock

The following letter is from Green Faith, an interfaith organization whose mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership.

To learn more about the resistance of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation to the Dakota Access Pipeline, click here.

Like many of you, I’ve watched the Sioux and their First Nation Water Protectors standing strong at Standing Rock in North Dakota, protesting the development of a fossil fuel pipeline that would threaten their drinking water and desecrate their sacred sites. I have been filled with admiration for their courage and resolve.

These past several days have seen an escalation in the violence directed at them. Native American leaders have called for people of faith to stand with them. Continue reading “Interfaith Letter on Standing Rock”