Communities Discuss Faithful Citizenship

HNP Communications Around the Province

Faithful citizenship and how Catholics can live out their social responsibility was the subject of several recent events at ministries associated with the Province.

Washington Theological Union (WTU) discussed “Presidential Election 2008: The Challenge of Faithful Citizenship” in Washington, D.C., while the Community of Saint Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, N.C., held a prayer for solidarity and discussions on faithful citizenship.

On Oct. 8, WTU gathered for a lively discussion exploring issues of faith, social responsibility, civic duty, and the upcoming presidential election. Thomas Reese, SJ, and Marie Dennis participated in forum.

They offered informative presentations and took questions. Fr. Reese is a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, and is a former editor of America magazine. Dennis is director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and is co-president of Pax Christi International.

On the same night at Saint Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, the community offered a prayer for solidarity in the church sanctuary.

In addition, on Oct. 13, Joseph Woylniak, advocacy coordinator, The Franciscan Coalition, and Maryann Tyre, Lifelong Adult Faith Formation coordinator, Evangelization Ministries, discussed, “What the Catholic Church Teaches and Why.”

On Nov. 3, parisioners will meet for another event, “In a Time of Decision We Pray for Wisdom.”