Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Friday, February 23, 2018

NEW HAVEN – The inaugural Bishop Peter Rosazza Social Justice Conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 12 at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.

Sponsored by the Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford, the event will honor Bishop Rosazza in celebration of his 75th birthday and in recognition of his passion for and commitment to the work of social justice. 

Father J. Bryan Hehir, the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, will deliver the keynote address.

Attendees will be offered a total of 14 workshops from which to choose in morning and afternoon sessions, as well as lunch, exhibits and items for sale.

Father Hehir, who also is the secretary for social services in the Archdiocese of Boston, focuses his research and writing on issues of ethics and foreign policy, Catholic social ethics and the role of religion in world politics and in American society.

He has been the president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, the national network of charities in the United States. He also has been on the staff of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.

"Rooted in Faith – Cultivating the Common Good" is the theme of the conference. The fee is $40.

Workshop topics will range from fair trade to youth and social justice, environmental justice, justice for immigrants, family violence, human rights and pro-life issues advocacy. Three of the workshops will be presented in English and Spanish.

June 5 is the registration deadline. Information is available at (203) 777-7279 or www.catholicsocialjustice.org.