HARTFORD – The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry (OCSJM) of the Archdiocese of Hartford will sponsor its seventh annual Bishop Peter Rosazza Social Justice Conference from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. June 11 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.
“Rooted in Faith: Creating an Economy of Inclusion” is the conference theme.
The keynote speaker will be Sister Damien Marie Savino, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Science & Studies at the University of St. Thomas. Sister Damien Marie, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, will explore Pope Francis’ ideas in “Laudato Si’.” She will explore ways that people heed “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” in their families, communities and daily lives.
“The conference theme, ‘Rooted in Faith: Caring for Our Common Home’ takes its origin from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’,” said Lynn Campbell, executive director of OCSJM. Laudato Si’ is addressed to “every person living on this planet,” she said, calling for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.
Participants will also have the opportunity to select from among more than 18 diverse workshop topics, including some in Spanish, and explore exhibits from local nonprofit agencies.
Information about workshops, the schedule of the day and registration is available at www.catholicsocialjustice.org or 860-242-5573. Registration is $40, or $20 for students ages 14-21, which includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments. June 6 is the registration deadline.