Evangelization

Happy Labor Day!

Today we take a break from our standard editorial content to let you know about something that all readers might wish to support–an upcoming event that Boston-area readers may want to attend and a worthy cause associated with the event which readers from any part of the country can contribute to.

The Daughters of St. Paul , based locally here in Jamaica Plain, are honoring Harvard Professor and former Vatican ambassador, Mary Ann Glendon on Sunday, September 12 at 3pm.  Here on the blog, we are anonymous fans of the Daughters of St. Paul and of Prof. Glendon.  The Daughters were founded by Blessed James Alberione, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in April of 2003.  The Daughters live in community, and as described on their website, “are women consecrated like Paul the Apostle to be apostles of Christ to the world of today, announcing the message of reconciliation using the means of communication.”  The Daughters do fantastic work and operate 12 Pauline Book and Media stores across the U.S.  Funds raised from the event will benefit the Daughters of Saint Paul’s efforts to use new media for evangelization.

Here are some excerpts from the article in The Boston Pilot announcing the event. (Coincidentally, the article was from the same edition where they reported on the archdiocese blocking this blog).   If you want to skip the details and jump right to the page where you can either register or make a contribution, click here.

BRAINTREE — As they further equip their sisters to be more effective evangelizers in a digital age, the Daughters of St. Paul are inaugurating an award by honoring a former Vatican ambassador who garnered national attention when she refused an award from a well-known Catholic university.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, the Daughters of St. Paul will honor Professor Mary Ann Glendon at an Afternoon Tea at 3 p.m. at the Daughters of St. Paul’s convent in Jamaica Plain with the sisters’ first-ever Cordero Award.

The award will be presented annually to a Catholic person or organization who has “striven to uplift the human spirit and to recognize the dignity of the human person in or through the media.”

Funds raised from the event will benefit the Daughters of Saint Paul’s new media initiatives by further educating the sisters to be more effective users of new media to evangelize in modern times.

“When we think of education, we immediately think of children or teenagers. But if today’s educators aren’t keeping up with the times, then how can we be effective teachers and evangelizers?” asked Sister Christine Setticase, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul. “As our culture dives deeper into the age of digital media, we want to present the Gospel message in a way that is interesting and relevant. But to do this we need to specialize and know the language of today’s youth.”

Glendon is currently a professor at Harvard Law School and president of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences and former Vatican ambassador. She has taught and written on subjects such as bioethics, constitutional law, comparative law and human rights. She is a longtime consultant to the USCCB and is on the editorial and advisory board of the journal First Things.

During the afternoon, Glendon will also give a talk entitled “The Lay Vocation in a Media Culture: New Challenges.”

“As a prominent Catholic and as a former ambassador, she has always spoken up for the Catholic faith and the defense of human life,” Sister Setticase said. “She’s certainly an example of someone who has mirrored the Holy Father’s teachings.”

For more information about the event please contact Sister Christine at 617-921-0228 or csetticase@paulinemedia.com.

Note:  No one from the archdiocese or the Daughters of St. Paul has asked us to promote this cause, and we hope that the archdiocese does not feel the anonymous bloggers are doing “harm to the community” by our promotion of this worthy cause and the evangelization work of a religious community that is faithful to the teachings of the Church.  Individual seats for the event  are $100 and you will find other options for various levels of sponsorship from $500 up to $5,000 here.  Even if you cannot attend, we invite readers to consider supporting the cause.

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Ps. We also pause from the normal listing of the archdiocesan “Silence Meter”–that cites the amount of time which has passed since we first alerted archdiocesan officials about problems with conflicts of interest, cronyism, and unethical practices–to reference the first reading from today’s lectionary, a reading from the first Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (1 Cor 5:1-8).  “It is widely reported that there is immorality among you…Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough…Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

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