Catholic Colleges and Universities Featured in Global Sisters Report

ICYMI: An article on Global Sisters Report, titled “Sisters who blazed trails in higher education preserve heritage, charisms of Catholic universities” highlights the influence of women religious on women’s higher education in America. Catholic sisters opened colleges and universities for young women at a time when only men had access to higher education.

Their legacy is felt in the practices inspired by their charism at their founded schools. Sisters are finding ways to incorporate their charism into the character of the institution, by appointing mission officers dedicated to the charism, making the priorities of the religious community an integral part of the institutional structure, and involving students in visiting retired sisters or praying with the religious community. Additionally, many sisters are focused on working on justice issues, a vital part of many religious communities’ work and charism.

Currently, there are 104 colleges and universities founded by women religious in the United States. To learn more on the status of women religious-founded colleges and universities, read the full article on Global Sisters Report.

Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent Secures Third Release of 2017

ICYMI: Loyola Law School of Loyola Marymount University Project for the Innocent helped release a wrongfully convicted prisoner, receiving national coverage. This is their third successful release of the year. Project for the Innocent client Jaime Ponce has reunited with his family in Mexico after serving 19 years in prison after being falsely accused of a shooting.

Loyola’s Project for the Innocent pursues claims of actual innocence on behalf of those wrongfully convicted of crimes. Students work under the supervision of professors and other attorneys. Since 2011, they have secured the release of five clients.

Learn more about the program and Ponce’s story here.

Georgetown University Hosts Liturgy of Penance for Sale of Enslaved People

ICYMI: Earlier this year, Georgetown University hosted a Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition and Hope as a moment to express contrition for the institutional sin of selling 272 enslaved people to raise money for preserve the university in 1838.

“Now, nearly 200 years later, we cannot heal from this tragic history alone. Many have confessed and labored to atone for this sin, but mostly within the confines of our own religious houses and apostolic works. Because we are profoundly sorry, we stand before God—and before you, the descendants of those whom we enslaved—and we apologize for what we have done and what we have failed to do,” Father Timothy Kesicki, S.J., president, of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States said.

Learn more about the event by reading the full article on the America website.

 

Kudos to New Catholic Fair Trade Universities

Congratulations to Rockhurst University, University of Dayton, and St. John’s University for becoming Fair Trade Certified Universities during the past academic year!

Rockhurst University became the first Fair Trade University in Missouri in November. After years of hard work by the Rockhurst University Fair Trade Initiative raising awareness on campus, students are thrilled to be the first in the state. Gerald Moench, the University’s chief financial officer, commented that “it’s a reminder to our University community to always strive to move forward with ethics and our Jesuit commitment to social justice in mind.”

University of Dayton celebrated their designation as a Fair Trade University with a reception at the campus bookstore and a video documenting the event.

St. John’s University became a Fair Trade University in March. Executive vice president for Mission, Reverend Bernard M. Tracey, C.M., connects this resolution with University identity, saying “We are called as a Vincentian institution not only to respond to the needs of those marginalized in society, but to study, research and provide solutions to the root causes of poverty.”

To learn more on how your institution can become Fair Trade Certified, visit the Fair Trade Campaigns website.  To learn more about Fair Trade at ACCU institutions, visit our new webpage at www.accunet.org/FairTrade