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.


Celebrate World Fair Trade Day!

May 13 is the fifteenth annual celebration of World Fair Trade Day. Mark the day by hosting or attending an event or by enjoying a favorite Fair Trade product!

Ideas for events to celebrate fair trade are a film screening, bake sale, fair trade fashion show, or hosting a coffee hour. If you host an event in your community, register it with the Fair Trade Challenge or use the website to find an event to attend.  Fair Trade Federation also offers resources to spread education on fair trade on their website.