Sunday, July 09, 2006

Over 250 Attend Justice Symposium

The Justice Symposium for 2006 was held on June 24 at Santa Clara University. The estimated attendance was over 250 - a 25% increase from the last Symposium in 2004! This year, we also had a Spanish tract for the first time.

Workshops were offered on parish social ministry, forming legislative networks, building partnerships with low-income groups, Catholic Social Teaching and immigration reform, justice and spirituality, leadership development, and others. John Carr, the Secretary of the USCCB Department of Social Development and World Peace delivered an inspiring and informative keynote address. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren gave an afternoon briefing on the current status of the immigration reform debate in Congress. A wide variety of resources were available from twenty national and community groups.

During lunch, Monsignor Eugene Boyle was honored with a Lumen Christi Award for his "lifetime achievement in social justice and for fostering a more just and equitable society."

Thank you to everyone who came and who supported this activity in our diocese.


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