Compassion and Charity Abound for Poverty Awareness Week

Friday, November 4, 2011

A student committee from the Faith-Justice Institute, in partnership with the Old St. Joseph’s Church Social Justice Committee, has planned a week of generous, reflective and engaging activities in order to raise awareness about poverty, Nov. 7-11.

“The Faith-Justice Institute sees Poverty Awareness Week as an important reminder of the work needed to meet the obligations of offering a ‘preferential option for the poor,’” says Virginia Goulding Johnson, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and director of the Faith-Justice Institute. “This focused week of programming and engaged dialogue is essential to our work, demonstrating the spiritual meaning of living a faith that promotes justice. The student-run initiative is intended to remind all of us to foster dignity and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters.”

The schedule of events is as follows:

All week:

Canned Food Drive - A collection box for Philadabundance, the region's largest food bank and hunger relief organization,will be located on the first floor of the Wolfington Center. Priority items include macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, cold and hot cereal, canned tuna, pasta, beef stew, chili, corn, green beans and fruit. Monday, Nov. 7th:

Reflection on Homelessness & Our Ignatian Response, 7 p.m. - Students and faculty are invited to Old St. Joseph’s Church, located at 321 Willings Alley in Philadelphia, Pa., to hear speakers Jeanmarie Zippo, who will discuss her work with Action Aids and homeless outreach, and Michael McAllister, who will share his firsthand experiences with homelessness and offer perspective on how to respond to poverty and homelessness. Tuesday, Nov. 8th:

Fair Trade Market, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Campion Hall - Shop for fair trade products and learn about the Fair Trade and Living Wage Campaign. This event is co-sponsored by SJU Students for Worker’s Rights. Evening of Prayer for People Living in Poverty, 7:30 p.m. in Campion Hall, Sunroom One - Spend an evening with peers, praying for those who live in poverty. The campus group Down to Pray will introduce their project “Operation Christmas Child,” an action-plan to help impoverished children. Wednesday, Nov. 9th:

Sister Francis Joseph, RA, Outreach Lecture, 7p.m. in the Campion Forum Theatre - Sponsored by the Faith-Justice Institute, Rich Massaro, director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps for Philadelphia and South Jersey, will give a talk entitled, “Cultivating Generative Genius: Developing Effective Social Entrepreneurs.” Massaro will discuss development initiatives in rural Africa, local social service efforts, microfinance programs in Asia and other social entrepreneurship projects. Thursday, Nov. 10th:

Make a Donation, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Loyola Center - Donate clothes, shoes, bedding, towels and small working appliances to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Please place items in a plastic bag. Friday, Nov. 11th:

Children of Kenya, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. in the Campion Forum Theatre - Parishioner John Trombore, of Old St. Joseph’s Church, and Michael Mungai ‘10, will speak about their experiences living among and serving the children of Kenya. Each talk is accompanied by a visual presentation. Friday, Nov. 11th:

Fast in Solidarity then Share a Simple Meal at 5:15 or 6:30 p.m. in the Wolfington First Floor Conference Room - Fast to promote solidarity with those who suffer from hunger, then share a simple meal and reflect with other participants. If you would like to fast but cannot attend the meal, email Joanna Barlow at for resources for reflection. For more information, visit the SJU Faith-Justice Institute website at

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