Journey to Justice Retreat:
Catholic Reflections on Our Call to Address Racial Inequity
Saturday, November 5, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Shrine Visitors Center
Breakfast and lunch included with cost
The retreat will follow the Journey to Justice Day Guidebook provided by USCCB.
Copresenter – Fr. Mark Dean, OMI
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
Racial Equity and Justice Committee, Diocese of Belleville
Catholic Campaign for Human Development Committee, Diocese of Belleville
In the U. S. the average Black and Hispanic households earn about half as much as the average White household and own only about 15 to 20 percent as much net wealth. This racial inequality didn’t just happen accidentally. It was the result of a long history of social policies, institutions, and procedures. Many well-intentioned people were blind to these systems but nevertheless benefited from them while others fell farther behind.
Catholic moral theology has long recognized the responsibility to repair harm or injury done to another. There exists a serious obligation to repair the economic injuries and material deprivation that has been inflicted upon communities of color. How can this be done when the problem wasn’t created by any one individual and was centuries in the making?
This retreat will prayerfully reflect on what led us to where we are today and our Catholic teaching on social sin. More importantly, we will consider the call of the Gospel, how the Church is responding and what we might further do to repair past harms.
(*Discounted price thanks to diocesan funds)