April 2020



The upcoming election will be a critical one in charting the future path of our country. Everyone who is eligible to vote should vote so your voice will be heard.

However, it's also critical that we be informed voters and that we support candidates who are guided by values that we hold as important.
To assist you in "voting your values", MSJC is beginning a series this month on the upcoming election and continuing with each issue through October. We hope you will find it helpful. 

Please let us know if you have any suggestions of what could be included. This month we have two resources to offer:

As we hunker down in our homes, many of us are wondering how best to respond to this enforced isolation and social distancing. How can we use our time most productively? Here are some ideas to consider. 


Care for the Vulnerable and COVID-1

In this resource from Education for Justice, learn about the unique challenges some of our neighbors experience and actions we can take to support them during the global pandemic.


Share Your Stories 

The North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) wants to know how being a Marianist during this pandemic has been a source of strength or challenge. Send your stories to Patti Gehred. With the author's permission, NACMS plans to publish these electronically in the future. 


COVID-19: Sign the Global Call for Ceasefire 

Join António Guterres, UN Secretary General, "in calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives." Read his full statement here and then add your name to this global call.


Read the most recent  updates from the Marianist Environmental Education Center.
Words of Hope from the Holy Ones 
Finding hope in this time of Covid-19 is both essential and challenging. This  MEEC blogpost reflects on finding hope from Pope Francis  and our experience of spring. Additional  MEEC blogposts  offer other reflections on integral ecology as well as images and nature notes to encounter God's creation in the native plants in springtime on the trails of the Marianist Nature Preserve at Mount St. John.
Two Opportunities from the Catholic Climate Covenant
  • Hope for Creation Initiative: Catholic Climate Covenant (CCC) invites you to submit prayers, meditations, stories, essays, art, poems, songs, photos, videos, etc. that lift up your love and hope for God's creation! Click here for details. In addition to submitting material to CCC, please also send submissions to MEEC so they can collate and capture all of the Marianist Family contributions.
  • Earth Day at 50, Laudato Si at 5 - A Virtual Celebration.
    In light of COVID-19, the CCC has revised their Earth Day program guide so it can be used by individuals or online groups. Get a copy here.

Catholic, Married and Gay - One Woman's Struggle 
In this podcast from the Jesuit Institute of South Africa, Michele de Klerk reflects about being a gay Catholic and her love of Catholicism. Michele was a full-time youth coordinator at her parish in Johannesburg. In 2017, she was finally able to recognize, admit, and confront the truth that she is gay. She speaks eloquently about her journey towards accepting her sexuality. It leaves her wrestling with God and the Church, asking whether God accepts and loves her as divorced, gay, and a mother.
"It Gets Better" 
"It Gets Better" 
In response to suicides among LGBT youth across the nation, young stars of Broadway came together in song. This video is dedicated to anyone who has ever been bullied or victimized because of who they are or how they are perceived.  Watch this vibrant, uplifting performance. You'll feel better!
  WOMEN & JUSTICE    Marie Therese

Marie Therese de Lamourous - 
A Model for the Work of Justice  
Barb Belle, chair of the Women and Justice Team, explains in this short article how Marie Therese is a model for our contemporary call to work for justice.   
New Papal Commission on the Women's Diaconate  
The Vatican announced recently that Pope Francis has created a new commission to study the ordination of women as deacons in the Catholic Church. Read about it here.

Immigrant Detainees Scared of COVID-19
- Listen, Learn, and Act
Study Guide Now Available for Just Mercy
The film Just Mercy presents the stunning and true story of Walter McMillian, a Black man convicted and sentenced to death in Alabama in 1988 for a crime he did not commit. The film illustrates the structural racism endemic to our capital punishment system and lays bare how this system devalues and cheapens all human life. Catholic Mobilizing Network has created a Catholic Study Guide that offers viewers a way to explore the Catholic call to uphold the sanctity of life within the U.S. legal system.
Restorative Justice in Alive
There is an excellent article on restorative justice in the current issue of Alive magazine. Chick here to read it.
PULSE    ( Partners in Urban Leadership, Service, & Education)

Marianist PULSE Applications 
Marianist PULSE is accepting applications for our 2020-21 year of service. Young adults interested in:
  • solidarity with the poor
  • intentional community living
  • a full-time non-profit service experience
  • spiritual and professional development as servant leaders through the Marianist Charism
are strongly encouraged to apply!   Click here  for more information. We are confident the needs of our communities will continue and likely grow in the midst of this pandemic. Please invite young adults you know to share their time and talent!  
Part-Time Job Opportunity at Marianist PULSE 
An Administrative Assistant position is available for the  Marianist PULSE  program in Dayton. Learn more .
Arundhati Roy
"Author and activist
Arundhati Roy discusses how societies can use crises to catapult themselves into a better future: 'Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.' Roy argues that we have a choice: we can walk through it holding onto outdated ideas and prejudice or 'we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.'"
Wendy Feliz & Suzette Brooks Masters, Center for Inclusion & Belonging

Questions, comments, or feedback for 
Justice Jottings can be sent to  Jim Vogt