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Benedictine Coll. Social Justice Week Focuses on Poverty, Religious Freedom, Pro-Life Issues

Several student groups at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., will sponsor presentations on important social issues such as “poverty, civil rights, volunteerism, religious freedom and other topics” during Social Justice Week beginning on February 10, the College announced.

Participating student groups include the Benedictine College Hunger Coalition, the Black Student Union, the Sociology Club, Ravens Respect Life and the Knights of Columbus.

The College reported:

Events get underway on Monday, February 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center when Ravens Respect Life presents Jennifer Schmidt, M.A., a licensed clinical professional counselor and the assistant director of the Benedictine College Counseling Center.  Schmidt donates some of her time to Project Rachel, a post-abortion healing ministry.  Her presentation is titled “Be the Light:  Illuminating Perspectives on Perinatal Hospice.”
 
The Hunger Coalition and the Sociology Club will jointly present their guest, Kathy Dean, president of Uplift Inc., on Tuesday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center.  Uplift is an all volunteer organization that supports the homeless population by taking food, necessities and companionship to them on the streets of Kansas City.  Dean will speak on “Taking Care and Compassion to the Poor.”
 
On Wednesday, February 12, the Knights of Columbus will present Father Meinrad Miller, OSB, who will talk about “Pope Francis: His Call to Us for Prayer, Witness, and Concern for Others.”  The presentation, set for 7:30 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center, will focus on the call of Pope Francis to the Knights of Columbus, and through them to everyone.  On October 13, 2013, Pope Francis addressed the Knights, saying, “May prayer, witness to the faith and concern for our brothers and sisters in need always be the pillars supporting your work both individually and corporately.”

Benedictine College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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