The Joseph William and Madeline Eberle Klein Fund was established for the explicit purpose of supporting educational events (including courses, programs, lectures, and the like) and materials specifically directed toward greater inclusion in the Roman Catholic Church of those groups of persons currently disaffected from it including, but not limited to gays, women, and radical and political minorities.

Spring 2019

Church Sex Abuse Crisis: Perspectives on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

February 6, 7pm Foley Center
Dr. Kathy Sprows Cummings is the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. She is also an associate professor of American studies and history at Notre Dame and often serves as a media commentator on contemporary events in the Church.  She will be joined by a local attorney and therapist, who will share their perspectives on the Church Sex Abuse Crisis and the PA Grand Jury Report.


Love Thy Neighbor: Refugee & Immigrant Services in Philadelphia

February 19, 7pm, Foley Center
The panel discussion will be comprised of leaders from organizations such as HIAS, Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia and St. Thomas Aquinas Center, who are providing services to refugees and immigrants.

Fall 2018

Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues

November 14, 7pm, Chapel of Saint Joseph’s
Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, is world renown for her tireless work against the death penalty, especially in our national dialogue on capital punishment. Moreover, Sr. Helen has been instrumental in shaping the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to all executions as announced recently by Pope Francis. Join us for an evening presentation with Sr. Helen.

Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship

September 12, 7pm, Chapel of Saint Joseph's

Fr. Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world. Faith, compassion and unconditional love call us to find kinship with one another. In this lecture, Fr. Boyle will discuss his recent book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship. Fr. Boyle’s compelling stories witness to the challenges and joys of life on the margins and how radical kinship can break down barriers and transform our world.

For more information contact:

Annie Bole
Lectures and Programming Assistant
Phone: 610-660-1332