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 racial and political minorities.

Fall 2019

Building a Bridge: Reaching Out to the Excluded in Our Church

Tuesday, September 17th, 7 pm, Foley Center

Fr. James Martin S.J. will be speaking about creating a welcoming, inclusive space for all in the Catholic Church.

Day of Learning on Catholic Social Teaching and Racism Just Water

Thursday, September 26th

Shawnee Daniels-Sykes, PhD, Professor of Theology and Ethics at Mount Mary University with join the SJU community for a learning community with faculty, a classroom visit, meeting with students, and a reflection dinner. Dr. Daniels-Sykes will speak about her experience developing and teaching a course on African American Religious Thought and how she worked to create safe spaces for students to have difficult conversations. Through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, she will also be speaking about overcoming unconscious racial bias, structural racism, and dismantling white privilege.

Just Water

Tuesday, October 8th, 7 pm, Foley Center

Christina Zenner, PhD, Associate Professor of Theology, Science and Ethics in the Department of Theology at Fordham University, will be speaking about the ethics of access to fresh water globally and the ecological turn in Catholic Social Teaching.

Poets Speaking Back to Catholicism

Tuesday, October 29th, 7 pm, Foley Center

Padraig O'Tuama, Irish poet and theologian, and Marie Howe, American poet and former poet laureate of the state of New York, will do a reading of their poetry and discuss the intersection of language and religion, and the transformative power of poetry.

Blood of the Martyrs

Monday, November 11th, 7 pm, Forum Theatre

Film screening followed by a discussion moderated by a faculty member from the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program.

The 30th Anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

Tuesday, November 12th, 11 am, Doyle Banquet Hall South

A guided discussion over lunch sponsored by the Faith-Justice Institute, the Jesuit Community, and the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program.

Spring 2019

Visionary Women: Sr. Mary Scullion, RSM

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 7 pm, Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center
In celebration of Women's History Month, Sr. Mary Scullion, President and Executive Director of Project HOME, will be speaking in the Foley Center on Wednesday, March 27th from 7-9 pm about her journey as co-founder of Project HOME, the historical contributions of women as champions of peace and social justice in the Catholic Church, and how the role of women in the Church could evolve.

Love Thy Neighbor: Refugee & Immigrant Services in Philadelphia

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7 pm, Cardinal John P. Foley Campus 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.

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

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7 pm, Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center
Rev. Daniel R. Joyce, S.J. will moderate a panel discussion in response to the PA Grand Jury Report released in August 2018, which detailed the outcome of one of the broadest inquiries into Church Sex Abuse in United States history. Dr. Kathy Sprows Cummings, Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame will be joined by a local attorney and therapist, who will share their professional perspectives on the PA Grand Jury Report and the abuse of children by clergy.

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
Email: abole@sju.edu
Phone: 610-660-1132