Hesburgh meets with Woman ’ s

  • Published 2013

Abstract

A pprox im ate ly 350 m e m b e rs of th e N otre D am e com m unity g a th e re d to g e th e r to a t t e n d a M a s s for Social Ju s t ic e a t th e Grotto y e s te rd ay . T he 12:15 M a s s w as ce le b ra ted by Fr. Jo hn Fitzgerald , d irec to r of th e co lleg ia te p ro g ra m at M oreau Sem inary a n d a m e m b e r of th e C a m p u s M in is t ry staff. At th e s tar t of th e M a s s , F i tzge ra ld m en t io n ed four reaso ns for th e ce lebra tion . " W e ' r e h e re in gratitude for th o se though tfu l and sens it ive s tu d e n ts an d faculty who have c aused us to s top an d re -exam ine o u r c o m m itm en t to ju s t i c e , " he s ta ted . " W e ' r e h e re to c e le b ra te ou r determination th a t th is University , th is h u m a n e n te r p r i s e which is so m uch a p art of ou r lives, shall indeed s tan d for th e G ospel c o m m itm en t to ju s t i c e . " " W e g a th e r in concern th a t w e d o n ' t bu sy o u rse lves rem oving specks from o u r b ro th e rs ' an d s i s te r s ' ey es while ignoring th e b eam s in o u ro w n , " he con tinued . " W e ' r e h e re to ce le b ra te our solidarity with 21 w orkers of th e N otre D a m e 's g ro u n d s crew w hose plight has a ro u se d ou r consc ience an d re-fired ou r com m itm en t to ju s t i c e ." The idea of a m ass for social justice o rg in ia ted a t a m ee t in g held T uesd ay by s tu d e n ts an d m e m b e rs of th e faculty. The m ee t ing w as held in r e sp o n se to th e U n iv e rs i ty 's a n n o u n c e m e n t to p e rm an en t ly layoff 21 g ro u n d sk e e p e rs . Tom Soma, s tu d e n t body v ice-p res iden t , spoke a t th e b eg inn ing of th e m a ss to clarify a s t a te m e n t a t t r ib u te d to him in y e s te rd a y 's Observer T h e s ta te m e n t rep o r ted th a t Som a considered th e m ass " a n in s t ru m e n t of d em o n s tra t io n ag a in s t th e U n iv e rs i ty ." Som a s ta ted th a t th e m ass w as not m ea n t to be an in s t ru m e n t of dem on s tra t io n . The M a ss w as to b e a com m unity ce lebra tion of faith an d a s ign of concern for social jus tice eve ry w h ere , according to S o m a .__________________________________________________

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@inproceedings{2013HesburghMW, title={Hesburgh meets with Woman ’ s}, author={}, year={2013} }