The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

On Tuesday, Sister Bernadette and S Heather Marie Deneen joined delegates from their respective states to lobby their representatives from Michigan and South Carolina. According to Sister Bernadette, “It was a chance of a lifetime to meet with our state representatives and bring up issues that could impact our nation as a whole.”

Later in the day, Sister Bernadette was on the set of a live interview from various news sources questioning Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, regarding the Farm Bill that was just passed by the Senate and will now head to the White House for President Obama’s signature. At the end of the live recording, Sister Bernadette had a chance to talk with Senator Stabenow regarding the new bill and how it will impact those most in need of financial support among the poor.

Sister Bernadette summarized her experience in this way: “It is a good time to reflect on the challenge our Holy Father is presenting to us to witness more authentically and joyfully to our faith, to be open not only to the needs but also to the gifts and wisdom of people at the margins, and to renew and strengthen our attention and response to the One who is the source of our Hope.”

The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and 15 national Catholic partner organizations, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Rural Life and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.