Saturday February 9, 2012
December 15, 2012
For more than a decade, the Catholic Labor Network has brought together labor activists passionate about their Catholic faith with clerical and lay Catholic activists seeking to explore Catholic social teaching and its implications for worker justice. More recently they have affiliated with the World Movement of Christian Workers, to become the American representative. The WMCW is a pontifical association of the Christian faithful focused on the concerns of workers.
I am pleased to report that the Catholic Labor Network’s annual meeting in conjunction with the Social Ministry Gathering of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 9am to 3:30pm. The theme will be “Church and Labor: Faith Completed by Works” In addition, we strongly encourage all of you to stay, and actively take part in the entire Catholic Social Ministry Gathering. With the many social ministry issues facing our Church and nation, we and the other participating Catholic organizations will gain new perspectives and energy from greater interaction and dialog.
Our keynote speaker will be Father Clete Kiley, currently on leave from the Archdiocese of Chicago and leading work on immigration reform for UNITEHERE. This year he has attracted considerable media attention for his initiative to train a new generation of “labor priests.”
Other speakers will include:
A representative from the USCCB Office of Justice, Peace and Human Development, who will review public policy issues of 2012 like collective bargaining, the budget, and unemployment insurance, from the Bishops’ perspective
Adam Reich, author of With God on Our Side: The Struggle for Worker Rights at a Catholic Hospital (Cornell, 2012). He will talk about how a ten year union organizing dispute concluded with union recognition for the workers of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital – and how workers and management have since moved beyond conflict to surprisingly positive labor relations.
Please join us! You can send us a check with the enclosed registration form, or register online.
God Bless all of you in the Holy Advent/Christmas Season,
CLN Executive Committee
If you would like more information you can contact us at:
- Phil Tabbita – CLN President
- Clayton Sinyai – CLN Treasurer
- Fr. Sinclair Oubre, J.C.L. – CLN Spiritual Moderator