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May 2 session in St. Louis to serve as follow-up to U.S. bishops’ recent pastoral letter on racism

Event will be held May 2 at Cardinal Rigali Center

An upcoming event in the Archdiocese of St. Louis will take a closer look at the U.S. bishops’ recently released pastoral letter on racism and ways in which Catholics can work against the evil of racism.

Danielle Brown, associate director of the U.S. bishops’ ad hoc Committee Against Racism, will be the main speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury.

Brown will talk about the bishops’ pastoral letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” which was approved at their General Assembly, held in Baltimore in November. The discussion also will include best practices for implementing the calls to action found in the letter.

Several representatives from parishes in the archdiocese also will share their practical ideas for implementing points of the pastoral letter.

Initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in August 2017, the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism was created to address the evil of racism in society and the Church. It also addresses the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions, and to support the implementation of the bishops’ pastoral letter on racism.

The gathering is co-sponsored by Catholic Charities of St. Louis, Saint Louis University, St. Charles Lwanga Center, Office of Marriage and Family Life, Catholic Youth Apostolate, Peace and Justice Commission, the North City Deanery Interracial Relations Committee, Office of the Diaconate, Department of Evangelization and Parish Ministry Support, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Office of Education and Formation, Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Aquinas Institute of Theology, Respect Life Apostolate and the Office of Hispanic Ministry.

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