‘Good News in Tough Times’ Is Topic at Manhattan Church


On Saturday, April 2, St. Francis of Assisi Church in Manhattan, Pax Christi Metro New York, SOMOS Community Care and archdiocesan Catholic Charities will hold a bilingual symposium on Catholic social teaching, “Good News in Tough Times: Following Jesus in a Wounded Church and Divided Nation.”

The morning will feature two keynote speakers: John Carr of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Octavio Cisneros of the Diocese of Brooklyn. 

Carr is the founder and co-director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. He served for over 20 years as director of the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He will deliver his keynote speech in English.

Octavio Cisneros, a Cuban-American prelate, has been a bishop since 2006. Bishop Cisneros has been associated with the Northeast Catholic Center for Hispanics, the “Instituto Nacional Hispano de Liturgia,” the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy and the Conference of Diocesan Directors for the Spanish Apostolate, which he served as president. Bishop Cisneros will deliver his keynote speech in Spanish.

In the afternoon, participants will attend small group sessions on climate justice, immigration, homelessness, war and peace, poverty and violence, and empowering the poor. 

The day will end with a bilingual Mass celebrated by Archbishop Roberto González, O.F.M., of the Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Information and registration: https://stfrancisnyc.org/goodnews-toughtimes.