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Social Justice Week to Feature San Francisco Bishop

Benedictine College Highlights Social Issues Week of March 16

Published:Thursday, February 26, 2015

Social Justice Week at Benedictine College is set for March 16-19 and will focus attention on important social issues in Atchison, the United States and around the world.  The annual event offers student groups like the Benedictine College Hunger Coalition, the Sociology Club, Ravens Respect Life and the Knights of Columbus a chance to gain awareness on campus and in the community.

This year, the week begins with a keynote address from Bishop Robert W. McElroy, the auxiliary bishop of San Francisco who was recently named Bishop of San Diego. He will speak on “A Church for the Poor” on Monday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium on the Atchison campus.  All Social Justice Week events, including the Bishop’s talk, are free and open to the public. Read more about the Bishop here.

Additional presentations will take place throughout the week.  On March 17, the Hunger Coalition will present a faculty panel that will relate to the previous evening’s speech by the Bishop for Social Justice Week. Dr. Jamie Blosser (Theology Department) and Dr. Jim Madden (Philosophy Department) will be featured in "Commentary and Discussion of ‘A Church for The Poor'" at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center. Dr. Blosser will review thinking about social justice issues from the time of the early Christians, while Dr. Madden will look at how taking up the challenge of building a Church for the poor will require us to reorient our concern from narrow political questions to direct social action.

The Sociology Club and the Knights of Columbus will host Kristy Childs, founder of Veronica's Voice, for Social Justice Week. Ms. Childs will speak about "Prostitution and Trafficking: Understanding the Dynamics of Oppression" on Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the McAllister Board Room. For more background information, please see

The week will conclude on a dramatic note on March 19 with a presentation from Gianna Jessen, one of the few survivors of an attempted abortion.  Sponsored by Ravens Respect Life, Jessen will bring her moving story to Benedictine College at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the McAllister Board Room on the fourth floor of the Ferrell Academic Center. Her incredible presentation is free and open to the public. Read more.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.