Maynooth Campus Social Justice Week is an initiative of the Mission Alive Office of the Irish Missionary Union, Maynooth Student’s Union and NUIM Chaplaincy, involving students and staff across the campus as well as outside agencies. This year the Salesian community in St. Catherines was privileged to host two of the week’s events.
On Wednesday afternoon, Fr Martin McCormack, who has just returned from working as a Salesian missionary in Swaziland, spoke to the topic of ‘Social Justice & Liberation Theology as experienced on the ground. Fr Martin joined the community in St Catherines in September and for his workshop drew on his practical experience of working in the fields of educations, sport and Aids welfare in Swaziland.
ON Thursday, the Community hosted a workshop to mark EU Anti-Human trafficking day facilitated by Sr Joan Roddy DMJ. Again a good crowd attended, and those in attendance went on to join a silent and blindfolded march on the campus to highlight publicly the issue of human trafficking.
The St Catherine’s Community, a mixed community of Salesians and lay students, are also happy to collaborate with the NUIM Chaplaincy team of Shay, Catherine and Deidre on a number of other events this term including the weekly youth mass on Sunday evenings at 9pm, the weekly Wednesday youth 2000 prayer group and the retreat weekend of Nov. 2nd to Glendalough.
St Catherines is also running its own version of ‘The Gathering’ as it welcomes back the friends of the house who have returned to the campus after the summer holidays on Oct 25th. All welcome…