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The Martha Trauth Social Justice Education Board is pleased to present the St. Thomas More Newman Center Parish’s inaugural speaker on Catholic Social Teaching, Marie Kenyon on September 15 at 7 pm in the chapel. Ms Kenyon will present Forming “Social Poets” in Your Parish: Living Catholic Social Teaching in Meter and Meaning.

Marie Kenyon, JD, is the Director of the Office of Peace & Justice for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis where she staffs the Peace & Justice Commission, chairs the Immigration Task Force and is the Diocesan CCHD Director. A lawyer by training, she founded and served as managing attorney for the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry from 1987-2015 when Archbishop Robert Carlson appointed her to her present position. Ms. Kenyon earned her bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and her JD from St. Louis University School of Law. She served two years in the Peace Corps prior to entering law school. Please join us in welcoming her to Newman.

Catholic Social Teaching is grounded in the gospel message of Jesus Christ and 2,000 years of lived tradition in the Church. St. Francis of Assisi, Thea Bowman, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, St. Oscar Romero, St. Teresa of Calcutta and many others have guided the Church’s understanding of how to live as Catholic Christians in the world. In the past 130 years, Catholic Social Teaching been addressed in a variety of encyclicals, pastoral letters, and other writings.