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Mission Intern with the Riverwest Food Pantry
Riverwest Food Pantry's Mission House in Milwaukee is now receiving applicants ages 21-26 for their year-long missionary internship which includes room, board and a monthly stipend. Interns live together in Catholic justice formation in the neighborhoods of Riverwest and Harambee. Interns are trained in assisting the poor, running community meals, urban gardens, food rescue, learning non-profit and neighborhood development leadership skills!

Start Date: August 13, 2018-July 27th, 2019

For application and more information, email Samantha Vosters at samantha@riverwestfoodpantry.org. More information can be found at www.riverwestfoodpantry.org/mission-house


Calling Teens to Serve!
It's never too early to start making summer plans. Registration is now open for teens aged 15 through 18 to participate in Reach Out Reach In, a summer service week sponsored by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, held July 15-20, 2018. This program is local and is great for teens who want to be involved in direct service and social action. The sites, located around the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, include homeless shelters, adult day care, community organizations, meal programs, organic farms, child care and more. Scholarships are available.

For more information visit: www.archmil.org/RORI


Mission Pilgrimage Opportunities

The Office for World Mission is offering two Mission Pilgrimage Opportunities for Young Adults (ages 18—39) this summer. Trip locations are Bolivia and the Dominican Republic and applications are now being accepted. For more information, call 414-758-2282 or visit: www.archmil.org/GlobalMission


Share your gift of the English Language
Participate in this wonderful volunteer opportunity at St. Michael’s Parish, 1445 N. 24th Street. We are looking for tutors to help the adult refugees from Myanmar, the former Burma, in learning English and in preparation for citizenship.   

Tutoring would be on a one-on-one basis for one hour once a week. The day and time are agreed upon by the teacher/tutor and the student.  Easy to follow materials are provided.         

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Patricia (Pat) Roehrig, at proehrig@wi.rr.com  or call 414-461-5592.

Might you be interested in working as a volunteer with Patricia (Pat) Roehrig in organizing, planning and coordinating the adult English-as-a-Second-Language Program at St. Michael’s Parish on 24th and Cherry Streets in Milwaukee?  Currently 74 students from Myanmar (the former Burma) are studying to learn English and to work on Citizenship preparation.  For clarification and questions call Pat at 414-461-5592 or e-mail her at proehrig@wi.rr.com.

Recurring Events:
  • Siena Retreat Center - January and February Programs
  • Food, Faith and Farming Network - Milwaukee Winter Farmers' Market Schedule
  • Conversation on Race: A Talk Worth Having
    • Bringing people together from across the community to be agents of transformation as we work to dismantle racism. Gatherings occur on the 2nd Tuesdays of each month (dates are set through 6/11/19) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brown Deer United Methodist Church, 5736 W Brown Deer Rd. Learn more.
  • Interfaith Earth Network Faith & Ecology Conversation Series
    • Moral Ground: a reflective call to ethical action for environmental justice. Every 3rd Tuesdayfrom 7:00-8:30 p.m., Urban Ecology Center Riverside Park, 1500 E Park Place, Milwaukee. Learn more about the January and February conversations here.
  • Nonviolent Communication Practice Groups (Flyer)
    • Milwaukee Friends Meeting House, Milwaukee, Every Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm. Learn more.
    • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish, New Berlin, 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 7:00-8:30 pm from October 2018 - May 2019. Learn more.
    • United Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Waukesha, (Two separate groups to choose from!)
      • Tuesday Morning Group, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 10:30-Noon from October 2018 - May 2019. Learn more.
      • Thursday Afternoon Group, 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 1:00-2:30 pm from October 2018 - May 2019. Learn more.
  • Weekly Prayer for Reconciling and Healing Racism in Our City.
    • Join us in person at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Fridays at 12:15 p.m. for this 30 minute communal contemplative prayer with the intention of reconciling and healing racism in our city. Feel free to pray privately wherever you are in solidarity with those gathered at the Cathedral if you are not able to join in person. Brought to you by:Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Three Holy Women, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Old St. Mary's, Saints Peter and Paul Human Concerns/Social Justice Commissions, Urban Ministry of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. For more information, please contact: Anne Haines hainesa@archmil.org A reflective call to ethical action for environmental justice: actualizing the On the Table conversation. Learn more

More Precious than Gold - Jan 19
In partnership with Plowshare Fair Trade Marketplace and Education for Peace, Waukesha Public Library presents More Precious than Gold - The Back Forty Mine: A Clash of Values. This documentary follows a community as it challenges the installation of a 750-foot open pit mine on the banks of the Menominee River. Filmmakers Karen Slattery and Mark Doremus will lead a discussion following the film. Saturday, January 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Waukesha Public Library.

Moving from Bias to Justice - Jan 21
To honor Dr. King’s Legacy, the keynote speaker, Reggie Jackson, explains the biological and social roots of unconscious bias, its cost to our society, and how we can fulfill America’s promise of liberty and justice for all. Monday, January 21, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Waukesha County Technical College, Gymnasium Building S, 800 Main St. Learn more and register for this free event here.

Archdiocese Respect Life Mass - Jan 22
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki will preside at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Respect Life Mass, Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m., at Lumen Christi Parish in Mequon (11300 St James Lane), in observance of the National Day of Penance and Prayer for Life as Catholics across the country pray in penance for violations to the dignity cof the human person committed through acts of abortion and for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life, from conception to natural death. Praying the Rosary for Life begins at 6:30 p.m. Call 262.242.7967 or click here for more information.

2019 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering - Feb 2-5
The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is the central gathering of Catholic social ministry leaders in the United States. It equips leaders and emerging leaders with the knowledge, relationships, and skills to build communities where all can thrive. The theme of the 2019 gathering is rooted in our commitment as disciples to cultivate God's justice, at home and around the world, to heal the brokenness our communities reflected in racism, incivility, and poverty. February 2-5, Washington D.C. Omni Shoreham Hotel. Learn more and register here.

Living in the Web of Creation - Feb 17
The Waukesha County Creation Care Network is an outreach program of the Waukesha County Green Team, designed to connect faith communities working on care for our greater home – Earth. Anyone who wishes to be part of a faith-based network of people engaged in caring for creation is welcome to join us! In partnership with: WI Green Muslims, Laudato Si Project, St. James Catholic Church, St. Anthony on the Lake, Catholics for Peace and Justice, and with support of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Social Justice Ministry. Learn More at www.WCCCN.org . Flyer.

An Evening with Bruce Sanguin - Mar 15
“The Heart’s Evolution,” from the author of If Darwin Prayed. When the evolutionary narrative that science has given us is stripped of its materialistic assumptions, it is possible to interpret our deepest longings as signs of a sacred unfolding—the very heart of the divine moving in and through us and through this Great Unfolding. Friday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. at the Siena Retreat Center. Learn more and register here.

A Day with Bruce Sanguin - Mar 15
"The Heart of the Christ,” from the Author of If Darwin Prayed. This day will focus on the heart as a spiritual center of deep intelligence, where the energies of the Heavens and Earth meet. We will explore the spiritual path of purification through the lens of emotional, psychological, and physical trauma, and trauma’s impact on our capacity for intimacy, joy and authenticity. Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a,m, - 3:00 p.m. at the Siena Retreat Center. Learn more and register here.

SAVE THE DATE: WISDOM's Madison Action Day - March 26, 2019
We will gather from around the state in our Capitol Building in Madison. No matter who wins the coming elections, it is important for our legislators in Madison to understand that we want ACTION! We will provide more information as it becomes available. 

SAVE THE DATE: Human Concerns Summit - Apr 6
A morning of prayer, formation, and networking to unite people in Catholic Social Teaching and its commitment to serve our neighbors, especially those living in need. April 6, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Cousins Center, 3501 S. Lake Dr., Milwaukee. Learn more.  

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 SOPHIA Prayer Breakfast and Silent Auction - Apr 27
La Casa de Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha. More information will be available here.

SAVE THE DATE: Catholics at the Capitol - April 30, 2019
Every two years, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) joins several Catholic organizations in hosting Catholics at the Capitol. Hundreds of Catholics from around the state come to Madison for this day of formation and legislative advocacy. Catholics at the Capitol 2019 will take place at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Watch the Wisconsin Catholic Conference site for more information as it becomes available.