Catholics for Peace and Justice Winter Forum 2015
"Open to the Word – Empowering People through Faith and Action"

On Saturday, February 21, 2015 

7:30 am - 
Registration, Networking and Organization Tables  
8:30 am to 12:30 pm - Program
See a List of Organizations with Information Tables Below 

At St. Alphonsus – 6060 W. Loomis Road, Greendale, WI
Enter at the main church entrance on the south side of the building complex off Loomis Road.

Bishop Richard Sklba

“The Word of God is living and effective, sharper than a two-edged sword” (Heb 4:12), bringing “glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives recovery of sight to the blind and freedom to the oppressed” (Luke 4:18).  The proclamation of the Word in the Eucharistic Assembly has the power to shape and energize a community for the true work of the week, namely the mission of praising God by transforming the world.  Our own openness to being changed by God’s grace is the primary mark of a true disciple / apprentice of Jesus.

Conference Fee
Registeration by Friday, February 13, 2015 [CLOSED]
Adult $10, Student $7

Registration on the day of Forum
Adult $12, Student $8

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Catholics for Peace and Justice
Attention: Winter Forum
5101 W. Center Street
Milwaukee, WI  53210

Scholarships available
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Questions? Directions?
Email us at
Call Thelma Walker at 414.421.3173
or Debra Schneider at 414.550.2167

Who Should Attend?
Members of social justice groups, human concerns, committee members, parish council members, catechists, students, staff and the community at large, who are interested in learning more about how to initiate or enhance justice education, advocacy, and the spiritual connection necessary to sustain these ministries within their group, parish or congregation.

*Capuchin Ministries
*Archdiocese of Milwaukee Office of Human Dignity / Justice for Immigrants Campaign
*Capuchin Ministries
*Catholic Charities
*Catholics for Peace and Justice / Greater Together Coalition / Rwanda / Common Ground / 11X15 Campaign
*Four Corners Fair Trade - Education and Fair Trade Goods for Sale
*Interfaith Conference Greater Milwaukee / Interfaith Earth Network
*MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary
*ONE Campaign
*Peace Action of Wisconsin
*Repairers of the Breach
*The Secular Franciscans
*Women of Cell Block 12 – Prison Ministry
*World Missions Office of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Why Attend?
Open to the Word: Empowering People through Faith and Action; is a participatory forum on justice, justice education, advocacy and the building of a spiritual faith foundation that supports you and your community’s ministry. Through presentation, networking and discussion, this forum will help equip you to tackle the question of how to educate, transform and empower people in your community to move from charity only to include ways to create solidarity, enable the people you serve and advocate for structural change.

Break Out Sessions - Choose Three

Living the Joy of the Gospel
In his encyclical The Joy of the Gospel Pope Francis calls all to be evangelizers.  Explore the ways evangelization impacts human concerns ministries.
Leader: Jim Gill, Director of Child and Family Ministry, St. Mary, Waukesha; SSND Associate

Creating Transformative Experiences for Adults
Our youth are often required to come face to face with the people they serve.  How can we create these same transformative experiences for adults in our communities? Leaders: Bob Schuelke Former Director of Social Justice Ministries and Outreach for the Four Eastside Catholic Parishes; Pam Lownik, Social Concerns Coordinator St. Mary Hales Corners.

Justice and Spirituality: Partners in Transformation
The justice agenda for the 21st century is calling us to a spirituality of conversion and community. Please join in exploring ways in which we can integrate this spirituality in our efforts to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with our God and each other.
Leader: Fran Cunningham, SSSF, Parish Relations Coordinator for Catholic Charities

Poverty in Wisconsin; What does it look like? 
Poverty not only affects food and shelter, it impacts a child’s health, ability to learn, probability of incarceration and more. Learn about the shift in WI poverty, myths surrounding the poor, and what it will take to create real change.
Leader: Jim Moeser, Deputy Director, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families [WCCF]

The Archdiocesan Synod Priorities for Catholic Social Teaching and Diversity
Gain a greater understanding of these Synod priorities, how they were determined, how they will be implemented and how you might use this information to influence your ministry.
Leader: Parish Director and Deacon Sandy Sites 

Faith encounters the Ecological Crises
What is the nature of the ecological crises that is unfolding before us? What challenges does it pose for people of faith? Learn what Church leaders are doing and saying, and the part we can play on the advent of Pope Francis’ coming encyclical. 
Leader: Margaret Swedish, Author and Spirituality & Ecological Hope Project Director

Voices in the Wilderness – Initiating Advocacy in Our Parishes
Moving a parish outreach’s balance from predominately works of direct assistance (handouts) to increasing pursuit of justice (changing systems) is challenging.  Learn steps taken by some parishes to embrace advocacy efforts.
Leaders: Mary Krolikowski, St. Catherine - Milwaukee, Debra Schneider, St. James – Menomonee Falls


7:30 am  Registration and Check In, Continental breakfast,                    Visit participating organizations

8:30 am Bishop Richard Sklba 

9:40 am        Breakout Session 1
10:35 am     Breakout Session 2
11:30 am     Breakout Session 3

12:20 pm     Group Prayer and Sending Forth
12:30 pm     Formal Presentations End

1:00 pm     *Attending Organizations’ Tables Close

Sponsored by Catholics for Peace and Justice
Catholics for Peace and Justice is an organization of people in southeastern Wisconsin who affirm the Church's teaching on human dignity which upholds a "consistent ethic of life" for all. We are concerned about the state of our nation and world. We see a world threatened by war, terrorism, growing economic inequality, environmental catastrophe, and divisions between religions, nations, races, genders, and ethnic groups. We call on Catholics, and all people of faith, to consider whether their political and economic beliefs and actions are reflective of their faith.