Justice In Action

Are you passionate about social justice? Do you love your faith? Are you hoping to grow more deeply in either or both of these areas? We have good news! The Catholic Church cares about justice too! We have an entire set of teachings, called Catholic Social Tradition, that offers challenging truths to inform and guide how we live our lives. Jesus calls us very directly to care for the marginalized and fight for a just and peaceful world, and the Church reflects that in her doctrine.

Throughout the Spring 2023 semester, Campus Ministry will focus on responding to the epidemic of violence and hatred in our country and world. Join us for talks, conversations, prayer, and community building around working for peace in our homes and our communities. 

  • Check out this handout, provided at a campus-wide prayer service, to learn more about action steps you can take to make a difference. 
  • Join us Monday, Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m. in the Coleman-Morse lounge for a conversation during National Gun Violence Survivors Week.

Let’s dream together about how we are called to serve God through our passion for justice:

  • Faith + Justice Alliance - Meet every other week with a small team of undergraduate student leaders to grow and learn together & plan justice programming for our campus. Beginning Monday, Feb. 6,  all undergrads are invited to join us every other Monday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Coleman-Morse 331 for dinner, conversation, and to plan concrete ways to make a difference. Please RSVP in advance when possible.
  • Justice Programming - We have begun offering a wide variety of opportunities to engage with social justice issues in light of our faith, including this semester a particular focus on ending violence and hatred in our world. Check the Campus Ministry enews for updates!
  • Immersion Experiences -
    • Upcoming: Campus Ministry will lead a Spring Break Immersion Trip to The Farm of the Child in Trujillo, Honduras. Founded on the pillars of simplicity, service, community, and spirituality, the Farm of the Child offers a home for children, a school, and a health clinic. Students from Notre Dame will spend the week playing with the kids, praying with the community, working on a service project, and immersing themselves in a culture unlike our own. Applications have closed. Please contact Becky Czarnecki at rczarne2@nd.edu to learn more or request to be put on a waiting list.
       
    • Past: Our first immersion experience, Blessed Are The Streets, was held Jan. 13-15, 2023. Students witnessed and experienced a day in the life of a homeless person living on the streets of our city, interwoven with experiences of prayer, Scripture, Catholic social tradition, and quiet reflection. We spent Friday evening and Sunday morning learning and reflecting on campus, with all of Saturday out in South Bend. This experience allowed students to engage with their understanding of social justice and experience a taste of our neighbors’ lives on the streets.
  • Wholemakers - Gather with a small group of students for just four total sessions to learn about the intersection of our Catholic faith and ecology. Reach out to join a group this Spring semester.
  • Service in South Bend - A great way to engage your passion for social justice RIGHT NOW is to sign up to serve the marginalized in the South Bend community. Click here to learn about the Mercy Works program and other opportunities to serve.
  • Let's talk! - Share your passions and your ideas for exploring faith & justice on this campus. Sign up here to meet with Becky Czarnecki, Assistant Director of Faith and Justice.

Contact

  • Becky Czarnecki, Assistant Director of Faith and Justice, rczarne2@nd.edu +1 574-631-9738