Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 26, 2014
At the recent National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) event held in St. Paul, Minnesota, Center of Concern President Lester A. Myers, Ph.D., and Director of Development Ms. Chris Hyland participated in the conference program to present a video and to recognize the Catholic Sisters’ contributions to the life of the Center. Referring specifically to the Sisters’ long-standing relationship with the Center, Dr. Myers offered words of gratitude for the Sisters’ role in promoting the Center’s work at the intersection of Catholic social tradition and critical issues of social justice and human rights.
Myers said, “The Center celebrates this [NCSW] opportunity to thank the Sisters for having contributed abundantly to the continuing life of the Center and its work on areas of ecology and development, faith and justice education, global women’s issues, human rights and multilateral financial institutions, and other urgent issues.” Hyland says, “We are excited to share our deep appreciation for the Sisters’ leadership service to the Center as board members, team members, external collaborators, and as supporters.”
For the NCSW presentation, the Center produced the video entitled, “Charting our Course,” featuring the Center’s first director, Rev. William F. Ryan, S.J. In an on-camera interview, Ryan recalled the decisive moment in 1971 when the Sisters provided the definitive investment to launch the Center of Concern. Reading from a 1971 letter addressed to Sister Luke Tobin, Ryan said, “Once again I want to tell you how grateful I am for all the help you gave me and the future of the Center [while we were in] Atlanta. Sisters' support simply changed or reversed the direction of the tide of the Center, no small feat.”
The occasion of the NCSW conference provided opportunity for the Center to recall its foundation while planning its future with a new team, including Sister Dianna Ortiz, OSU, associate director, Education for Justice Project. Myers says, “The Sisters and the Center have remained, through many changes in the Church and the world, committed to attending, reflecting, and acting in solidarity to transform economic, political, and cultural systems to promote sustainable flourishing of the global community and to build a new humanity, with particular inspiration to follow the lead of Pope Francis in remembering the poor.”
Established in 1971, the Center of Concern continues to deliver research, education, and advocacy from Catholic social tradition in order to create a world where economic, political, and cultural systems promote sustainable flourishing of the global community.