Preview of Spring 2015 events
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Spring 2015

Contemplatives in Action: what does it take to become a saint?
Catholic Christians revere a large and diverse group of extraordinary individuals we call saints.  They are men and women, young children as well as those advanced in years, and are from everywhere imaginable.  Their lives remind us of how God accompanies all people in all times in all places. In their diverse array, it is important to note the two things that all saints have in common: they all share a deep prayer life, and demonstrate an active service to the poor.   Perhaps one of the best ways this has been described in the Christian tradition is by calling them contemplatives in action.
With the news that Archbishop Oscar Romero has been declared a martyr (an important step in the process towards sainthood) it looks as if this group will soon welcome another officially recognized member.  His life provides a moving example of what contemplation in action looks like; in prayer, Romero experienced a profound transformation that compelled him to speak against violence and oppression of the poor in El Salvador. For him to be named a saint reinforces the powerful message that all Christians have a place to work for peace and justice.
Thomas Merton is famously quoted as saying, “for me to be a saint, is to be myself.”  We’re not all called to be Romero, but we are all called to be saints.  And we trust that God has already given us all we need to live a life balanced between contemplation and action.  Karl Barth reminds us, “to clasp our hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” As we devote ourselves more fully to prayer, we bring healing and peace to the broken pieces of our world, our communities, our families and our own hearts. 
It is my hope that these upcoming programs and opportunities will deepen your spirituality and help you experience continued transformation on your way toward living out the vocation to be contemplatives in action, that is, saints.
A Charism of Compassion:
Lenten prayer inspired by the Society of the Sacred Heart
with Mary Pat White, RSCJ

Date: Wednesday, February, 25, 2015
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Salomon Hall, Bishop Maher Hall, University of San Diego
Free of cost, open to all.

Co-sponsored by The Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action

Mary Pat White, RSCJ, Vocation Director for the United State-Canada Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart, will offer an evening of Lenten prayer and reflection.  Along with Sr. Sally Furay & Mother Rosalie Hill, Sr. Mary Pat is a member of the founding order of the San Diego College for Women, the precursor to USD.  Members of the Society of the Sacred Heart describe their lives as "wholly contemplative and wholly apostolic," or simply put, they seek to integrate their ardent prayer lives and their ministries to educate and transform the world.  Sr. Mary Pat will share wisdom from the charism of the Society of the Sacred Heart, practical tips for how to live with this balance, and lead the group in quiet reflection, prayer and group sharing.

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Romero Week 2015
Love Must Win Out:
Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero's Life and Legacy

Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00pm in the KIPJ Theatre.*
Kevin Clarke, senior editor of America  magazine, will speak on the Life and Legacy of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero in honor of the 35th anniversary of Romero’s martyrdom. Clarke is the author of a recent biography of Archbishop Romero, Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out, published by Liturgical Press as part of their “People of God” series.

Clarke will be joined by panelists, Dr. Patricia Marquez, Dean of the School of Peace Studies, and Father Peter Gyves, SJ, Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in San Diego. This panel is particularly timely in light of the Vatican Commission’s recent designation of Archbishop Romero as a martyr for the faith, an important step on the way to sainthood.

Wednesday, March 25th at 9:00pm in Founders Chapel, Founders Hall.*
The Mass for Peace will be offered in remembrance of Archbishop Romero.

Thursday, March 26th at 5:30pm in Salomon Hall, Bishop Maher Hall.*
The documentary Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero will be shown, followed by guided discussion. The film contains rare recordings and film footage including Romero’s moving last homily before he was killed, calling for the Salvadoran soldiers to stop the killing. 

Event series sponsored by the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture and the Center for Christian Spirituality.

*All events are free of cost and open to all.

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The Word That Clamors: Poetry as Prayer
with Malachi Black, Ph.D.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Salomon Hall, Bishop Maher Hall, University of San Diego
Free of cost, open to all.

The great poet Mary Oliver describes the art of poetry as the “endless work of paying attention.”  This seems also an apt definition for prayer.  Yet the importance of paying attention is so often lost on us with the busyness and quickening pace of everyday life.  Perhaps a deeper appreciation for poetry can help us be better pray-ers, more attentive to our own lives, each other, and God.
Malachi Black, an award winning poet and Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at USD, will offer insight into how poetry can help us get in touch with our deepest yearnings, wake us up, and deepen our understanding of our spiritual lives.  He will select readings from some of his favorite poets as well as offer readings from his most recent publication, Storm Toward Morning.

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Events of interest
"Sisters of Selma"
A part of USD's "Civil Rights Now" event series.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time: 5-7pm
Location: SOLES Executive Classroom, University of San Diego
Free of cost, open to all.

Event series sponsored by the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture and the Center for Christian Spirituality.

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Faith That Does Justice
Jews, Muslims, and Christians working together for a just society

Guest Speaker: Imam Taha Hassane
Why do Islamic people work for social justice?”

Date: February 10, 2015
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Parish Hall
1770 Kearney Ave., San Diego, CA 92102

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