Last Friday, we hosted the inaugural Cardinal McCarrick Award Benefit at Trinity University in Washington, D.C.
Franciscan Action Network is very blessed to work each year with at least one person in our offices in the form of Internships. These bright young people help us to accomplish many tasks while gaining valuable experience in the Grassroots Organizing and non-profit fields. Our most recent intern, Sophie Meacham shared a reflection about spending her summer with us.
Read about Sophie's experience on our blog, Being Franciscan.
All of us at FAN want to put together reflections of events and communities that are doing things "the Franciscan Way" in order to help better reflect what it is we all try to do in this calling.
On June 26, FAN staff members Sister Marie Lucey and Minette Achankeng attended an interfaith rally in our nation's capitol to pray for immigration reform. Among the crowd of immigrants and supporters was Network's Sr. Simone Campbell, fresh off the "Nuns on the Bus" tour held to raise awareness about our nation's broken immigration laws. Sr. Marie is pictured at right as she reads the following prayer she contributed during the rally.
Franciscan Earth Corps' Rhett Engelking was recently in New York City to spread the gospel of sustainability. Here's his report from the field.
Let me begin by describing an experience that I had while in Washington D.C. during Easter week. This was at a series of conferences designed so that faith-based advocacy groups could promote their most recent initiatives to fellow advocacy organizations and interested members of the public. I was tabling on behalf of the Franciscan Action Network, and we were promoting our current campaigns on gun safety, immigration reform, and the climate crisis. I was also there to promote Franciscan Earth Corps as an emerging young adult initiative. Beside me at our table stood a statuette of St. Francis and piles of informational brochures. In the week preceding, I meticulously reviewed the key aspects of all of our campaigns. I was prepared to give the most professional and widely accepted account of our mission objectives and hopefully find ways to network with those who showed interest.