June Report from Kate Barrett, Director of the Myser Initiative in Catholic Identity

Breaking the Impasse

The eighth annual Breaking the Impasse was held in the Rauenhorst Ballroom on Febuary 22nd and was co-sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cardondelet Justice Commission and the Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity.  The theme of the event this year was "Moving Forward Together;” a discussion of ways we can strengthen our communities to move beyond a politics of divisiveness, with Sr. Simone Campbell, of NETWORK and guest, Courtney Martin, journalist for social change. (click here for more event information)

National Catholic Sister's Week

In other news, the Myser Initiative partnered with Campus Ministry and the Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS) to celebrate National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) March 8-14 on campus.  NCSW is a week each year to highlight Catholic sisters and raise awareness of their profound influence throughout the world. We are fortunate to have the NCSW program and staff headquartered right here on our campus.  Together, we all worked to offer programming throughout the week.  

  • NCSW showed (un)veiled - the making of an exhibit, a documentary film chronicling the creation of a multi-dimensional exhibit held at St. Catherine's in 2016 that examined the evolution and historical significance of the religious habit. 

  • Myser sponsored a panel discussion with CSJs “Sisters, Students, and Sustainability”.  The panel was very inspiring and as a result, the Biology club applied for a small grant through the Myser Initiative to support a project to help us become a more “Bee Friendly” Campus.  Be on the look-out for signs of this around campus in the fall. (click here for audio from the event)

  • Campus Ministry facilitated an opportunity for students to meet sisters and talk with them on Founder’s Day.

  • MIPS and the Myser Initiative sponsored a repeat of Habits and Hijabs, bringing sisters and Muslim students together to discuss similarities and differences on head coverings.    

The Myser Initiative also partnered with the Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph’s, a group of nine schools throughout the US.  We made pins and stickers (see picture) and all wore them throughout the week on our various campuses. Check out the following hashtag for more information on NCSW: #ncsw2017 and for information specific to the Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph: #dearneighbor.