Fully Welcoming… Fully Catholic Series
All Events of the Fully Welcoming… Fully Catholic Series were already held during 2017-2018.
Please check this page in the future for events during next season 2018-2019.
A FOUR-PART SERIES 2017-2018 AT SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY ON BEING THE CHURCH IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Pope Francis has famously said, “This is the mission of the Church: to heal the wounds of the heart, to open doors, to free people, to say that God is good, God forgives all, God is the Father, God is affectionate, God always waits for us.”
If we as Catholics are to invite first, and accompany second, how do we begin a conversation on a more “radical” way of being welcoming? If all our neighbors, the whole of our larger community is now our mission territory, how do we begin to listen to people’s real lives and struggles, with both authenticity and Christ-like compassion? How might we invite others to a deeper relationship with Christ, while remaining true to our faith Tradition?
This four-part series 2017-2018 seeks to identify those who might not feel fully welcome in the Catholic Church today: the immigrant/migrant population, ‘modern’ families, women, and the LGBTQ community. We gather, not to solve any problems, but as people of faith – to listen, to bear witness to Christ, and to perhaps walk away with a deeper understanding of our neighbors.
- Learning about our Immigrants and Migrant Neighbors – September 17, 2017
- Learning about our Divorced, Unmarried, and Blended Family Neighbors – October 22, 2017
- The Evolution of Women’s Roles in the Church – February 18, 2018
- Learning About Our LGBTQ Neighbors – April 15, 2018
“Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.”
— Pope Francis