On August 12, as part of professional learning for MCA faculty members, a panel of four Carmelite Sisters and the COO of Catholic Charities discussed problems that face our world on both the global and local levels and what is being done – or not done – to address these issues. At the root of it, the panel all agreed, is the life and dignity of the human person. This overarching theme covered the topics addressed: poverty, education, climate change, sustainable development, immigration, mental health, and necessary role of love and compassion.
Faculty members broke into small groups to discuss ways their classes can take interest and action on the problems facing the people of New Orleans. A question and answer session brought additional insight, with the understanding that on the individual level we cannot do everything, but we can do something. Throughout the school year, small-group, class, and whole-school projects will do just that as students consider different approaches to impact the lives of those in need – those familiar to our community and those that are not.
Special thank you to our panel:
Sister Beth Fitzpatrick, O. Carm.
Sister Paula Marie Derise, O. Carm.
Deacon Martin Gutierrez
Sister Mary Ellen Wheelan, O. Carm.
Sister Jane Remson, O. Carm.