The first Nuns & Nones gathering in the New York area took place on Sunday, February 10th at St. Joseph High School, Downtown Brooklyn. The CSJ Young Adult Outreach Ministry and the St. Joseph Worker Program collaborated to make what is hoped to be the first of many gatherings. Young millennials came from the NYC area and beyond to meet with sisters from various Congregations.
It took very little prompting to engage the sisters and young people in conversation as they gathering to share a meal. Those gathered then watched the film Radical Grace, which highlighted three sisters at the time of the Doctrinal Investigation and Apostolic Visitation. The young people were captivated by the work of Simone Campbell, SS, Christine Schenck, CSJ and Jean Hughes, OP that was highlighted in the film. Deep conversation followed among the sisters and young people as they each shared their desire for contemplation, community and justice.
A reporter from the Brooklyn Tablet was on hand to cover the event and her article can be found here (*Note correction sent in, Joan Gallagher, CSJ is co-director of the St. Joseph Worker Program, not co-chaplain, and the programs correct title is the St. Joseph Worker Program.)
Katie Gordon, a Nuns & Nones organizer, traveled from her studies at Harvard Divinity School to be with the group. SJWs were on hand at the event; Faith Yusko guides S. Peggy McVetty, OP in technology, Benita Amoako is all smiles with her new friend, S. Janet, OP of Hope, and Meg Hryniewicz shares a laugh with S. Jeanne Humphries, OSU.
Chelsea Matthews, from the Brooklyn Center for Sacred Activism, and Brooklyn Vetter, Associate Director of SJWP, facilitate the afternoon that began with a hearty brunch and film, Radical Grace.