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Personal Calling and Social Conscience: A Day of Reflection with John Neafsey

“This is what Yahweh asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God. ”

- Mich 6:6-8

This day will explore the relationship between personal calling and social conscience.  Vocation is  not only about “me” and my personal fulfillment but about “us” and the common good.  

In our personal discernment, and in our efforts to help others discern the call of  the Spirit in their lives, we must seek a balance between contemplative, inward listening and socially engaged listening, between listening to our hearts and listening with our hearts for the ways that the needs and sufferings of the world are crying out for intelligent, compassionate attention from us. 

Throughout the day, there will be opportunities for both quiet personal reflection and lively group discussion.  We will pay special attention to callings to service, justice, resistance, and peacemaking in today’s world.

Saturday, November 18, 2017
The day begins at 9:30am and concludes at 3:30pm.
If you plan to attend both of John Neafsey's programs and would like to stay overnight, please contact us regarding availability.



John Neafsey is a clinical psychologist in private practice who serves on the staff of the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, a treatment program for immigrant survivors of torture in Chicago.  John is the author of threebooks, including A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscience (Orbis, 2006), Crucified People (2014), and Act Justly, Love Tenderly (2016).  John and his family are active members of St. Gertrude's parish in Chicago.


Cost of $55 includes $10 non-refundable deposit and the noon meal.  It does not include overnight accommodations on November 17.  A limited number of overnight accommodations are available; please inquire. The cost would depend on which additional meals you would like.  Friday overnight and Saturday breakfast would be $56.


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Personal Calling and Social Conscience

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