Wolfington Center at Cabrini College
November 2013
Vol. No. 2, Issue No. 1 
Faith in Action

In response to the recent  typhoon in the Philippines, Cabrini Week's Spirit Rally was transformed into a rally for water, raising money for Catholic Relief Service's efforts to help with recovery efforts.

As you can see from the photo to the right, a drive for warm clothing, coats, and blankets resulted in more than 65 bags to help support the local homeless community.  

Upcoming Events
Dec 3: Christmas Tree Lighting, 5 p.m., Holy Spirit Library

Feb 18: Founder's Day

Mar 13: Ivy Young Willis Award, presented to Sister Simone Campbell

April 22: Ecological Spirituality, Daylesford Abbey, John F. Burke, Ph.D., details forthcoming 
Quick Links
Recent Reflections
Rediscovering the Richness of Catholic Social Thought.  Michael O'Loughlin, from Busted Halo.

Catholic Relief Services, a Cabrini College partner, continues to do an incredible job serving the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.  Please consider supporting their efforts.

The new head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reaffirmed the call to serve the "voiceless and vulnerable."

Please note these postings are meant to be informative; they are not meant to reflect the values of Cabrini College or the Wolfington Center.

News from the Executive Director
Since the last edition of this newsletter, there have been some key transitions at the Wolfington Center.  Over the summer, Stephen Eberle, former Coordinator of Community Partnerships, left the Center for a new opportunity with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps in Baltimore.  In addition, Mary Shrader, the Wolfington Center administrative assistant, moved to the Facilities Office of Cabrini College.  I thank them both for the significant contributions they made to the coordination of the Center's activities.


Subsequently, two new staff members have have brought a new level of excitement and energy to the Center's activities. 

  • Mr. Thomas (Tom) Southard started as the Administrator of Community Partnerships.  Tom comes to Cabrini from a legal practice focusing on nonprofit clients, especially on tax issues.  He has an extensive background with nonprofit organizations and foundations in Maryland and Delaware.  In addition, he has served as the managing editor of the Journal of Catholic Social Thought at Villanova University.  
  • Ann Marie Barr joined us as the part-time administrative assistant for the Center.  Ann Marie comes to Cabrini from extensive work with Catholic Social Services in Chester County, PA.  


November is a time both of thanksgiving for the gifts we have received and remembrance of those who have gone before us.  May we in our respective social justice engagements integrate these two dimensions.  As we give thanks for blessings bestowed, may we also remember those who lives are not so fortunate.  And especially in the case of those whose misfortune are linked to political, social, and economic injustice, may we redouble our efforts to change our opportunity structures to enable those on the margin to contribute their gifts to the advancement of the common good.


John Francis Burke

Executive Director, The Wolfington Center

Founder's Day 2014 - "Crossing Borders in a Transitional World: Justice and Migration"

The Founder's Day lecture on February 18, 2014 will be given by Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, CSB; Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico.  His address, "Crossing Borders in a Transitional World: Justice and Migration,"  will focus on how Catholic Social Teaching, both from Papal encyclicals as well as Mexican and U.S. pastoral letters, calls us to transform the political and economic practices both north and south of the U.S.-Mexico border so as to: 1) put into place just immigration policies in the United States (the right to migrate) and 2) to transform social and economic opportunities in Mexico and Central America so as to diminish dramatically the prevailing poverty (the right not to migrate). 


Bishop Ramirez, a native of Bay City, Texas, throughout his ministry has been committed to putting Catholic social teaching into action. He has served on the following committees for the U.S Catholic Conference of Bishops: The Church in Latin America, The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and The Committee on Liturgy.  In addition he has served his country in the following roles: Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Member, New Mexico Advisory Committee to the U.S Commission on Civil Rights; and 3) Member, U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad.  


Given his lifelong engagement of social justice issues from la frontera [the United States-Mexico border region] and all the attention the immigration debate has engendered both in Washington, D.C., his address could not be more apropos. For more information, please contact Ann Marie Barr, Administrative Assistant, Wolfington Center, at ab3466@cabrini.edu or 610-902-8431.

"Seeking Unity-In-Diversity" Lecture Series

The theme of this year's Spring Lecture Series is "Seeking Unity-In-Diversity: A Faith-Based Engagement of Building Bridges Not Walls Between Cultural Communities." The series will be on Tuesday nights at 7:15pm from March 11- April 15. Speakers will include Prof. Catherine Wilson, professor of public administration at Villanova University and Prof. Craig Atwood, Charles D. Couch Associate Professor of Moravian Theology and Ministry and Director of the Center for Moravian Studies at Moravian Theological Seminary.   Wilson is the author of The Politics of Latino Faith: Religion, Identity, and Urban Community.  Atwood is the author of Community of the Cross: Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem (Penn State Univ. Press, 2004).


Given the ongoing discussions regarding immigration reform and the growing diversity of the United States, these spring presentations will be very timely.  For more information, please contact Ann Marie Barr, Administrative Assistant, Wolfington Center, at ab3466@cabrini.edu or 610-902-8431.

Cabrini Day Reflection: Interfaith Cooperation, An Abiding Principle of Catholic Social Teaching

Interfaith cooperation for the common good is a long-abiding principle in the Catholic intellectual tradition and a central tenet of Catholic Social Teaching. As such, it is at the heart of the mission and identity of Cabrini College as a Catholic institution that welcomes learners of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds.


Today, on Cabrini Day, the College commemorates in a special way the legacy of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, as it is lived-out in the College's commitment to mission. Through the prism of Catholic identity, which is the foundation of the College's commitment to interfaith cooperation for the common good, the College dedicates itself to academic excellence, leadership development, and the advancement of social justice.


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Cabrini's Wolfington Center fosters community-based learning through Catholic social teaching and St. Frances Xavier Cabrini's accent on "the education of the heart."