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

In November, nine students attended the SOA Watch Vigil at Fort Benning, GA.  Over four days, they discussed human rights, federal and international policies, and how they could get involved.


An account of their trip can be found in Cabrini College's student newspaper, The Loquitur.  

Support Our Work This Christmas Season

Each  year, the Wolfington Center works with students, faculty, and staff in their continuing quest to reflect upon Catholic Social Teaching and then put it into action in a dynamic, animated fashion.  Through our Community Workers program, we pay dozens of Cabrini students to work in nonprofits across the Delaware Valley.  We connect hundreds of students with volunteer service opportunities.  And through it all, we imbue the work of Cabrini with our Catholic Social Teaching mission.


We hope you'll consider making a gift to the Wolfington Center of Cabrini College, to support our work in the coming year.


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Upcoming Events
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
Cabrini College: Service Learning and the Wolfington Center
Justice Matters: Cabrini College Core Curriculum
A student worker from Cabrini was featured in a Times Herald article on SAT prep.
Recent Reflections

Minimum Wage and Catholic Social Teaching, National Catholic Reporter.

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

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

Reflection from the Executive Director

The Advent/Christmas season is one that anticipates new beginnings, especially the birth of Jesus Christ: "For unto us a child is born" (Isaiah 9:6). Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, especially exudes an attitude of joy and hope in its articulation of a missionary Catholicism.  The document covers a wide range of topics that defy comment in this limited space.  But in particular, Francis emphasizes that the God of love cares for and seeks to transform the political, social, and economic structural injustices that marginalize the poor in our society.  He calls upon political leaders to enact policies not determined by market or welfare mentalities, but by a common good informed by the transcendent:  "Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good...Why not turn to God and ask him to inspire their plans?  I am firmly convinced that openness to the transcendent can bring about a new political and economic mindset which would break down the wall of separation between the economy and the common good of society"(#205).


In many respects, the late Nelson Mandela, whose moral conduct, both in his many years as a political prisoner and his later leadership of South Africa, represented the deep political vision Francis articulates.  Beyond just having the capacity to forgive his jailors, Mandela understood as president of South Africa that the country could only move forward by adapting a new mindset of integral relationships between blacks and whites.  In particular, he lived the African concept of ubuntu that one's personhood emerges through interaction with others.  He sought to realize a set of relationships in which every person could realize their potential through being able to make their full contribution to the surrounding community.  In these days when the days are darkest, both Francis and Mandela inspire us to engage with hope and confidence the task of breaking down the walls that divide us so as to cultivate persistently human relationships reflective of the peaceable "kin-dom" of God.


John Francis Burke

Executive Director, The Wolfington Center

"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."  Given the ongoing discussions regarding immigration reform and the growing diversity of the United States, these spring presentations will be very timely.  


Details on the series can be found on the Lecture Series site -->

Cabrini College Granted Fair Trade Status

Cabrini College is one of only 17 colleges and universities nationwide to be recognized as a Fair Trade College, as determined by Fair Trade Colleges and Universities in partnership with Fair Trade USA. Cabrini earned its status in November 2013.


Fair trade is a global trade model that advocates for the purchase and sale of goods that were produced in an ethical, fair, and just manner.


Read on -->

Called to Care for the Poor: Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation and the Christian Vocation

This week's post on Themes from Catholic Social Teaching is authored by Tom Southard, Administrator of Community Partnerships in The Wolfington Center at Cabrini College. He will be a regular contributor to this weekly conversation on Catholic Social Teaching. 


In the first week of Advent, we see the world start to turn to thoughts of Christmas.  Peace on Earth, goodwill to men.  Students at colleges across the country counted their blessings last week at Thanksgiving, and are now considering how to run food drives and clothing collections to help the poor.  Catholics around the world lift up the poor and vulnerable in their thoughts, prayers, and actions.  This year, however, Pope Francis I reminds us to pray for our politicians.


Continued on the Cabrini Mission Matters blog -->

Cabrini In the Community: The George Washington Carver Center

In the middle of the 20th century, there were no public pools in Norristown that allowed African-American children to swim.  After two children, excluded from public pools, drowned in a local swimming hole, the African-American community came together to build a community center with a pool.  Since 1960, the The George Washington Carver Center has served as a gathering place for the Norristown community.  


This year, Cabrini College has entered into a partnership with the Carver Center.  Over the 2013-2014 academic year, the Wolfington Center is providing students to help run programs, including basketball and educational programs for children and teens in the area.  Accounting students are helping to build a new financial system.  Faculty members are working with the strategic planning process.  The goal is to help local staff, volunteers, and community members build on their past successes while giving them expert help in some areas.


If you're interested in working with the Wolfington Center-and involving Cabrini students, faculty, and staff in your project-please contact Tom Southard, Administrator of Community Partnerships, at tom@cabrini.edu or 610-902-8122. 
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."