Saint Clare Center Events

Programs hosted at Cardinal Stritch University

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Two inspiring and practical events for:

  • Human Concerns or Social Justice volunteers
  • Campus Ministers and Teachers
  • Youth Ministers and DREs
  • Pastoral Associates
  • Anyone looking for ways to serve more!

Morning Event ● 8:00 am – 12:00 pm ●$20 per person

Anyone is welcome! The morning is especially for Catholic parish and school staff involved in organizing service activities for groups.

The morning includes:

  • Keynote address by Kerry Weber
  • Networking time with representatives of eighteen social service agencies to gather information and discuss service opportunities
  • Two rounds of breakout sessions to learn how to better engage parishioners and students in a life of service and mercy
  • Continental breakfast

Registration is required for the morning session. RSVP online or call 414-410-4405.

Evening Event ● 6:30 – 8:30 pm ● No cost

Anyone is welcome!

The evening includes:                                              

  • Keynote address by Kerry Weber
  • Networking time with representatives of eighteen social service agencies to gather information and discuss service opportunities

No registration is required for the evening session. Just come!

Q: Where will this be held?

A: At Cardinal Stritch University, in the Kliebhan Conference Center in Bonaventure Hall. A campus map is available here.

Q: Who is the keynote speaker?

A: Kerry Weber is the managing editor of America magazine, and the author of the book Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job. She will be talking about her own story of living out mercy – in particular, when she spent one Lent trying to participate in all the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Kerry Weber Mercy in the City

Q: What social service agencies will be there?

A: We have 18 social service agencies participating. Representatives of those agencies will be available to talk with you about specific service opportunities for yourself, your parishioners, or your students. They are eager to give you a chance to live out the corporal works of mercy!

  • Alexian Village
  • All Saints Meal Program and Food Pantry
  • Bienaventurados Ministry
  • Cathedral Center
  • Catholic Charities
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Columbia St. Mary’s
  • Dismas Ministries
  • The Gathering
  • Habitat for Humanity Milwaukee
  • Hebron House
  • Hunger Task Force
  • Open Door Café
  • Project Return
  • Repairers of the Breach
  • Riverwest Food Pantry
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Q: What are the topics of the morning breakout sessions?

A: The breakout sessions are offered in two different time slots. People registering for the morning event will select one session for each time slot.  (There is also the option of choosing to spend additional time networking with the social service agencies instead.)

10:30 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

1. Walking in the Footsteps of Pope Francis: Mercy as the Message and Method of Evangelization

Rich Harter, Director, St. John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization

Like Jesus, Pope Francis is awakening the world to the mercy of God through priority and gesture. This session will explore how Jesus and Francis inspire us to use mercy as message and method for living and sharing God’s Good News in our everyday lives.

2. Going Upstream: Engaging in Justice

Andrew Musgrave, Director of Social Justice Ministries, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish

Our schools and parishes are often very involved in charitable works, and that's a wonderful thing! But Catholic Social Teaching tells us that charity is only one half of the equation; we must engage in the work of justice and advocacy too. This session will explore the theology behind this idea, practical ways of presenting it to students and parishioners, and a few examples of how we can live this out.

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

3. Encounter Jesus through Transformative Experiences

Pam Lownik, Social Concerns Coordinator, St. Mary Parish (Hales Corners)

Pastor James West, Executive Director, Repairers of the Breach

Transformation often comes through face to face encounters with the people we serve.  Learn how to create 'encounters' for your youth and adults through ministry partner relationships.

4. From Food Pantry to Community Food Center

Vincent Noth, Executive Director, Riverwest Food Pantry

Food has the power to change our lives and our communities – even for those most marginalized in our food system. Come hear how the mission of pantries and meals sites can be an entry point to a healthier, happier productive life.

5. The Tablesetters: Helping to Form Builders of the Kingdom

Anne Haines, Director of Faith Formation, Pius XI Catholic High School

Encouraging our students to participate in service for the right reason is always a challenge.  The Tablesetters Catholic Social Teaching program provides a simple and fun format to grow your service outreach initiatives while framing them within the Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Q: What is the schedule for the morning?


8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Registration, breakfast, networking time
8:30 - 8:45
Welcome and opening prayer
8:45 - 10:00
Keynote presentation by Kerry Weber
10:00 - 12:00
Networking time with social service agencies
10:30 - 11:10
First breakout session
11:20 - 12:00
Second breakout session

Q: What is the schedule for the evening?


6:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Welcome and opening prayer
6:45 - 7:45
Keynote presentation by Kerry Weber
7:45 - 8:30
Networking time with social service agencies

Q: The morning and the evening sound similar. Why should I spend $20 and come in the morning?

A: The breakout sessions are only available in the morning. Also, the crowd will be bigger in the evening, which means those attending in the morning will have more time and less competition in talking with the people from the social service agencies.  (And you get a continental breakfast…)

Registration is required for the morning session. Click here or call 414-410-4405.