Jim Keady, theologian, activist, educator, and elected official, is the founding director of Educating for Justice, Inc. Jim has spoken across the United States and at international venues to thousands of interested audience members. He has been sought out by members of the U.S. Congress, as well various university administrators, religious and union leaders and student groups to offer his personal and professional experience and critiques on the issues of sweatshops, globalization and social justice.
The 2016 Oscar Romero Solidarity lecture, "Remembering Oscar Romero - A Muslim Perspective", was given by Hisham Moharram, Ph.D., founder of Good Tree Farm. His Muslim faith inspired the farm in New Egypt, NJ. It demonstrates how farming can be a catalyst of change for the common good. The event is sponsored by the Office of Mission & Ministry.
Fr. Michael Doyle is priest, poet, and prophet. He has been ministering for over forty years in Camden, NJ, one of the poorest and most violent cities in the nation. As pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, he founded a free medical clinic, established a program to renovate abandoned houses and assist low-income families, and helped to start a church-based community organizing effort. Fr. Doyle is also known for being part of the "Camden 28" peace action against the Vietnam War. He has been featured in many national and local news outlets including 60 Minutes and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In January 2014, another impressive piece about Fr. Doyle appeared on PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.
Mary Beth Appel, CFNP and Villanova alumna, is a Catholic Worker and co-founder of a Catholic Worker Free Health Clinic in Philadelphia. She will discuss solidarity and how it animates her social justice commitment to marginalized populations of our city. Two student leaders from our student groups will also discuss their work and the concept of solidarity.