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National Tour of Catholic Universities Highlights Role of Young Faithful Activists in 2020


February 11, 2020


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123

Mackenzie Harris, mharris@faithinpubliclife.org, (610) 283-8879

National Tour of Catholic Universities Highlights Role of Young Faithful Activists in 2020  

Washington, D.C. – Faith in Public Life Catholic program director and author John Gehring will travel to Catholic universities across the country as a national tour to engage diverse students and community members of faith in relevant conversations about justice for immigrants, racial equity and urgent threats posed by white nationalist policies. In Virgina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the tour will amplify the powerful stories of young people of faith, and help empower a new generation of religious activists bringing their faith to public life. 

Faithful Activism 2020: Catholic Millennials & Justice Tour

Students Speak Out: Justice for Immigrants in An Era of Deportation

Marymount University, Reinsch Library Auditorium

February 12 at 11 a.m. 

Arlington, VA

Marymount University students speak about what it’s like to be an immigrant today. John Gehring, Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life, moderates discussion with Q & A following the panel.


Racial Justice & Faith 

Xavier University 

Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. 

Cincinnati, Ohio

This event features student activists and community leaders in discussion about how people of faith can effectively respond to white nationalist politics that threaten communities of color. Xavier University President Rev. Michael Graham, SJ will deliver opening remarks. 


The Future of Faithful Activism

Cabrini University 

March 30 at 6 p.m.

Randor, Pennsylvania 

This event will feature a panel discussion, led by Faith in Public Life Program Director John Gehring, focused on social justice advocacy and the role of faith and values in the 2020 election and beyond.


“Pope Francis reminds us that the future is shaped not only by politicians and the powerful, but people coming together to build movements for justice at the grassroots,” said Gehring, author of The Francis Effect and Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life. “Young faithful activists on campus and in their communities not only inspire us during this dark political moment, but challenge us to create a more inclusive society that defends the dignity of immigrants, dismantles institutional racism and builds a democracy that serves all people.”


Faith in Public Life is a national movement of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice, equality and the common good. Together, with a network of over 50,000 leaders, they are leading the fight to advance just policies at the state and federal level that affirms our values and the human dignity of all.

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