Roppolo workshop to focus on faith in action

Jack Jezreel, the founder of JustFaith Ministries (JFM) that seeks to explore the link between faith in God and care of neighbor, will present the 2018 Roppolo Memorial Endowment Workshop Oct. 19-20 at Schulte Auditorium of Notre Dame Seminary, 2901 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans.

Jezreel will discuss “Discipleship and Public Life: Realizing Pope Francis’ Vision.” He will deliver a keynote address Oct. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and then lead a workshop on his theme Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

The workshop is in keeping with one of the five archdiocesan synod priorities, which urges Catholics to be “a voice and witness for Catholic social teaching.”

Jezreel is a nationally recognized speaker on Catholic social teaching, discipleship and public life. While a member of a Catholic parish in Louisville, Kentucky, he launched a conversion-based, justice formation program called JustFaith, which has spread throughout the country as a way to empower social ministry. More than 25,000 people in 1,000 churches have used the JFM programs.

Jezreel said the programs are designed to help people wrestle with Jesus’ message in Matthew 25: “Whatever you do to the least, you do to me.”

JFM involves a community of committed believers who pray and study together and form relationships “with sisters and brothers whose lives have known struggle and suffering.”

“The work of compassion changes the world,” Jezreel said. “Those who need food are fed. Those who need community find friends. Those who need homes are housed. Those who need inspiration are renewed. Those who have been self-preoccupied are freed. Those who have walked in darkness find light.”

The workshop is sponsored by the Ignatius Roppolo Memorial Endowment Committee, which was established to honor Msgr. Ignatius Roppolo, who served the sick and the poor and exercised collaborative leadership. To preregister go to http://gps.loyno.edu/lim/roppolo. For more information, call 861-6281.

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