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Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI, Speaks on Economic Justice & Catholic Social Teaching September 8th, 2016

On Sept. 6 Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI was one of two presenters for a webinar hosted by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM). The webinar – Toward a More Just Economic System – focused on the role of Catholic Social Teaching within the current economic system.

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) is an association of the leadership of men in religious and apostolic institutes in the United States.  Its Justice and Peace Office assists the Conference in fulfilling its mission to “provide a corporate influence in church and society,” and to “promote dialogue and collaboration with the conference of bishops and other major groups in church and society,” particularly regarding issues of social justice domestically, internationally, and within the church.

Watch a recording of the webinar here:

 

 

 

 


Watch Fr. Séamus Finn’s Presentation at Vatican-CRS Impact Investing Conference August 30th, 2016

On June 26th, Fr. Seamus Finn spoke on a panel, Investing Catholic Funds for Impact, at the Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing held in Rome. The event was co-sponsored by Catholic Relief Services and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and brought together experts and Catholic leaders from around the world to explore how the Catholic Church and other faith-based institutions can harness the power of impact capital to attain and sustain their social mission. Celebrating the Extraordinary Year of Mercy established by Pope Francis, the conference was titled Making the Year of Mercy a Year of Impact for the Poor.

 

 

 


Watch a Video of Fr. Séamus Finn Speaking on Faith-based Investing in Sustainability August 24th, 2016

Fr. Séamus Finn OMI, Chief of Faith Consistent Investment, OIP Investment Trust & Chair, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility recently spoke on Faith based Investing in Sustainability at an event hosted at the International Finance Corporation.


Fr. Seamus Finn, OMI, Speaks on Theology and Liberation at 2016 World Social Forum August 17th, 2016

The World Forum on Theology and Liberation (WFTL) was one of several parallel forums at the 2016 World Social Forum, held in Montreal, Canada from August 9-14.

Fr. Seamus Finn, OMI, participated in a panel discussion on August 12 at the OMI Lacombe sponsored workshop: “Theology and Liberation: Sharing experiences of empowering the poor in Canada and beyond the borders.” The workshop explored how the Oblates of Mary Immaculate have been involved in empowering the poor throughout the world for the past 200 years.

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Fr. Seamus Finn, OMI (far right), along with other presenters at the OMI Lacombe sponsored workshop: “Theology and Liberation: Sharing experiences of empowering the poor in Canada and beyond the borders”


Fr Seamus Finn OMI interviewed by Bloomberg TV and New York Times, Discusses Corporate Engagements September 22nd, 2015

Father-SeamusFr. Seamus Finn OMI was featured on Bloomberg TV morning show discussing socially responsible engagements with Bank of America. The live interview was aired Tuesday, September 22.

The New York Times also interviewed Fr. Seamus Finn OMI about the ongoing corporate engagements with Bank of America. At the core of the discussion is the shareholder action requesting a separate role as Chairman and C.E.O. of the company. Fr. Seamus Finn, OMI is Chief of Faith Consistent Investing – OIP Investment Trust and a Consultant to the JPIC office.

Find Bloomberg TV interview & New York Times interview here.

 

 

 


Faith-based Investors Help VOICE to Secure Needed Funding from GE April 28th, 2015

200px-General_Electric_logo.svgFaith-based and socially responsible investors enabled leaders from VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) to use their proxies to attend the GE AGM in Oklahoma City on April 22. VOICE was interested to attend the AGM to press GE to commit to $1 million in funding for the Metro IAF/VOICE Equity Restoration Fund. The faith-based activists had already secured $1 million from J.P. Morgan and $1.5 million from Bank of America.

Their effort was successful, which the faith leaders learned in an email from the company just as they were boarding their flight to Oklahoma. The grant will serve to leverage $10 million+ from religious and other social investors to help finance the rehabilitation of blighted and abandoned properties, construction of new homes, the development of affordable rental housing, and other community restoration activities in Prince William County, VA.

The Oblates, through Fr Seamus Finn, OMI have been working with VOICE for several years on this initiative designed to help those crushed by the mortgage crisis in 2007-08.

Read the letter from GE committing to this grant funding.

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