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OMI US JPIC Staff, Advisory Committee Meet in Godfrey, Illinois

November 18th, 2022

 

(L to R) Front row: Gary Huelsman (Caritas Family Solutions, Godfrey, IL), Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI, Sr. Maxine Pohlman, SSND; Back row: Fr. Daniel LeBlanc, OMI, Rowena Gono, Patti Radle (Inner City Development, San Antonio, TX)

 
From November 10 to 11 the OMI JPIC Committee had its first hybrid meeting since the Covid-19 pandemic. The in-person venue was the historic Immaculate Heart of Mary Novitiate in Godfrey, IL.
The group meets twice a year to discuss JPIC’s work and exchange ideas. Meeting discussions centered on JPIC’s socially responsible investing efforts, integrity of creation initiatives through LaVista Ecological Learning Center, the 2021-2023 Synod, and Economy of Francesco, an initiative of Pope Francis that engages young people in dialogue about “a different kind of economy that better respects humanity and nature.”
The group also paused to tour the grounds of the newly renovated novitiate, visiting the LaVista Garden and lodge, which sits on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.
The US JPIC Advisory Committee is a mix of Oblates and laypersons passionate about issues of justice, economic development and ecology. They serve as a sounding board for the office. Full list of JPIC Committee and office staff: 

  • Dr. Victor Carmona, Chair, Assistant professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Diego 
  • Ms. Patti RadleCo-Director, Inner City Development
  • Fr. Daniel LeBlanc, OMI, Associate, International JPIC Office and Oblate UN Representative 
  • Sr. Maxine Pohlman, SSND, Director, La Vista Ecological Learning Center
  • Mr. Gary HuelsmannChief Executive Officer, Caritas Family Solutions 
  • Mrs. Mary O’Herron, Former OMI JPIC Staff & Honorary Oblate of Mary Immaculate
  • Fr Emmanuel Mulenga, OMI, Pastor, St. Augustine Church
  • Fr. Séamus Finn, OMIDirector, OMI JPIC & Chief of Faith Consistent Investing – OIP Investment Trust
  • George NgolweAssociate Director, OMI JPIC
  • Rowena Gono, Communications Coordinator, OMI JPIC
 
 

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