Justice and Peace Webinars

Justice and Peace Webinar Series
Catholic Teaching in the Spirit of Augustine

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How to Preach, in the Spirit of St. Augustine, on Topics of Justice and Peace in a Divided World.

Presented by Rev. Richard Fragomeni, Professor of Liturgy and Preaching at Catholic Theological Union on November 17, 2021. 

Rev. Richard Fragomeni is also a priest of the Diocese of Albany, New York and has taught many of our Friars at the Union.

His current work is in the field of word and sacrament: the intersection of symbolic activity and language as it creates insights into the Christian proclamation of grace. Central to his work is a fascination with the power of liturgy and preaching in the transformation of the human heart.

A Discussion on the U.S. Bishops Pastoral on Racism, ‘Open Wide Our Hearts’

Presented by Augustinian Friars in Dialogue on May 19, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. 

The 4th presentation in our 2021 series will be a conversation led by the Augustinian Friars on the USCCB letter: Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism.

Solidarity and Prison Ministry

Presented by Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis, Director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education and Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Villanova University on April 21, 2021 at 7:30 P.M.   

Villanova University’s Director of the Center for Justice and Peace, Dr. Getek Soltis, has years of experience and knowledge in prison ministry. In this session, she will discuss the tenet of Catholic Social Teaching, Solidarity, and how it applies to the issue of mass incarceration.

Dignity of the Human Person and Immigration

Presented by Lacie Ann Michaelson, MA on March 24, 2021 at 7:30 P.M.

The Four Pillars of Catholic Social Teaching from an Augustinian Perspective

Presented by Dr. Joseph Kelley, Merrimack College on February 24th, 2021 at 7:30 P.M.


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2020 Webinar Series

An interactive community building webinar series where we collaborate together on important social issues.


Part 1: An Overview of “Augustine on Catholic Social Teaching.”

Presenter: Fr. Kevin DePrinzio, O.S.A.,Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Villanova University.

Part 2: A reflection on “Augustine on Catholic Social Teaching as Applied to Restorative Justice with an emphasis on Prison Ministry.”

Presenters: Br. Jeremy Hiers, O.S.A. and Fr. Paul Morrissey, O.S.A., Founder of Adeodatus Ministry

Part 3: A Reflection on “Augustine on Catholic Social Teaching as Applied to the challenge of Immigration.”

Presenters: Fr. Arthur Purcaro, O.S.A. and Michele R. Pistone, Professor of Law at Villanova University


Part 4: A Presentation on “Augustine on Catholic Social Teaching as Applied to Racism/Black Lives Matter.”

Presenters: Teresa Nance, PhD, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Villanova University and Kevin DePrinzio, O.S.A., Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Villanova University.

Part 4 Suggested Pre-session Articles and Video Links


Justice and Peace Ministry

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The Legacy of

St. Augustine in the Catholic Church

Augustine was a thoughtful, empathetic, and loving servant of God. He valued community, welcomed others, and treated them the way they deserved to be treated. Augustine also laid the foundation for the Order of St. Augustine. The Order continues to explore ways to care for those in great need both in our Province work throughout Massachusetts, New Jersey, and surrounding states and in our greater missions throughout the world.

We invite you to continue to learn about St. Augustine, his life, and his teachings.

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