Sr. Jean Mariani, OSF
Director of Human Concerns
As the Director of the Human Concerns Ministry, I could think of no better way to explain our efforts than to quote directly from POPE FRANCIS’ Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium):
“The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasure, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which as its source in the heart of the risen Christ.”
If this stirs your heart into taking action, I invite you to join the efforts of one (or two) of the following Human Concerns Ministries!
For more information about any of these ministries, please contact Sr. Jean Mariani, OSF by email or telephone. Brochures for these ministries can be found in the Church Narthex.