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Planting Seeds of Sustainability

CHICAGO, IL (April 16, 2008) –The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Peace and Justice’s fourth annual Justice Day 2008 will be held on Saturday, April 19, at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 1852 W. 22 nd Place, Chicago. The daylong event will provide participants with insights on the global impact of food purchasing habits as well as the effect U.S. government policies have on poverty levels and the environment.

Most Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, will celebrate Mass, and Sr. Mary Southard, C.S.J., a visual artist and creator of the Earth Calendar, will offer a reflection on the Eucharist. Delivering the event’s keynote address will be author and scientist Fr. Al Fritsch, S.J., pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungry Church of Ravenna, KY and founder of Appalachia—Science in the Public Interest, which seeks to make science and technology responsive to the need of low-income people in Central Appalachia.

Participants will have the option in the afternoon of attending experiential learning sessions with Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) community organizations that model sustainability. These include a visit to Woman Craft, where low-income artisans make handcrafted products from recycled paper and a toxic pollution tour of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.

Admission to Justice Day 2008 is $15, and includes lunch. For more information, contact Joyana Jacoby of the Archdiocesan Office for Peace and Justice at 312--7991 or by E-mail to (

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