The Future of Work

John Boudreau & Marc Bain

John Boudreau & Marc Bain

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Sullivan focuses on ” The Future of Work” with Dr. John Bourdreau, Professor of of Management and Organization at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and  USC’s Center for Effective Organization; and Marc Bain  fashion industry journalist for Quartz,  the digitally native news outlet owned by Atlantic Media Company

Msgr. Sullivan and Dr. Boudreau  will be talking about changes that have taken place in the workplace over recent years, and particularly the increase in the number of people employed in the “Gig” economy like Uber. They examine whether such employment opportunities are essentially exploitative or empowering for workers.

Marc and  Msgr. Sullivan will be speaking about how working conditions in the developing world are monitored, and whether there is too much emphasis on corporate transparency and not enough emphasis on outcomes like worker’s rights, work conditions and wages. Marc has done considerable reporting on the garment industry’s supply chain and labor issues in both Bangladesh and China

 

Conversation Starters For a President Abroad

President Trump’s first foreign trip at the end of May was announced just after he signed the Religious freedom executive order. Ironically, three places he will visit – Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome – are major hubs for the three great religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

Saudi Arabia, according to official statistics, is close to 100% Muslim, predominantly Sunni.  Israel was established as a Jewish state this week in 1948. 

Rome has been a center of Christianity since Peter and Paul journeyed there in the first century and, subsequently, the Bishop of Rome was designated the Pope. 

As Citizen Sullivan, I suggest one topic for President Trump to raise in his conversation with each foreign leader.  Keeping with his preferred modality of policy communication, the President should update us by tweeting out the leaders’ responses.  

In Saudi Arabia, he should ask about religious freedom for non-Muslims. Maybe a simple question could be: Where can I go for Sunday Christian services?

In Israel, he should ask about refugees in the Palestinian camps. He might ask to visit one.

At the Vatican, he might want to, face to face, tell the Pope how great it will be when the new Mexican-paid-for-wall is built and how the Pope is wrong on immigration and refugee matters.  

I await the tweets.

JustLove’s Mother’s Day Show

Harry Connick & Jeanne Pritzker

This week’s episode of JustLove will focus on Mother’s Day 2017. On the show Monsignor will be speaking with two guests focused on celebrating Mother’s Day and family. 

On the show Jeanne Pritzker Founder and Chair of Foster Care Counts, a California based non-profit organization founded in 2012 to raise awareness of the needs of foster youth. Msgr. Sullivan and Jeanne  will be talking about the work of her organization and particularly its 9th annual “Foster Mother’s Day” celebration taking place this coming Sunday – May 14th. in Los Angeles. Over 2,500 foster youth and their families will be hosted by “Foster Care Counts” at a celebration designed to give back to foster parents who have dedicated their lives to helping children in need.  

Also on the show is talk show host, actor, singer, and songwriter, Harry Connick Jr. Msgr. Sullivan and Harry will be speaking about Harry’s new daytime variety program – called “Harry”  and what messages he hopes to convey to his daily audience. He will also talk about how he balances the values of faith, family and community in his personal and professional life 

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Diversity Reigns

Catholic Charities is a the center of building a more just and compassionate society. We engage in a wide range of activities and interact with many different people.

Here’s a collage for this week –

  1. Twelve consul generals from Latin American countries meet at the Catholic Charities Community Services Immigration and Refugee Resettlement offices. (Top Left)

  2.  Evi Siskos from Telemundo was the MC for Astors Services Junior Gala at the Supreme Courthouse in lower Manhattan. (Top Right)

  3.  Zoe Saldana was taping her guest satellite radio appearance in the same Sirius studios that JustLove was taping.  Here’s a picture of her as she was leaving. (Bottom Left)

  4. Two talented Catholic Charities immigration attorneys from our expert legal team. (Bottom Middle)

  5.  On the same day as Pres. Trump’s Executive Order on religious liberty, the Becket Fund held its annual dinner.  This photo demonstrates the breathe of religious freedom issues in the United States. (Bottom Right)

Religious Identity and Religious Persecution

Thomas Wigant & Samuel Tadros

On this week’s episode of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan focuses on “Religious Identity and Religious Persecution” with two guests calling in to provide their perspectives on the matter.

On the show, Thomas Wigant Chief Operating Officer and Director of Ethics and Spiritual Care at Healthcare-Holding Tauberfranken will be calling in from Germany. Msgr. Sullivan and Thomas – who both  attended a Caritas Internationalis Conference last week in Germany where Msgr. Sullivan delivered an address on the “Catholic Identity” of Catholic Charities,  will further discuss how Catholic Identity in the provision of human services is understood on both sides of the Atlantic.

Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom will be discussing Pope Francis’s trip to Egypt last weekend. Msgr. Sullivan and Samuel will also focus on the plight of Christians in today’s Egypt, and particularly the pervasive discrimination that they face – in both law and society – because of their religious faith

A Small Detour During My Trip in Germany

 

I am currently in Germany.  Why?  I am here to give a talk for a conference on the Catholic identity of Catholic Charities in Berlin.

But there’s more.  This year is also the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation being marked in Wittenberg, a small town about an hour south of Berlin. This still medieval-like town, now called Lutherstadt Wittenberg is where Martin Luther posted his famous 95 theses on the door of Castle Church n 1517 that started the movement.

So I decided to “eavesdrop” on the pilgrimages being made to Wittenberg for an overnight a couple of days prior to the Conference.  I love when a “non-plan” comes together.  This and other postings are not “theological treatises” of ecumenical dialogue. These are a few thoughts of one sojourner to a conference on Catholic identity distracted for a day or two meandering to the founding city of Protestantism.

Last evening as I entered the town, I saw a notice for an organ recital in an hour in the City Church of St. Mary’s where Luther did much of his preaching.  I quickly dropped off my bag in the hotel and walked over.  It was a great way to begin my dropping in on the 500th anniversary.

So here I stand, how could I do other?  Yes, the allusion is intentional.   What is coincidence, but the grace of God.  He’s a much better planner than I am. Thank God – pun intended.  I am off to walk this still medieval-feeling town today.   

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JustLove’s Earth Day Show

David R. Shuffler, Jr. & Richard Fuller

This week’s JustLove broadcast is focused on Earth Day 2017. Joining the show to talk about this annual event are two guests: Richard Fuller, President and CEO of Pure Earth, an international non-profit based in New York dedicated to solving pollution problems in low and middle income countries; and David R. Shuffler, Jr, Executive Director of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, a Catholic Charities Affiliate.

 Msgr. Sullivan and Richard will be speaking about the work of Pure Earth, and how the cleanup of environmental pollution is one global problem that has very achievable solutions. 

David R. Shuffler, Jr. will be covering his the South Bronx based youth organization, which is dedicated to rebuilding the neighborhoods which it serves by preparing young people to become prophetic voices for peace and justice. Msgr. Sullivan and David will be discussing the Infrastructure Transformation work of Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, and how the group has been instrumental in efforts to revitalize the Bronx River Waterfront and Sheridan Expressway Corridor.

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JustLove’s Easter Show

On this week’s broadcast of JustLove, Monsignor Kevin speaks with two guests about Holy Week and Catholic Social Teachings.

 Andrew King-Dabs  a British television producer and director, and the creator and scriptwriter for “Manchester Passion”- a modern take the Passion of Jesus Christ set to pop music. Andrew’s piece originally broadcast on the BBC back on Good Friday in 2006. Msgr. Sullivan and Andy will be discussing his original vision for “Manchester Passion” as well as its continued resonance as it is restaged in various countries and venues; The Passion” has since been restaged 6 times in the Netherlands, as well as a major production held last year in New Orleans on Palm Sunday starring Tyler Perry and Seal

On the phone Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS , Executive Director  of  NETWORK  – the lobby for Catholic social justice inspired by Catholic religious sisters will be joining us. Msgr. Sullivan and Sr. Simone will be discussing the Catholic social justice principles that animate NETWORK’s advocacy as outlined in “NETWORK’S Lenten Social Justice Resources” 

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Holy Thursday: What It Means Today

Lent is over and now we begin to celebrate these three most sacred days that commemorate the center of our Christian faith. Paying homage to our Jewish roots, we begin after sunset “on the night before he died,” and keep a modified vigil. Tomorrow, we will lift high the cross. On Saturday & Sunday, we will light the Easter flame, discover anew the empty tomb, and proclaim for ourselves and for the world that he is not among the dead, but here, with the living.

For this reason, it is important that we not get distracted today by some of Holy Thursday’s evocative traditions. Some still dwell on the ordained priesthood. Others focus on the solemn procession and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Still others spotlight the moving ritual of the washing of the feet.

However, as inspiring as these may be, none are the heart of the first of the Sacred Triduum celebrations during the three days that lead up to Easter. For this, we turn to today’s appointed scripture readings that, each in its own way, draws us to the irremovable, yet not gentle, core of these days:

The first reading from Exodus confronts us with the “blood of the lambs and the guts of the Egyptians” as the price for the Jews’ Passover liberation from slavery in Egypt.

Paul’s letter taught the Corinthian Christians and reminds us: “that when we share this meal, we proclaim his death.”

And in a more euphemistic and elegant way the evangelist John informs us of Good Friday’s agonizing crucifixion by announcing “this is the hour for Jesus to pass to the Father.

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Last Day of Lent

Tip of the Day:

           

Use your tongue today to speak a gentle, not condemnatory, words of encouragement to someone who seems down or depressed.

 

 Verse of the Day:

Bible Readings for Wednesday of Holy Week

  

Reflection of the Day:

It is profoundly tragic that the last day of Lent is referred to as Spy Wednesday after Judas, the traitor who takes his own life in remorse.  This makes the celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus even more compelling. Out of the depths I cried….  And the Lord heard my cry…