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Comboni Events Calendar
The following listings are provided by the North American Province of the Comboni Missionaries.
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FEBRUARY 2018

NATIONAL

February is African American History Month.
Four suggested ways to celebrate include: (1) Read a book relating to African-American culture; (2) Explore online resources with insights on African-American history; (3) Watch a movie about little-known African-American heroes; (4) Visit a museum or historical site devoted to the African-American experience.

  • February 3-8, 2018: 2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering: Building Community: A Call to the Common Good gathers about 500 participants each year representing social ministry leaders in local dioceses, religious congregations, Catholic educational institutions, and other national Catholic organizations. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will accompany the group to Capitol Hill. The event will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. and offers informative plenary presentations, policy briefings, networking and professional development opportunities, workshops and the visit to Congress. The Gathering is organized by the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with four other USCCB departments and 16 national Catholic organizations. Register Now!
  • February 10-12, 2018: The Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities, sponsored by the Enough Project and Jewish World Watch, is a three-day conference at the American University in Washington, D.C., bringing together students and community leaders at the forefront of the anti-atrocity movement. There will be expert panels and guest speakers on topics including: (1) U.S. government tools for preventing and responding to genocide and mass atrocities; (2) Financial tools to counter the nexus of conflict and corruption; (3) The current dynamics in various conflicts areas; and (4) Strategies for making a difference when you return home. Read more, here.
  • February 28, 2018: John Dear Book Tour (Santa Fe) is part of the national tour to launch his new title, They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change, newly released. The event will be at the Upaya Zen Center, 1404 Cerro Gordo Road in Santa Fee, from 5:30-7:30 pm. Dear shares his own personal journey from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to the high desert of New Mexico where he now lives off the grid on a remote mesa. He shares his experience serving as a pastor in the mission church at Yosemite; encounters with New Mexican indigenous women who live at one with the earth while resisting nuclear weapons production in Los Alamos; his experience in Standing Rock in North Dakota, resisting the pipeline; reflections on the work of environmental leader Bill McKibben and Pope Francis' monumental encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, and ends with suggested steps forward into conscious, mindful solidarity will all creatures and Mother Earth through active, steadfast nonviolence, what he calls "eschatological nonviolence," walking the earth in the footsteps of the nonviolent Jesus into the Kingdom of God. Contact: Natalie Calia, programs@upaya.org.

GREATER CINCINNATI AREA

  • February 2-3, 2018: Values in Action, a Trinity Institute Conference will be live-streamed at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. It takes place in NYC and at other partner sites. Come hear the speakers including the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry; Rev. Elizabeth Edman; Michelle Alexander; Padraig O Tuama; and Jose Antonio Vargas, as well as panels, reflection groups and networking. Leave with new skills, ideas, inspiration and a greater capacity to take action rooted in core values and powerful partnerships. The world needs a course correction! For more information, contact Rev. Canon Manoj Zacharia at mzacaharia@cccath.org, and to register contact Kathy Noe at knoe@cccath.org. Visit the website, TI2018.org.
  • February 3, 2018: 74th Annual Meeting of the Salesian Guild takes place at St. Francis Xavier Church in downtown Cincinnati. The keynote speaker will be Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, well-known advocate, spiritual advisor and best-selling author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty. She is currently working on her third book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey. The gathering includes Vigil Mass at 4 pm at St. Francis Xavier; Reception at the parish center at 5 pm; Welcome and Dinner at 5:30 pm; Update on media law at 6:30 pm; Presentation of the Distinguished Communicator of the Year Award at 6:45 pm and the keynote speaker at 7 pm. $40. To keep up with late-breaking developments be sure and "like" the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SalesianGuildQuestions, contact Dan Andriacco at the Department of Communication & Mission Promotion, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, (513) 421-3131.
  • February 8, 2018: Immigrant Survivors of Partner Violence Quarterly Meeting: Opening Cultural Doors: Understanding Cultural Challenges of Immigrants and Working with American Muslim Communities will take place from 1-2:30 pm at Interact for Health, 3805 Edwards Rd., #500, Cincinnati, OH 45209. The questions that will be addressed are "How can I work more effectively to support Muslim individuals and families? What resources are available in the community for support?" Homa Yavar, Founding Member of Muslim Mothers Against Violence and the Islamic Society of Greater Cincinnati will present best practices for working with Muslims. Rahma Community Services will also explain the services they offer to survivors of domestic violence through the Islamic Society of Greater Cincinnati. Contact (513) 361-2155.
  • February 10, 2018: Becoming Beloved Community: A Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice is the title of the 2018 Annual Absalom Jones Symposium and Festal Eucharist set from 8 am - 6 pm at the Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati. The address is 318 E. Fourth (45202). It features Dr. Catherine Meeks and the Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart. Get more details at (513) 621-1817. Order tickets and learn morehere.
  • February 11, 2018: Eating is a Moral Act: Why the Farm Bill Matters to All of Us takes place on Sunday from 2-4 pm at Guardian Angels Church, 6531 Beechmont Ave. (45230) in the Undercroft. Come learn about the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, a major piece of legislation that affects farming, nutrition, and anti-hunger efforts, including SNAP and food banks, as well as forestry, conservation and rural programs. Find out how you can help influence Congress to craft a just and equitable Farm Bill that respects Christian principles. National Bread for the World Deputy Director, Christine Melendez Ashley will offer the keynote overview, followed by comments from local farmers, St. Vincent de Paul member and SNAP recipient. The event is sponsored by the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Office, St. Martin Deanery, Catholic Rural Life, St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati District Council, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association - OK River Valley Chapter and Bread for the World - Cincinnati Chapter. RSVP to (513) 421-3131, ext. 2660.
  • February 12, 2018: Annual Mass Celebrating Black Catholic History Month will take place at the University of Dayton at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, 300 College Drive, Dayton, Ohio, at 6 pm. Organized by the University of Dayton, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Office of African American Catholic Ministries, the presider will be Fr. Francis Tandoh, CSSP and Deacon Royce Winters will be the homilist. For more information, click here.
  • February 12, 2018: Confronting Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe takes place at 7:30 pm at Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. As the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism, MP John Mann will speak about his work to combat anti-Semitism in the UK and Europe, including anti-Semitism in sports, on university campuses and through social media. AJC Cincinnati is a sponsor. Register here.
  • February 13, 2018: Iran Versus Saudi Arabia: Ancient Religious Divide and the Modern Fight for Power. Spend an evening with Ambassador Kenton Keith who served 36 years with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Information Agency and Department of State in Brazil, Paris, Cairo, Qatar and D.C. He was U.S. Ambassador to Qatar for five years in the 1990s. The event is held in the Schiff Conference Center of Xavier University's Cintas Center, 1624 Herald Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207. Come hear how conflict in the Middle East is essentially rooted in the ancient differences between Sunni and Shia. Learn how Saudi Arabia and Iran have battled for regional influence and how this competition drives the news about Yemen, oil and gas, ISIS and other forces that complicate U.S. foreign policy.  A reception begins at 5:30, with dinner at 6:15 pm, followed by a talk and discussion from 7-8:30 pm. Please RSVP by emailing to cummins@xavier.edu. Payment for the Dinner/Dialogues can be made via www.fplcohio.org, $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Questions, please call Heather Slais at (513) 651-6111.
  • February 15 and 17, 2018: Leadership Assemblies from The Amos Project. 10,000s suffer in prison for non-violent drug related offenses and from unjust sentencing while children also grow up without their parents due to race-based or the horrors of addiction. One assembly will be held from 1-3 pm and again from 6:30-8:30 pm on the 15th, and from 1-3 pm on the 17th. The time has come to "let justice roll down like water and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream" in our city and state. In these workshops, we'll learn the analysis and strategy for how we're going to fight the system that has crippled many area communities. The speakers will share how to build a team to collect signatures and get the Safe and Healthy Communities Amendment on the 2018 Ballot in Ohio.  Learn more at www.theamosproject.org, or email Elizabeth Hopkins at ehopkins@ohorganizing.org.
  •  February 17, 2018: A Day of Training in Nonviolence is set from 9 am - 3 pm at St. Anne Province Center in Melbourne, KY 41059, just across the river from Cincinnati. The Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center is partnering with the Sisters of Divine Providence to offer this day of training about nonviolence. Topics covered include the principles of nonviolence, nonviolent communication and learning about nonviolent direct action. Suggested donation is $20 but is not required. Lunch is provided. RSVP to Andrea at andrea@ijpccincinnati.org.
  • February 17, 2018: Building Bridges: Recognizing Our Gifts and Using Them to Help Others is a time of personal reflection with God. You'll recognize your own gifts and explore ways to share them with family, friends and neighbors. Presenter is Franciscan Friar and priest Fr. John Quigley. This takes place from 10 am - noon at Mount Notre Dame Spirituality Center, 701 E. Columbia Ave., Cincinnati. Free offering. Register online, here, or contact Sr. Marie Smith at marie.smith@sndden.org or 513-679-8191.
  • February 20, 2018: Immigration Learning Community Meeting: Immigrant Detention Centers, sponsored by the Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center, will be held at 215 E. 14th Street (Cincinnati, OH 45202). The event is an hour long and begins at 6:30 pm. A short film will be included. Contact: Samantha Searls at samantha@ijpccincinnati.org.

MARCH 2018

INTERNATIONAL

  • March 7-April 17, 2018: Human Trafficking and Smuggling Course (E-learning Course, E07518). Sponsored by HREA and taught by Kirill Boychenko. Find out more and register, here.
  • March 13-17, 2018: World Social Forum 2018: Resist is to Create, Resist is to Transform takes place in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The forum, as usual, will convene people, organizations, social movements, networks and platforms of movements and the Comboni Missionaries are always in attendance. Find out the latest, here.

NATIONAL

  • March 26-27, 2018: Responsible Business Summit takes place in New York City. The Summit brings together 400 responsible business professionals from North America's leading brands to discuss the impending paradigm shift and transformational change to business, industry and society. Learn more and register, here.

GREATER CINCINNATI AREA

  • March 3, 2018: 4th Annual Greater Cincinnati Catholic Women's Conference  (GCCWC) will take place at the Manor House, 7440 Mason Montgomery Road in Mason, OH, just north of Cincinnati. The main celebrant will be Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. The day's speakers include Deacon Dan Lupo, Teresa Tomeo, Monsignor Frank Lane and Ann Winkle. The mission of GCCWC is to encourage a deeper love and understanding of the Catholic Faith in order for women to go out into the world and live Catholic every day. To register, click here.
  • March 3, 2018: Understanding Whiteness is the name of the free daylong workshop held at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1950 Nagel Road, in Anderson Township, that will examine the history and present-day reality of whiteness in American life. This educational day begins at 9:30 and ends at 3:30 pm, and is sponsored by Anderson Churches for Racial Unity (ACRU) along with Greater Anderson Promotes Peace. Find out more and register, here.
  • March 3, 2018: A Day of Discussion and Reflection is being offered by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery (lower level) of Covington, Kentucky, Center of Spirituality. The theme is Exodus: finding God while being seduced by other gods, presented by Deacon Royce Winters, Director of African American Catholic Ministries, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Pastoral Administrator, The Church of the Resurrection, 9:30 am - 3 pm. For more information or to make reservations,call Sr. Deborah Harmeling at (859) 331-6771 or email sdhosb@yahoo.com.
  • March 7, 2018: One Person Can Make a Difference: The Irene Gut Opdyke StoryJeannie Opdyke Smith shares the story of her mother Irene, a Polish Catholic woman who risked her life to save Jews during the holocaust. The story she tells, although filled with the horrors and hate the Holocaust holds, also brings the message that faith, love and hope can triumph over evil. It proclaims the conviction that one by one we can say no to hatred, persecution and prejudice. The story speaks of the power of love and encourages all that "One Person can Make a Difference."  The talk will be held at Seton High School Performance Hall, 3901 Glenway Avenue (Cincinnati, OH 45205) at 7 pm. Please RSVP to www.holocaustandhumanity.org/event/one-personQuestions? Call Lisa Shusterman at (513) 487-3055 or email lshusterman@holocaustandhumanity.org.