10th Annual John Paul II Lecture on Social Justice
The 2017 John Paul II Social Justice Lecture is titled “Life in a Clear Plastic Bag: The Limbo of Immigration Detention Centers.” The topic will be a panel discussion on immigration in general and the Elizabeth Detention Center in particular.
The speakers will be: Sr. Antonelle Chunka who has been ministering to the immigrants in that Center for years; Sr. Mary Ann Mueller who is part of a Pax Christi group that protests in front of that Center every Ash Wednesday; and Dr. Anna Brown, Chair of the Political Science department at St. Peter’s University and actively involved in social justice causes.
If you have any questions, email Dr. Mara Zukowski.
About Dr. Anna J. Brown
Dr. Anna J. Brown is chair of the political science department and director of the social justice program at Saint Peter’s University. She co-founded and is a faculty advisor to the University’s Center for Undocumented Students. Along with James L. Marsh, she co-edited and contributed to the book, Faith, Resistance, and the Future: Daniel Berrigan’s Challenge to Catholic Social Thought.
She has published in the areas of social justice, immigration, nonviolence, and Buddhism. She is a member of the Kairos peace community, which was co-founded by Daniel Berrigan, S.J., and has participated in numerous acts of nonviolent civil disobedience as well as works for peace and justice internationally.
About Sr. Mary Ann Mueller
I am delighted to be the full-time Justice and Peace Coordinator for the Felician Sisters’ North American Province since 2010. I am also a member of the Felician Sisters’ Congregational Office for Justice and Peace and I edit the Congregational Justice and Peace newsletter.
I directed our Justice and Peace committee in Lodi, a very dedicated group of sisters, associates, and employees from institutions on our grounds, until I moved to CT two years ago. I served on the Leadership Council of Pax Christi New Jersey for seven years and I edited The Christian Peacemaker, the newsletter for Pax Christi New Jersey for over five years.
I have been involved with the Franciscan Action Network, the Franciscan voice advocating in Washington, since its inception in 2007. I currently serve on the boards for Franciscan Action Network and for United States Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking.
My baptismal mandate compels me to make an attempt each day to live the Beatitudes. My favorite quote from Mahatma Gandhi—“You must be the change you want to see in the world” challenges me to fulfill God’s will in compassionate service, total availability and concern for the salvation of all people.
About Sr. Mary Antonelle Chunka, EdD
Sister Mary Antonelle Chunka, Ed.D, is a Felician Franciscan Sister who has been cooperating with Christ in the spiritual renewal of the world for more than 50 years. As a teacher, writer and international speaker, Sister Antonelle continues to advocate for social justice in all areas of human dignity.
In 1982, Sister left her administrative position at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, to begin The Promise Outreach, a faith-based ministry to at-risk and delinquent youth. Through the years, Sister Antonelle extended the ministry to include adult correctional centers which led to a further outreach to immigrants detained in federal ICE facilities.
Under Archbishop Peter L. Gerety, Sister Antonelle was appointed as a founding member of the Newark Archdiocesan Commission for Justice and Peace and for the Commission on Women in Church and Society. She used these experiences to influence policies as a trustee on numerous boards of education, health care and social services. This year, in the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, the Most Rev. James Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen, named Sister Mary Antonelle as a “Disciple of Mercy.”