Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for your prayers for the pastoral staff who were on retreat this past week.

In August, one of our parishioners, Matthew Kauffman will be heading to Los Angeles for a year to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer. Having graduated from UNC-CH in May, he’ll be working through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which offers women and men long-term service opportunities grounded in the vales of social justice, community, spirituality, and simple living.

When asked what he’ll be doing he said, “My work will focus on assisting homeless individuals in finding employment. As a Jesuit Volunteer, I will live in community with 3-6 other Jesuit Volunteers, each working at a different agency in the city.” When asked why he was doing this he responded, “There are many reasons to do a year of service (including): being inspired to care about peace and justice by the preaching of the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi where I grew up going to church, as well as several years of work with the wonderful folks of the Justice Theatre Project. I learned a lot about poverty and homelessness from the Members of the Community Empowerment Fund, Chapel Hill’s student-run domestic microfinance and financial education non-profit. Also, I love helping people! Normative reasons: I’ve been gripped by both religious and non-religious moral arguments for caring less about oneself and more about those in need. On the religious side, I’ve been influenced by the thought of Jesus (Matthew 25), Alasdair MacIntyre, and Stanley Hauerwas. On the non-religious front, the work of Derek Parfit and Peter Singer. Please include me in your prayers as I begin this journey.”

In addition to the Jesuit Volunteer Corp there is also Franciscan Volunteer Ministry for young men and women to consider. More information can be obtained at: http://www.franciscanvolunteerministry.org.

Let us pray for Matt and all our young adults as they seek to put their faith into action and make this world of ours a better place.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark