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President's Peace Commission - 2011 Spring Program: Tuesday Programs

Rebel with a Cause: The Global Legacy of Fr. Chaminade

Mission Possible: The Living Legacy of Blessed Chaminade

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Invocation: Fr. Rudy Vela, SM, Vice-President of Mission & Identity, St. Mary's University

Isabella Moyer, President of the International Marianists Lay Communities
Fr. Joseph Kozar, SM, Assistant Rector, University of Dayton
Moderator: Charles Cotrell, PhD, President, St Mary's University

1. What do you consider to be the living legacy of Blessed Chaminade?

2. What inspired you to follow Blessed Chaminade in the Marianist family?

3. How do you see yourself working towards the vision of Blessed Chaminade today?

4. What challenges do we face "reading the signs of the times" in advancing this mission?

The Poor Will Be with You Always

11:10 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Larry Hufford, PhD, Political Science, St. Mary's University
Alfredo Ortiz, (MA 1998), Manager of Financial Services, Pact
Khushbu Patel, (BA 2006, MA 2008), Political Science, St. Mary's University
Moderator: Kathleen Gallagher, PhD, Graduate International Relations, St. Mary's University

1. What sort of work have you either been involved with or what organization have you observed that works to help improve the lives of the poor?

2. Given either your personal work with the poor or the organizations you have observered working with the poor, explain what factors you think have contributed to their poverty and hardship?

3. What are examples of some of your greatest successes at alleviating poverty or successes of organizations you have observed?

4. What have been or continue to be the major challenges in reducing poverty?

Faces of Courage: Kenyan Women

12:35 p.m. – 1:50 p.m

Tere Dresner-Salinas, Executive Director, Women’s Global Connection
Fr. Kip Stander, SM, University Chaplain, University Ministry, St. Mary's University
Moderator: Ana Olivares, Student, St. Mary's University

1. What are the Marianists doing in Kenya to address the social and economic problems that women are facing? Are there any specific programs that either the Marianists have established, or are partnered with, that focus on these particular issues?

2. What is the Church's stance on the availability of contraceptives and/or sex education for Kenyan women?

3. Other than the constant social and economic oppression that Kenyan women face, why is land ownership becoming a more and more prominent issue amongst women rights activists in Kenya?