The ‘common good” has a long history in Catholic theological reflection. Defined by the Second Vatican Council as embracing “ the sum total of all those conditions of social life which enable individuals, families, and organizations to achieve complete and effective fulfillment” (Gaudium et Spes,74), the common good is always named as an essential principle of the Catholic social justice tradition. This presentation will examine the origins and development of the concept of the common good in Catholic Social Teaching and investigate the forces in our polarized and consumerist culture that often blind us to the call of the common good..
Fr. Terrence J. Moran studied moral theology at the Accademia Alfonsiana in Rome and the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He has given presentations on theology and spirituality through the United States and in 35 other countries. He is currently the Director of the Office of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ.
At VOTFNJ's invitation, a steering committee for refugee assistance held its first organizational meeting on May 23, 2016 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The result: a coalition of 14 member organizations which have named themselves, Refugee Assistance Morris Partners (RAMP). Their stated purpose: "...to assist vetted Middle Eastern and other refugee families to transiton to productive lives of dignity, safety, and hope in the Morris County area of New Jersey." The group has partnered with World Church Service (WCS) and with the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ).
Road to Recovery, a non-profit organization that offers compassionate counseling and referral services to survivors of sexual abuse. Launched in 2005 to provide direct assistance to victims of clergy sexual abuse, R2R has expanded its mission to include survivors of all sexual abuse. Learn more.
Intentional Eucharistic Communities(IECs) are those small faith communities, rooted in the Catholic tradition, which gather to celebrate Eucharist on a regular basis. Born in the enthusiasm flowing from Vatican II for a church of the people, some IECs were instituted in parishes, some were created as alternatives to the parish, some retain close ties with the institutional church, and some function independently. VOTFNJ considers itself to be an Intentional Eucharistic Community. Other New Jersey area IECs are the Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community (Andover, NJ),founded by a VOTFNJ member, Mary Ann Schoetlly and The Inclusive Community (Chatham, NJ), whose pastor is Dr. Anthony T. Padovano.