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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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  • October 4, 2017: Webinar: Drawdown: 60 Minutes with Paul Hawken is brought to you from 1:15-2:45 pm, more details pending. Sign up at http://www.ssfonline.org.
  • October 7, 2017: African Diaspora Day Mass and Festival will be held at St. Augustine's Parish, 15th and F Sts., N.W., Washington. African networking groups will have information on their organizations.
  • October 16, 2017:"Hacking" in the Peace Process: Challenges and Opportunities in Post-Accord Colombia. Join the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the George Washington University's Latin America & Hemispheric Studies Program at a conference with leading Colombian analysts and experts on the peace process and the future of post-accord Colombia. It runs from 9am-4pm at George Washington University, City View Room, 1957 E. Street, NW, 7th fl., Washington, D.C. Visit www.colombiapeace.org and www.wola.org for more information. RSVP here.
  • October 20-21, 2017: Midwest Regional Conference/Call to Action: A Call to New Spirituality. The venue is St. Peter's E[iscopal Church, 1950 Trumbull Ave in Detroit. The keynote will be by Adam Bucko on "What Breaks Your Heart? A Call to Action: A Call to a New Spirituality." There will be the opportunity to learn and participate in the following: Work on an Urban farm with Keep Growing Detroit; Water Justice Detroit with Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann; Declaring a Worldwide Year of the Laity with Rene Reid, plus an inclusive Eucharist, workshops and much more. Click here.
  • October 20-21, 2017: East Coast Regional Conference/Call to Action: Called to Justice Under the Trump Administration: To Do Justice, To Love Tenderly, To Walk Humbly with our God. The event will take place at the Double Tree by Hilton, Baltimore BWI Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Rd., Linthicum, MD 21090. Featured speakers include Sr. Simone Campbell, NETWORK, "Social Justice Under a Trump Administration;" Dr. Greer Gordon, "Racism and Privilege in Our Church and Society; Sr. Patty Chappell, "Called to be a People of Peace," plus focus groups on LGBT issues, immigration, and more. Click here.
  • October 27-29, 2017: The Women's Convention is a gathering in Detroit where women will be able to channel their energy, much like at the Women's March, and activism of the whole women's network into tangible strategies and concrete wins in 2018. There will be inspiring forums and intersectional movement building, workshops and strategy sessions. Inquire at resist@womensmarch.comor register at http://www.womensconvention.com/.
  • October 27-29, 2017: U.S. Catholic Mission Association 2017 Conference: Walking with the Spirit: Living Mission Spirituality Today will take place at the DoubleTree San Antonio Airport Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. On Friday, the keynoter will be Sr. Antoinette Gutzler, MM, President of the Maryknoll Sisters, who wil explore the biblical roots of Mission Spirituality and the importance of Scripture in our missionary activity and prayer. On Saturday, the gathering will shift to the University of the Incarnate Word where Fr. John Markey, OP will speak about how Mission Spirituality liberates us to live for God. Mass will be held at the Sister of Charity's Chapel honoring the 25th anniversary of the Liberian Martyrs of the Sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. On Sunday, Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF, Associate Director of the Franciscan Action Network will share her experiences in social justice advocacy. There will also be information on the upcoming 5th Congreso Americano Misionero. Book your hotel online. For more details, visit www.uscatholicmission.org.


  • October 5, 2017: Distinguished Speaker Series at St. Albert Parish. Fr. Dan Groody, an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, who is a Holy Cross religious, a scholar and an award-winning author and film producer is the presenter. A fundraising dinner to benefit Catholic Social Services programs will be served before the presentation. The event is co-sponsored by the Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, the Catholic Social Action Office in Dayton and Weavers of Justice. More details pending. Contact: Pam Long, Catholic Social Action Office/Dayton, Ohio; (937) 224-3026, ext. 5018.
  • October 6-8, 2017: Native American Weekend Celebration, presented by the Native American Ministry Council of Christ Church Cathedral, will hold this in conjunction with Indigenous Peoples' Day weekend. All events will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, 4th & Sycamore, downtown Cincinnati. They include a juried art exhibit, opening Friday, October 6 at 5:30 pm; a Community Concert at 7:30 pm; a Cultural Workshop on the 7th, from 10 am-3 pm and a Festival Eucharist on Sunday at 10 am. Find out more at (513) 621-1817.
  • October 7, 2017: A Taste of Mission finds its new time (same place) in the Fall this year. It will encompass the front grounds, weather permitting, and the gymnasium and other rooms indoors at the Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255. This popular annual event is full of color, and will fill every one of the senses: taste, especially! The mission museum and special collection of nativity displays from around the world are highlights as well. Come and join in, and find out how you might volunteer too! Contact: (513) 474-4997.
  • October 7, 2017: Building Bridges: Victims of Human Trafficking Workshop is set for Mt. Notre Dame Spirituality Center, 701 E. Columbia Ave. from 10 am-noon. Sr. Therese DelGenio, SNDdeN and Sr. Joan Krimm, SNDdeN will present building bridges of understanding and compassion with young girls, boys, women and men who have been trafficked in airports, bus terminals, gas stations and in their own homes for sex or labor. Free offering. To contact Sr. Marie Smith, SNDdeN at marie.smith@sndden.org; (513) 679-8101.
  • October 9-10, 2017: 2017 Westheimer Peace Symposium: Welcoming the Other will again take place at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, north of Cincinnati, and south of Columbus. It will focus on the "changing nature of war," by illuminating the experiences of refugees who have come to the U.S. to escape violence and devastation in their home countries. 
  • On the 9th, there will be a showing of the film, "Welcome to Shelbyville," at 7 pm in the Kelly Center, followed by a "community talk-back." An overview of the film reads: "A small town in the heart of America's Bible Belt grapples with rapidly changing demographics. Longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate a growing Latino population, and the more recent arrival of 100s of Muslim Somali refugees." The talk-back will be led by a panel of community members to discuss the challenges of immigration and refugees from a community perspective. 
  • On the 10th, there will be a panel discussion with Catholic Social Services at 1 pm in the Kelly Center, and in the evening, Jim Keady will speak at 7:30 pm on #Waging Peace in the Heiland Theatre, Boyd Cultural Arts Center. During the day, there will be groups such as Just 6 Words and the Red Cross Supply Drive, as well as a poster exhibit about the Marshall Plan in the Boyd Cultural Arts Center. All events are free and open to the public. Find out more from the college website.
  • October 12, 2017: The Reformation: Catholic and Lutheran Historical Perspectives. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Evangelical Lutheran Catholic in America (ELCA) Southern Ohio Synod are sponsoring a panel presentation with Fr. David Endres and Dr. David Mengel to understand the origins of the Reformation, our differences, and our growing unity in Christ. Dr. Mengel, Xavier University Dean of College of Arts and Sciences and History Professor, will highlight the historical roots of the reform. Fr. Endres, PhD, Dean of Mount St. Mary's Seminary and the Athenaeum of Ohio, will speak about the reforming movement's impact on the Catholic Church leading up to the Council of Trent. Both will also speak to our hopes for a future of greater reconciliation and unity. The same presentation will be offered in two locations. 

    CINCINNATI AREA: Thursday, October 12, 2017, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church 7770 Beechmont Avenue, 7 pm. 

    DAYTON AREA: Thursday, October 26, 2017
    : Peace Lutheran Church 3530 Dayton Xenia Road, 7 pm. 

  • October 12, 2017: Campus Sustainability Month 2017: Land Justice, "For Land's Sake," a multi-genre presentation in the arts. Performers include Michael Henson, Sherry Cook Stanforth and Karl Suelke. This will take place from 7-8:30 pm in Kennedy Auditorium (CLC, Learning Commons, 412) of Xavier University. It is a most unique multi-media arts presentation on mountain top removal, followed by Q & A.
  • October 13-14, 2017: A Weekend to Celebrate 100 Years of our Lady of Fatima with Immaculee Ilibagiza: Forgiveness, Healing & Hope. Come hear the author of Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Genocide. This is an amazing story and experience of Immaculee's powerful journey through remarkable personal testimony, inspirational music and prayer. The event takes place at St. Luke Catholic Church, 1440 North Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, Ohio 45432. The doors open Friday at 4 pm - 9 pm, and Saturday at 8:30 am until the close of the retreat at 12:30 pm. $57 for one; $76 for two. Registration via Annette Micek, annette@immaculee.com, or contact locally, Lisa Donigian, aramnlisa@aol.com; (937) 901-2727. Register at www.Immaculee.com.
  • October 18-19, 2017: Embracing the Leper: An Evening with Br. Octavio Duran, OFM, friend and iconic photographer of Blessed Archbishop Romero. He was a close friend of Archbishop Romero and the photographer who captured some of the most iconic images of the Salvadoran priest and martyr. He will share his up close encounters. The dates are October 18 at Holy Family Church, 7pm; www.holyfamilycincinnati.org (to register); and October 19 at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 7 pm, Heritage West Hall. Click for a flyer.
  • October 26, 2017: Civil Rights in the U.S.: The World is Watching. Join a wide-ranging conversation with Thomas E. Wheeler, II, Former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice. Sponsored by Xavier's Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, the Foreign Policy Leadership Council and the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council. This event will be held in the Schiff Conference Center at the Cintas Center at Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207. A reception begins at 5:30 pm, with dinner at 6:15 pm, followed by the presentation and discussion at 7 pm. Reserve dinner at www.fpicohio.org. It is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Contact: Cynthia Cummins at (513) 745-3922.



  • November 15-18, 2017: JPIC Promoters Formation Workshop: Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace will be held at Case per Ferie Enrico De Osso, Via Val Cannuta in Rome. This four day workshop will provide JPIC promoters with the tools needed to animate members of their congregation. Others engaged in JPIC-related ministries are welcomed to attend the full workshop or individual sessions. In both English and Spanish. For registration and the flyer, visit http://www.jpicroma.org/jpic-promoters-workshop.
  • November 25-December 10, 2017: 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence. Running for 25 years, the campaign focuses on the elimination of all forms of violence against women. The campaign starts on November 25, the International Day Against Violence Against Women, and runs until December 10, International Human Rights Day, emphasizing violence against women as a violation of human rights. This is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of armed violence against women. Learn more about the campaign, http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu.

Greater Cincinnati Area

  • November 12, 2017: Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC) Identification Card Event will be held at Holy Family Parish, 33006 W. 8th Street (45205). The first session is at 12:30 pm and the second session is at 2:30 pm. Would you like to have an ID that is recognized in the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County? Your card is issued by the Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio.