Letter to the Editor

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Cara Annese is the assistant director for retreats at the University Ministry.

Thank you so much for the coverage of the University Ministry (UM) retreat, “St. Francis in the City,” cosponsored by Faithful Fools on October 6 (Foghorn, Oct. 11, by Miranda Paulson). In the article, Paulson quotes a student who said that she was disappointed she didn’t have the opportunity to do service on the retreat. We wanted to reach out and let students know that we have many opportunities in UM to serve others in more concrete ways through our Solidarity in Action programs, such as night ministry, supporting homeless individuals at the Fr. Alfred Center, and delivering meals to folks on the streets in the Tenderloin. It was our hope through the retreat to invite students into a deeper reflection on what holds us separate from the poor and what connects us as human beings. The retreat and work of Faithful Fools remind me of the quote by social activist Lilla Watson: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” We acknowledge and understand the desire to help and serve when we see others in desperate need. We also understand the need for deep reflection on our mutuality and common humanity in order to change the systems that oppress and cause injustice.

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