Fratelli Tutti Discussion Group (Zoom)

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January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2022 | Friday 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CST

facilitated by S. Anne Shepherd, OSB, S. Barbara McCracken, OSB, Steve Bruns, oblate of Mount St. Scholastica
Cost: $40

Fratelli Tutti, the third in a series of statements to the people of the world, by Pope Francis, invites all people to treat each other as brothers and sisters and to cultivate what he calls a “culture of encounter.” As we read this important document, we will come together weekly to reflect upon and discuss its meaning in our own lives. All faith traditions are welcome.

Please register by December 30. Once we have received your registration, we will send you an invoice for the retreat. Please know we have scholarships available; if you would like to make a request, email S. Carol Ann at We strongly encourage you to add to your email contacts to ensure the delivery of emails regarding this series. We look forward to welcoming you online.

S. Anne Shepard, OSB, has been a professed Benedictine since 1967. Most of her ministries have included Catholic education where she served as teacher, principal and superintendent of diocesan schools. Within the community, she has served on multiple committees and planning task forces. She served as prioress of her community from 2005-2017. She currently is administrator of Monasterio de San Benito, a small community of Benedictines in Mexico City. With a doctorate in Peace Studies from Columbia University, she is active in rallying support for DACA students. Her travels have included trips to many European countries, West Africa, all coasts of Brazil, Peru, and other countries in Central and South America.

S. Barbara McCracken, OSB, taught in Catholic schools for 18 years, including 10 years at Donnelly College. She has provided hospitality and peace education at Shalom Catholic Worker House in Kansas City, Kansas, and taught the Catholic position on peace and non-violence in local parishes, as well as serving as consultant for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Peace and Justice Office. She has served as associate director of Keeler Women’s Center in Kansas City, and has ministered to women in Kansas county jails. Her travels have taken her to the Holy Land, western India, West Africa, and she has spent extended time in Rome and Paris.

Steve Bruns is an oblate of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas. Since his retirement a decade ago, he has been serving as a cook at a food kitchen, ministering to the homeless in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.