This past year Sr. Mary Ellen Boyle, SC has passionately addressed almost all of the Xavier committees regarding modern day slavery that victimizes men, women, and children all over the world, including the United States. This slavery not only involves the sex trade but also the production of every day products we use. The inhumanity of this system is so widespread, it challenges us to look at our labels and cupboards for our unwitting participation in the success of this gross injustice.
I hope you are enjoying some restorative time over this holiday weekend, as we celebrate the legacies of our nation’s leaders. Speaking of leadership: As many of you know, we have two leadership councils here at Xavier. The Finance Council, as mandated by the canon law of the Church, monitors the fiscal operations of the parish and advises the pastor in its overall management. The Pastoral Council shares in the ministry and care of our community and prayerfully helps to guide Xavier into the future according to its mission. I am extremely grateful for the wonderful women and men who comprise both councils and who take their roles so seriously.