This reflection is part of the Spirituality of the Catechist Online Retreat. As a director of social ministry, I am responsible for encouraging social advocacy in my parish. I would usually offer workshops on Catholic social teaching and the USCCB document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. Unfortunately, these workshops often resulted in ideological debates and partisan arguments. I concluded that this was not the most effective approach to persuade parishioners to engage in social advocacy. […]
About John Gonzalez
John Gonzalez, DMin, serves as the Director of Social Ministry for a parish on Long Island. John is also an adjunct professor at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, and a member of the Loyola Press Speakers Corps. John received his Doctorate of Ministry in Latino Studies from Fordham University and has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. John previously served as adjunct professor at Molloy College, special projects developer for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and director of the justice, peace and the integrity of creation office for the Passionist community.