MORRISTOWN, NJ - On Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3:30 PM in St. Mark Lutheran Church, 100 Harter Road, Morristown, NJ, Sr. Catherine T. Nerney will speak on: Our Church: Called to Reflect Who God Is.

In 1965 Vatican Council II called the Roman Catholic church to reclaim its core identity in the communion of God’s own life. This Divine life is revealed and experienced as Compassion which Sr. Catherine Nerney asserts is the church’s very DNA. What does this mean? What does this ask of Catholics? How can they participate in rebuilding a church that God can recognize as an authentic divine/human self-gift to the world and the planet?

There are all questions which Sr. Cathy will address.

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Over the past decade, Sr. Cathy has been immersed in the church’s call to forgiveness and reconciliation as ways to heal the brokenness that prevents the church from being more fully and effectively both a sign and instrument of unity with God, with one another, and for the world. The gift of and need for compassion has become central to Sr. Cathy's understanding of the very character of God, the mission of Jesus, and the life and work entrusted to the people.

She says, “What a challenge to realize that, like Jesus, we are called to be who God is in the world. None can respond to this invitation alone. We need each other; together we grow into God.”

Over the past few years, Sr. Cathy has brought her message to audiences at academic conferences, national and international gatherings, retreat houses, Catholic, ecumenical, and interfaith groups throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and she has worked with psychologists, psycho-therapists, prison mediators and health agencies on topics related to forgiveness and reconciliation in a wounded world.

Catherine T. Nerney, is a Sister of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. She received her Ph.D in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America and is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Chestnut Hill College and Director of its Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Her specialization is the Theology of the Church. The author of numerous publications, her latest book is The Compassion Connection: Recovering our Original Oneness (Orbis Books, 2018).

There is no charge for the program and ALL ARE WELCOME.