Twenty-Seven Member Commission Tasked with Addressing Issues of Social Justice
ST. LOUIS – The 27 members of the newly-established Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis were announced Thursday by Director Marie Kenyon.
The Commission was originally announced at a Mass for Peace and Justice on August 20, 2014, when Archbishop Robert J. Carlson declared his intention to address societal issues through the new commission, such as family breakdown, poverty, racial tension, and lack of education.
Attorney Marie Kenyon was appointed director of the Peace and Justice Commission in January 2015. Prior to her appointment on the Commission, Kenyon was the managing attorney of Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, a ministry serving the legal needs of low-income clients throughout the archdiocese.
In a memo announcing Kenyon as director, the Archbishop stated, “Peace and justice are the hallmarks of a society that knows, loves and serves God above all else. I urge this new Commission to assist the citizens and public officials throughout all eleven counties of our archdiocese in the effort to achieve peace and justice for all.”
Archbishop Carlson has appointed 27 individuals to serve as members of the Commission. The Commission is comprised of 18 men and nine women, with minorities well-represented. Members of the Commission include lay persons, clergy, religious sisters, police officers, attorneys, and educators.
The Commission will develop its priorities by looking at how issues affecting our region specifically impact the family. As Catholics we believe as Pope Francis states "the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and belong to one another.” By working to help strengthen the family, the Commission hopes to help build stronger communities and a peaceful and just region and world.
Members of Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
Marie Kenyon - Director of the Peace and Justice Commission
Fr. Don Anstoetter - Part-time professor, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
Fr. Michael Boehm - Vicar for Priests, Archdiocese of St. Louis
Ray Boshara - Senior advisor & director of the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank
Patrick E. Carron - President/CEO Perry County Memorial Hospital
Christine Chadwick - Former Executive Director, FOCUS St. Louis
Fr. Christopher Collins, SJ - Director, Catholic Studies Program; Assistant Professor, Theological Studies St. Louis University
Angel O. Costa - Real Estate Investor
Sr. Cathy Doherty, SSND - Pastoral Associate, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (Ferguson)
Deacon John Heithaus - Chief Development Officer, Family Resource Center
Jessica Hoskins - Criminal Defense Attorney
Captain Daniel Howard - Commander of District 4 of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
Chief Direk L. Hunt - Perryville Police Department
Thomas J. Irwin - Executive Director, Civic Progress
Felicia Jones - Federal Public Defender
Dr. Barbara A. Lutey - Assistant Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
Nancy J. McCarthy - Regional Administrator, Board of Probation and Parole, Missouri Department of Corrections
Thomas Miller - Edward Jones Resource Analyst
Barbara A. Morrow - Director of Business Services, Harris-Stowe State University
Sr. Ellen Orf, CPPS - General Councilor, Sisters of the Most Precious Blood
Sr. Christian Price, ASCJ - Director of Faith Formation, St. Alban Roe Parish
Dr. Jason Q. Purnell - Assistant Professor, Washington University School of Social Work Studies, Public Health and Health Disparities
Peter Salsich, Jr. - Professor-Emeritus, St. Louis University School of Law
Fr. Carl Scheble - Pastor, St. John the Baptist Church
Jim Schmieder - Assistant City Administrator, Union, Missouri
Daniel H. Vatterott - Morgan Stanley Vice President, Financial Advisor
Patrick White - President, Greater St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Dr. Joseph Worth - Vice President of Student Affairs, St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley