Members of New Peace and Justice Commission Announced

May 14, 2015
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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