This half day session will focus on the reasons to be engaged in service and advocacy, based on our faith and Catholic Social Teaching, and will provide in depth training on the “how tos” of engaging in advocacy. Topics covered will include aspects of advocacy in the United States, how the Archdiocese of Chicago is engaged in advocacy with the Catholic Conference of Illinois, and how you can become involved in this effort. We will also talk about how to advance advocacy within your parish, including how to weave advocacy into your existing ministries, such as your green team or immigrant ministry.
The training will include breakout groups and discussions.
About our Facilitator: Marisa VertreesMarisa Vertrees has been engaged in advocacy and social justice work since high school, and has more than 13 years of professional experience. She worked at St. Charles Borromeo and with the Peace and Justice Commission of the Arlington Diocese for nearly 7 years, where she created the parish’s first advocacy team and regularly led volunteers from across the Diocese at Advocacy Days in Richmond, VA and the U.S. Capital. She later worked at a global anti-poverty nonprofit as the faith manager. Currently, she is the Campaign Manager for English Speaking Countries at the Global Catholic Climate Movement, a new organization dedicated to the message of Laudato Si’. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, three kids and cat.