Strengthening Your Parish Social Ministry with Joe Hastings
Honolulu, Hawaii - Sept. 21, 2011 – Joe Hastings, an education organizer from Catholic Relief Services, will be speaking at selected Catholic parishes and schools on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island from Oct 2 – 4. He will also be a guest presenter at the 2011 Parish Social Ministry Leadership University, being held Sept.30 –Oct.1 at St. Stephen Diocesan Center on Oahu.
The visit is sponsored by CRS as a way to thank Catholic communities for their support, and to raise awareness about hunger and relief development. As an Education Organizer, Hastings promotes global solidarity in West Coast dioceses, especially through faith formation. Working primarily in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California., his role is to: support diocesan leaders with training, education, speaker tours, facilitating immersion education trips, and other resources to build global solidarity through the work of CRS. Hastings also helps to build the diocese’s capacity to promote global solidarity through forming Global Solidarity Teams and training CRS Ambassadors. Additionally, he offers classes, workshops, and retreats on themes in social justice, scripture and spirituality to contribute to religious education programs in each diocese.
Before coming to CRS, Joe Hastings worked with the homeless, in parish social ministry and in religious education. After a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp serving migrant farm workers, Joe worked for seven years with people living in the streets of Seattle, WA, and Cambridge, MA. For several years Joe taught classes and presented workshops in scripture, theology, social justice, and nonviolence in programs for adult education, catechist certification, deacon formation and young adult leadership in Seattle. He has visited the work of CRS and the local Catholic Church in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Philippines. He holds degrees in Theology and Political Science from Boston College and divinity from Weston School of Theology.
Presentations will be held at:
Big Island - Our Lady of Lourdes, Parish Hall - Sunday Oct. 3 – 1:30 – 4:00 PM
Maui – St. Anthony Jr./ Sr. School Library – Monday Oct. 4 – 6:00 to 8:30PM
Kauai – St. Raphael Church – Tuesday Oct 4 - – 6:00 to 8:30PM
Also on Oahu at the PSM Leadership University
Oahu – St. Stephen Diocesan Center – Friday Sept. 30 – Sat. Oct. 1 (link here for info)
For more information:
Iwie Tamashiro, Parish Social Ministry Program Director
St. Stephen’s Diocesan Office
6301 Pali Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744-5224
Toll Free 1-877-263-8855 ext 702
Fax /TTY: (808) 262-3728