Ecumenical Rally for Racial Justice

Ecumenical Rally for Racial Justice

Joliet, Ill. – The Diocese of Joliet presents a special virtual event, An Ecumenical Rally for Justice, on Saturday, June 13. The livestream will begin at 11 a.m. at The event is sponsored by the Office of the Bishop; the Office for Human Dignity, Justice & Peace Ministry; the Office for Christian Life, Ecumenical & Hispanic Ministry; the University of St. Francis; the Joliet Franciscans; and the Northern Illinois Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The Diocese of Joliet invites you to join in prayer and reflection, and take a stance of solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters hurting from the sin of racism. A panel of speakers will call for repentance, a commitment to racial justice, and a new way forward. Speakers for the event include:

  • Bishop Richard E. Pates, Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Joliet;
  • Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., President of the University of St. Francis;
  • Bishop Craig Purchase, Sr., Pastor of Mt. Zion, and Vice President of the Central Western District of The United Holy Church of America;
  • Nancy Schramm, OSF, Director of Mission Formation, Pontifical Mission Office;
  • Vincent Cornelius, Will County Circuit Court Judge and former president of the Illinois State Bar Association;
  • Elisabeth Roman, Director of Hispanic and Ethnic Ministry for the Diocese of Joliet;
  • Bishop Jeffrey Clements, Bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America;
  • Lois Prebil, OSF, Co-founder of the Joliet Franciscan Anti-Racism Committee;
  • Pastor Kevin Comfort, Judson Church in Joliet, and;
  • Herb Brooks, Pastor of St. John M.B. Church, Will County Board Member.

Please contact Edith Avila Olea at for more information about this virtual event.

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