The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host a USCCB Listening Session against Racism on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph, located on the campus of St. Joseph University.

The event will enable the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to listen to its members who have been harmed by racism or its effects.  

Bishop Shelton Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux will moderate a select group of speakers, who will share experiences in an environment that will allow an understanding of the weight of the harm. The gathering aims to call the church to a renewed reflection on these harms that leads ultimately to healing and structural change.

The session is in response to the recently published U.S. Bishops’ pastoral letter on racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love.”

Some handicapped parking is available near the Chapel of St Joseph in the Cardinal Avenue parking lot and in the Wolfington Hall parking lot off of City Avenue. General parking is available off of 54th St. in the Hawks Landing parking garage or the Mandeville Hall parking lot (GPS location: 2471 N 54th St.).

A shuttle will run regularly from 54th St. at the Hawks Landing entrance (at Starbucks) regularly to take people to the chapel. Street parking can also be found on Cardinal Avenue and Overbrook Avenue near the chapel of Saint Joseph (GPS location: 2449 Cardinal Ave).

All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Father Richard Owens of the Office for Black Catholics at 215-587-3541 or