Oct. 25-28, 2015 (29th optional) *RSVP Deadline: Sept. 1st
Poverty in the U.S. is too often a forgotten and misunderstood reality, especially in the rural area of Appalachia. With Pope Francis’ encyclical linking Carefor Creation and poverty with “integral ecology,” CMSM invites you to consider an immersion encounter with the people in the concrete struggle for “integralecology.”
ENCOUNTER: We will have the opportunity to visit organizations working closely with those on the margins. Such organizations address health care, housing, women and children, sustainable food, and alternative schools. We will also visit sites and organizations that illuminate the issue of environmental destruction and health issues, such as strip mining, coal, black lung, and deforestation. We will learn from speakers from various viewpoints on these issues. There will be regular times for group prayer and reflection on our encounters to deepen insight and friendship with each other. *See below for a more detailed schedule.
WHO: You are invited! But also consider others in your community who may have a desire or who you think it may be helpful for them to have this personal encounter.
WHEN: 6pm Sunday Oct. 25th to 7pm Wed.Oct. 28, with optional Thursday morning session.
COSTS: Travel to Lexington, lodging, and some food/drink. We will provide some meals. We also have some financial assistance for those with particular need.Please don’t let money be a barrier to this deeply spiritual encounter.
The only pre-booking required is for Sunday evening Oct. 25th and Wed. evening Oct. 28th. Monday and Tuesday we will be traveling and staying at other locations.
For Sunday and Wed. we have reserved a block of rooms at:
University Inn [ www.Univestiy-lexingtonhotelsone.com ]
1229 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40503
Each participant will have to make their own reservations for each night. Rate: $90/night – bring your tax exempt information and its tax free. Both singles and double are available (share aroom and reduce expenses). Use the group name: CMSM when reserving a room. Please makeyour reservations before October 1st.
The hotel is about 6 miles from the airport. There is no shuttle service, so if you need a ride let us know ahead of time and we’ll pick you up.
CLOTHING and TRAVEL:
The fall is still warm in Kentucky and it is shaping up to be a nice trip. This trip is not well suited for people with limited mobility. We will be travelling by van and have many stops during the day. Airport to use is Lexington, KY. *Please don’t purchase plane tickets until we confirm adequate numbers for the trip.
Rev. Neil Pezzulo: 513-304-2878 (cell)
Eli McCarthy: 510-717-8867 (cell)
RSVP and CONTACT: If you’re interested in joining us, please RSVP by Sept. 1st to
Brian McLauchlin at email@example.com or 847-431-8145.
Schedule October 25 – 29, 2015
Sunday, October 25
6:00 p.m. Van pick up at Hotel for Dinner at Restaurant in Lexington, KY. Bp. John Stowe invited.
Monday, October 26
10:00 a.m. Orientation, Stanton, KY. Fr. John S. Rausch, Glmy
11:30 New Hope Clinic, Owingsville, KY–free clinic. Deacon Bill Grimes
1:30 p.m. Frontier Housing, Morehead, KY–low income housing. Tom Carew
3:30 Sarah’s Place, Sandy Hook, KY–women’s and children’s issue. Sr. Sally Neale
Tuesday, October 27
8:30 a.m. Prayer & Reflection about Monday
9:30 Christian Appalachian Project, Hagger Hill, KY–13th largest non-profit in U.S.
11:30 St. Vincent Mission, David, KY–sustainable food production. Sr. Kathleen Weiggen
1:00 p.m. David School, David, KY–alternative school. Diantha Daniels
2:30 Mountaintop Removal (Martin Co. or Salyersville)–strip mining.
Wednesday, October 28
8:30 a.m. Prayer and Reflection about Tuesday
9:30 Mt. Tabor Ecumen. Benedictine Monastery–only women’s monastery in E. KY
11:30 Vicco, KY–life after coal; Black Lung discussion
Lunch Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church–Franciscans
2:30 Robinson Forest Reclamation Project, Breathitt County
6:00 Arrive in Lexington (Prayer and Reflection TBD)
Thursday, October 29 (optional)
10:00 Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY–discuss land use. Christy Brown