See, Choose, Act!

Changing our World with Courage and Compassion

“Hearts have been tested. The crisis has called forth in some a new courage and compassion. Some have been sifted and have responded with the desire to reimagine our world; others have come to the aid of those in need in concrete ways that can transform our neighbor’s suffering...we have to see clearly, choose well, and act right. Let’s talk about how...Come, let us talk this over. Let us dare to dream.”

Pope Francis’ call to dream may seem naive. How dare we dream when the challenges we face seem unrelenting, perhaps, even insolvable? The COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim lives across our globe. Racial injustice, gender inequity, and transphobia thwart the aspirations of our young and sap the vitality of our elders. Climate change raises serious public health issues from food safety to antimicrobial resistance to heightened levels of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Authoritarian regimes camouflage xenophobia by asserting their right to national security, religious freedom, and cultural sovereignty. Although 193 member states have affirmed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every day around the globe, including here in the United States, fundamental human rights are violated with impunity.

Pope Francis responds to these devastating realities with determination and hope. To dream is to be animated by “the resilience, generosity, and creativity of so many people, the means to rescue our society, our economy, and our planet.” Imagine the power of scientists dreaming with artists; imagine activists in collaboration with economists and politicians, all in solidarity with our most vulnerable sisters and brothers! Together they could embody a bold confidence that sees, chooses, and acts in solidarity with persons long deprived of their inalienable human rights. Such dreamers, bolstered by courage and compassion, can critique oppressive ideologies, transform repressive social structures, and, most important, co-create “the path to a better future.”

To dream is dynamic — it invites unconventional thinking, innovative application, visionary designs, and uncommon vim and vigor. In the spirit of our Nazareth community, to dream is to be a Changemaker. And so the question becomes: how dare we not dream?

We are privileged to bring to our campus distinguished presenters who possess the courage and compassion to dream and to build a path to a better future. With gratitude for sharing their wisdom with us, let us welcome: Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ, Olga Marina Segura, Marie Dennis, and Daniel Horan, OFM

For additional information, visit or contact Susan E. Nowak, SSJ at 585-389-2731. 

September 25, 2021
The Spiritual Work of Anti-Racism: An Ignatian Way of Discerning Justice For Everyone. A student retreat with Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ. 

September 26, 2021, 3 p.m.
The Forum, Otto Shults Community Center
Kairos: An Ignatian Way of Listening, Acting and Healing Together. A lecture by Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ.

October 14, 2021, 7 p.m.
The Forum, Otto Shults Community Center
On Whiteness, Power, and Faith: The Struggle to Survive in a White Catholic Church. A lecture by Olga Marina Segura

October 15, 2021, 1:30-3 p.m.
Rejecting Whiteness and Power: How to Work towards Justice-Centered Spirituality. A student workshop with Olga Marina Segura

February 17, 2022, 7 p.m.
The Forum, Otto Shults Community Center
Earth Community: A New Story about Nonviolence. A lecture by Marie Dennis

February 18, 2022, 1:30-3 p.m.
Showing Up is the First Step: A Teach-In for Peacebuilding and Social Justice. A student workshop with Marie Dennis. 

March 6, 2022, 3-4:30 p.m.
The Forum, Otto Shults Community Center
Pope Francis, Thomas Merton, and the Spirituality of Anti-Racism. A lecture by Daniel Horan, OFM. 

March 6, 2022, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center
God is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude. A student retreat with Daniel Horan, OFM.

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