‘Nuns on a Bus’ Author Sr. Simone Campbell to Visit USF

0915 Nuns on a Bus Author Sr. Simone Campbell VisitsThe University of St. Francis  will welcome religious leader, attorney, poet, lobbyist and Executive Director of NETWORK, Sister Simone Campbell, to campus on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. as part of the Bishop Imesch Women in the Church Lecture Series.

Sr. Simone is influential in Washington D.C. concerning the issues of peace-building, immigration reform, health care and economic justice through her position as Executive Director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice advocacy organization.

Her greatest influences as of late include writing the “nuns’ letter” during the 2010 congressional debate. This letter supported health care reform and was signed by a wide coalition of nuns, including the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. This letter was widely considered critically important in passing the Affordable Care Act.

In 2012, Sr. Simone helped to organize “Nuns on the Bus,” originally a nine-state tour to oppose legislation that would end funding for social programs which provide support for those in need. “Nuns on the Bus” received nationwide attention from religious communities, elected officials and the media. The original tour turned into three nation-wide trips which focused on economic justice, comprehensive immigration reform and, most recently, voter turnout. She is also the author of “A Nun on the Bus,” a personal memoir of these journeys which transformed prayer groups into rallies and small town meetings into national media events.

Join the USF community Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in San Damiano Hall to hear these moving and inspirational stories. Sr. Simone will share her experiences and discuss how we can inspire real transformation within communities and our own hearts through the contemplative life of prayer. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Please RSVP to cgreen@stfrancis.edu or 815-740-2272 by Oct. 16 for registration purposes.