Wednesday, May 3rd 6:30pm
Join us for a chance to learn more about what’s being done in Chicago to combat the growing problem of violence, and where you can plug in to the effort. Featuring Special Guest Speaker, Tom Vanden Berk, along with representatives from UCAN, G-PAC, PEAK, Chicago Jesuit Academy, UMOJA, Daniel Murphy, Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, Urban Gateways, The BLOC and more.
6:30pm: Guest Speaker, Tom Vanden Berk
7:00 pm: Introductions to Anti-Violence & Peace Organizations
7:30 pm: Mix & mingle with reps to learn more, ask questions & get involved
pre-registration preferred | refreshments will be served
Register & attend and St. Teresa of Avila will donate $10 to the participating group of your choice.
About our Speaker:
Thomas C. Vanden Berk has devoted nearly 40 years to improving the lives of abused, neglected and dependent children. In 1992, Tom suffered the loss of his 15-year-old son as a result of gun violence. He turned his anguish into determination, becoming instrumental in educating organizations on the importance of planning strategies against gun-related suffering. Tom speaks on the subject of gun violence frequently, testifying before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee. He continues to work with Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel toward the implementation of sensible gun laws in Chicago. Tom also served as a member of Governor Quinn’s Illinois Anti-Violence Commission. Tom is CEO Emeritus of UCAN, a social service agency in Chicago, and the founder of G-PAC, formed to counter the political influence of the gun industry.
St. Teresa’s anti-violence initiative aims to connect parish and community members with our neighbors in Chicago by praying for victims of violence. We encourage you to pray for the victims of violence in Chicago, especially those who’ve lost their lives to violence in 2017. Pray for them by name, and pray for their families. We pray for each week’s victims during Mass in the Prayer of the Faithful and also include the names at Tuesday Eucaristic Adoration. Names are printed in the bulletin each week and available here online. Listen to those who are affected by violence and learn how you can plug into efforts to bring about peace in our city.