April 2024

Dear Lay Marianist,

We are gearing up for the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative’s (MSJC) Giving Day, taking place next Tuesday, April 23. Our goals are to: 

  • Raise $7,000 for our MSJC issue and project teams and our general fund 
  • Receive donations from 70 total donors 
  • Collect contributions from 25 new donors 

Can we count on you to help MSJC reach our goal? 


Over the next few days, you’ll hear more about the work of each of MSJC’s volunteer teams, their current needs, and how you can help us reach our goals this Giving Day.

Lay Marianist, we need stewards, just like you, to continue to advance our work for social justice in the Marianist Family, Catholic Church, and beyond. Thank you for your support of MSJC's 2024 Giving Day!

In Gratitude,

Sarah Gray 

Director of MSJC


Open Wide the Unlocked Door: Continued Conversation

What: Join MSJC's Women & Justice Team as we continue our conversation about women and the diaconate. All are welcome to join in this virtual community event whether or not you were able to attend the panel discussion last month.

Also, all are also encouraged and welcome to fill out this google form where we are collecting testimonials and stories: Women & The Diaconate: Marianist Story Gathering

When: Next Monday, April 22 starting at 7pm ET | 6pm CT | 5pm MT | 4pm PT | 1pm HT.

Register for the April 22nd Event

MSJC Earth Day Program: Planet or Plastic!

What: All are welcome to join with the Integral Ecology Team for 75 minutes of learning and dialogue on the 2024 World Earth Day theme, Planet vs. Plastics. Event will include prayer, presentations, and sharing using resources from Catholic Climate Covenant and others to inspire actions to reduce plastics. The presenters are:

  • Bro. Steve O'Neil SM (Cupertino, CA Marianist Community): Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for the US Province of Marianist Brothers 
  • Susan Vogt (Covington, KY & Marianist Visitation State Community): environmental speaker and writer. See her blog: Living Lightly

When: Next Wednesday, April 24 starting at 8pm ET | 7pm CT | 6pm MT | 5pm PT | 2pm HT.

Sponsored by: The Integral Ecology Team of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC) and Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC).

Sign Up for MSJC's Earth Week Event

There are less than 20 spots left for this assembly so make your plan to register today!! -- MSJC's LGBTQ+ Initiative is delighted to host Imago Dei: Embracing the Dignity of LGBTQ+ Persons, an assembly for the Catholic LGBTQ+ community.



Calling for nominations -- Be part of MSJC's organizational antiracism work!

We're looking for individuals to help MSJC become an anti-racist organization.

We are asking for a volunteer commitment to serve about 2 hours per month on MSJC's DEI Accountability Group, including quarterly meetings via Zoom, and agreeing to one year of committee work starting in late summer / early fall 2024. Please respond by May 1, and thank you for your consideration!

Nomination Form for MSJC's Antiracism Accountability Group


For four days, death penalty abolitionists from around the country will gather at the steps of the Supreme Court to call for an end to capital punishment in the United States. The Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty will continue for its 31st consecutive year, and you are encouraged to take part in this energizing week of grassroots training, advocacy, action, community, and education. The event reaches tens of thousands of tourists and locals, from all over the U.S. and throughout the world. MSJC has supported the Fast and Vigil in various ways over the years, including by prayer, by fasting, and by participation of members of the Death Penalty Abolition and Restorative Justice Team. 

The event organizers will again hold teach-ins each day (June 29 to July 2), and will also broadcast them online for those who are not able to be present in-person. More information about the event history, schedule, and registration is available on this website: http://abolition.org/about/



For 2024, the House joined the Senate Resolution (since 2020) declaring April National Native Plant Month. Be part of ecological restoration by planting native species, removing invasive species and educating others. Marianist Environmental Education Center has many online native plant resources and Gardening with Native Plants Workshop on April 27 in Dayton, and tours.  

Global Earth Day's 2024 theme is Planet vs Plastics, with a commitment to a 60% reduction in ALL plastics by 2040, growing awareness of health risks, phase out all single use plastics and demand an end to fast fashion.  Governments and NGOs from around the world will gather in Ottawa to negotiate the UN Global Plastic Treaty this Earth Day, April 22, 2024.  BABIES VS. PLASTICS  the first of five reports on serious health risks of plastics, overviews recent research on the impacts of microplastics on the health of young babies and children.

2024 Earth Day Resources available from Faith-based Organizations: 

Marianist Meatless Mondays Update

Congratulations to those who participated in Meatless Mondays during Lent. We have at least 16 people who are continuing this practice for the coming year. So, here are 4 new recipes to try in the next month including stuffed peppers, blueberry muffins, pesto pizza, and vegetarian quiche (4 ways!)

Meatless Recipes April 22 - May 13, 2024

Would you like to share a recipe? Please send it to info@marianistsjc.net. If we receive it by May 1, we will post it in next month’s issue. If your community is trying this, we would love to hear your story. Enjoy!

You can still sign up to participate here. We will be following up with folks soon about support and next steps in this journey :)


SAVE THE DATE: The Marianist Family Encounters Project Conference

will be held in Dayton, OH during the weekend of October 4 - 6. More details to come soon!

Reversing Global Warming Virtual Group Opportunity

Feeling hopeless, and maybe helpless, when thinking about climate change?

Then join us for Reversing Global Warming, a 5-session workshop offered on Zoom, 5 Thursdays, April 25 – May 23, 7-9 pm (ET). The goal is to help you determine where and how you can make an impact on global warming and provide a supportive setting and group to move you to action. You can make a difference! More details on this flier.

The program is free, but you must register. For more details about the program and to register (send us your name, email and phone #), contact:

Questions, comments, or feedback for Justice Jottings can be sent to us at info@marianistsjc.net.