Campus Ministry

Peace and Justice

"Preach the gospel.
If necessary, use words."

-St. Francis of Assisi

Rooted in the peacemaking of St. Francis of Assisi and tenets of Catholic Social Teaching, Alvernia University is committed to promoting peace both locally and abroad.  Campus Ministry strives to bring awareness to Alvernia's campus of pressing issues in our world that threaten human dignity and peaceful co-existence.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to ask challenging questions, seek solutions for societal injustices, and demand peace in the face of violence and justice in the face of inequality.  Many programs are offered through Campus Ministry both to educate campus about issues of peace and justice and to empower others to take social action.

Programs and Events include:

March for Life

Go to the annual March for Life in Washington, DC and demonstrate the importance of protecting the unborn. For more information go to 

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Join Campus Ministry for a week of events to educate the Alvernia community about the realities of hunger and homelessness in Reading, the United States, and around the world. This includes a Hunger Banquet and statistics on the Quad.

St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen

Stay in downtown Philadelphia for two nights while working at the St. Francis Inn Soup Kitchen, founded and maintained by Franciscans and friends of Franciscans.  Unlike other soup kitchens, the St. Francis Inn is run like a restaurant, and students will have the opportunity to be waiters and waitresses for the poor and homeless of Philadelphia. Don't miss this incredible, humbling opportunity!  

Lenten Social Justice Themed Weeks

Each week of Lent focuses on raising awareness of a different social justice issue, which include displays around campus, and often a speaker or panel on the topic(s).

Other Peace & Justice Events 

  • Provide trainings to student leaders and student body at large, sponsoring speakers, hosting prayer services and raising awareness of peace and justice issues such as immigration and citizenship, life issues (abortion, death penalty, euthanasia, capital punishment, assisted suicide), global poverty, fair trade, climate change, nutrition/hunger, housing, human trafficking, labor and employment issues, domestic violence, sexual abuse, war and human rights. 


Peace and Justice

St. Francis Inn
Students at the St. Francis Inn

Matthew Works
"Homeless Man as a Work of Art"
by Matthew Works
Vigil for Haiti
Vigil for Haiti, February 2010

Alvernia students at the SOA Protest

Romero Center
Students at the Romero Center, April 2010

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