Father Fred Kammer coming to Cabrini

By Ryan McLaughlin
February 13, 2013

A term closely associated with Cabrini College and the work students do is social justice. An upcoming speaker will shed light on how social justice is applied in the Roman Catholic tradition.

That speaker is the Rev. Fred Kammer. “I believe Fr. Kammer will inspire the Cabrini community with a Gospel message that stirs the heart with his extensive personal experiences and spirituality rooted in Scripture,” Francis Klose, lecturer in religious studies, said.

The Rev. Fred Kammer (cabrini.edu)
The Rev. Fred Kammer (cabrini.edu)

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.  Kammer is scheduled to give a presentation entitled “The Future of Solidarity: Changes and Challenges Facing Catholic Social Thought” in the Mansion as the College celebrates Founder’s Day to commemorate the birthday of Sister Ursula Infante. The presentation is also part of the Faith Speaker Series presented by the Wolfington Center.

Kammer is also scheduled to celebrate Mass at 8:30 a.m. in the Bruckmann Memorial Chapel of St. Joseph, as well as eat lunch with students in the Wolfington Center and host an informal dialogue about Catholic social teaching with staff and faculty.

Kammer also had a connection with the college prior to his Founder’s Day visit. His book, “Doing Faithjustice,” is read by students in religion courses, particularly in Dr. Nicholas Rademacher’s Catholic Social Thought and Practice course. “Doing Faithjustice” discusses the history of social justice in the history of Catholicism while providing insight into Kammer’s life in the rapidly-changing American South.

Kammer is a role model in speaking out against social injustice that fills our world so tragically. There are many ways to interpret injustice and justice.

“Kammer speaks in a strong, clear voice about what needs to be done to assist the plight of those who suffer all forms of injustice in this world,” Dr. Leonard Norman Primiano, chair and professor of religious studies, said.

Not only does Kammer speak from scripture about justice and how it resonates from readings but also from his life experiences. This will give a very vivid understanding about how Cabrini students can help others.

“Taking Ignatius’ imaginative approach to scripture, Fr. Kammer looks to our history as believers to find concrete solutions for justice in today’s world,” Klose said. Klose refers to St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Catholic Jesuit order of which Kammer is a member.

Students will be made more aware of ways to practice justice through his teachings. Kammer speaks about social justice from the actions of Jesus as well as his words.

Cabrini College has a lot to look forward to and a lot to take away from this upcoming presentation.


Kammer’s Founder’s Day Schedule

• Father Kammer is scheduled to celebrate Mass at 8:30 a.m. in the Bruckmann Memorial Chapel of St. Joseph.

• From there, a welcome reception will follow in the Mansion.

• At 12:30 p.m., students will have the opportunity to eat lunch with Kammer and discuss the principles of Catholic social teaching.

• At 3:15 in Grace Hall, staff and faculty will have the chance to discuss Catholic social teaching with Kammer.

• 7 p.m. lecture in Mansion.


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