23 Oct 2017

CHS Seniors Attend Symposium For Systemic Change

On Friday, October 20, five CHS seniors attended the Symposium for Systemic Change hosted by Catholic Charities and the St. Vincent de Paul Society at the Catholic Life Center. The all-day event focused on criminal justice reform, especially as it relates to fairness in sentencing and re-entry initiatives for those who have been released from incarceration. Bishop Muench opened with powerful remarks based on the Last Judgment passage in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, when Jesus assures us that when we reach out to prisoners, we are encountering and serving Jesus himself. Other presenters included Rob Tasman, the advocate for the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops to the Louisiana Legislature and a former CHS religion teacher, Michael Acaldo ’85, president and CEO of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Baton Rouge and Dr. Nicholas Mitchell ’01, Research Fellow with the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University in New Orleans.

The CHS students who attended were Drake Brignac, Paul Cassisa, Joseph Noguera-Zuniga, Ashton Richard and Grant Telhiard. These young men had the opportunity to process the information from the presenters with students from Dillard University in New Orleans. Joining them in the group photo are Dr. Nicholas Mitchell ’01 and Patrick Kemmerly ’08, who works for Catholic Charities in New Orleans.