News Release


Benedictine Lecture to Feature Sister Simone Campbell - Health Care and the Poor

Published Date8\19\2013
Mount Marty College's Benedictine Institute of Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice is pleased to announce a September 12 visit to its Yankton campus by Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. Sr. Simone will present the lecture "Health Care and the Poor" in Marian Auditorium Thursday, September 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Sr. Simone Campbell has served as the Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. A religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change, she is widely known for her lobby efforts on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Simone has often been featured in the national and international media, including 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has received numerous awards, including the "Defender of Democracy Award" from the International Parliamentarians for Global Action and "Health Care Heroes Award" from Families USA. In addition, she has been a featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

NETWORK's mission to serve as a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace which "educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation" aligns closely with the goal of the Benedictine Institute. Established by the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery in 2009, the institute strives to enhance the Benedictine heritage and mission of Mount Marty College through exploration of issues related to the topics of leadership, ethics and social justice in a variety of learning environments.

Doors to the 602-seat Marian Auditorium will open September 12 at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Andy Henrickson, Director of the Benedictine Institute of Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice on the Yankton campus at 605-668-1495 or ahenrickson@mtmc.edu.

The event is sponsored by the Mount Marty College Benedictine Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Social Justice. For more information on the Benedictine Institute, please visit www.mtmc.edu/benedictineinstitute.