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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan to Bring Social Justice Advocate Sister McDonnell as Guest for Papal Visit

Sep 17, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C - U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) announced that social justice advocate, Sister Maureen McDonnell, will be his guest to attend Pope Francis’s address to Congress on September 24th. Sister McDonnell is a member of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation and a retired member of the clergy ministry staff at Edgewood College.

“I’m honored that Sister McDonnell will be able to be my guest for the Papal address,” said Rep. Mark Pocan. “In many ways, Sister McDonnell epitomizes what Pope Francis has talked about, which is really connecting the values of the church with social justice values. I admire the work she has done as a social justice advocate in Wisconsin and I’m happy that she will have this opportunity to hear the Pope speak.”

“I'm grateful to Congressman Pocan for the invitation to be present with our legislators as Pope Francis delivers an historic message to both our leaders and all U.S. citizens,” said Sister Maureen McDonnell. “He himself is a leader who does his best to live the message he preaches -- of compassion and care for the common good of humanity and Earth; he challenges us to a just sharing of resources and to hard decisions on behalf of peace based on justice. This Pope has a startling presence, breaking all "molds" by his simplicity, directness, courage, and ability to touch hearts and minds with his words and presence. I will be honored by this "once in a lifetime" opportunity to be in his presence and experience his holiness.”

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