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‘Nuns on the Bus’ Are Coming to West Hartford

The nuns will present “Caucus to Mend the Gaps” at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford on July 24.



The Nuns on the Bus are coming to town! Led by Sister Simone Campbell as part of a 13-state tour that includes stops at both the Republican and Democratic Conventions, the nuns will bring their message of inclusion to West Hartford when they hold a “Caucus to Mend the Gaps” at Holy Family Retreat Center on Sunday, July 24.

The Nuns will be calling on elected officials and candidates to “Mend the Gaps” in income and wealth inequality in our nation. They will share stories of the gaps people are experiencing in our society and propose strategies to bridge those divides.

“Having been on the Nuns on the Bus 2013 trip for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, I am delighted that Holy Family will be hosting the Nuns on the Bus,” said Sister Elaine Betoncourt, C.S.J., a member of the retreat team at Holy Family. “What a wonderful opportunity to welcome the public to put faith into action during Holy Family’s 65th anniversary year.”

Holy Family Retreat Center is located at 303 Tunxis Rd. in West Hartford. The event will take place from 4-6 p.m. in the main dining room (entrance no. 3).  Refreshments will be served.  At the end of the rally, participants will be invited to sign their names on the bus.

The first Nuns on the Bus tour took place in the summer of 2012 in response to Vatican criticism that American nuns spent too much time on social justice issues and not enough time on church teachings related to abortion and sexual morality. That tour featured the nuns’ efforts on behalf of the poor, and subsequent tours have highlighted immigration reform and the impact of money on politics.

The nuns are sponsored by Network, a Washington D.C.-based Catholic social justice lobby founded by a group of Catholic Sisters in 1972.

For more information, visit www.nunsonthebus.org or email [email protected].

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