May 16, 2023

Archbishop’s Commission on Racial Healing to Premier New Video

The new video is intended to launch an Archdiocesan-wide discussion on Racial Healing

The Archbishop’s Commission on Racial Healing and the Office for Catholic Education will premiere a new film that emphasizes the mortal sin of racism, the importance of racial harmony, and respect for every person. Approximately 40 students from Archdiocesan high schools located in the city and suburban counties will be present.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
9:15 a.m.
Saint Hubert Catholic High School for Girls
7320 Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19136

The film, which highlights the mission and objectives of the Commission on Racial Healing, will be shown at a special prayer service led by Reverend Stephen D. Thorne, Chair of the Commission. Three other commission members, Mr. Gerry Davis, Ms. Marcelle McGuirk, and Ms. Ursala Yau, will offer personal reflections during the service and a special video message from Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be shown.

Everyone present will take part in small group discussions on anti-bias work using a discussion guide created by the commission. The video and discussion guides will be used throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Background on the Archbishop’s Commission on Racial Healing

Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez launched the Archbishop’s Commission on Racial Healing in 2021. The Commission is composed of 18 people and represents the diversity of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by race, age, gender, and language. The Commission is mostly lay faithful from city and suburban parishes. To read Catholic Philly’s coverage of the Commission for Racial Healing, please click here. For more information about the Archbishop’s Commission on Racial Healing, please contact Reverend Stephen D. Thorne by email at [email protected] or by telephone at (215) 815-9337

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Contact: Alaina N. Longo
Deputy Communications Officer
215-587-3747 (office)