Sr. Campbell's DNC speech mentions Padua Center

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Friday 07, September 2012 | Category:   Consecrated Life
During her speech to the Democratic National Convention last Wednesday, Sr. Simone Campbell, S.S.S., executive director of the NETWORK National Catholic Social Justice Lobby and a member of the Sisters of Social Service, talked about "a few truths" she learned during the recent "Nuns on the Bus" social justice tour. One was that "I am my sister's keeper. I am my brother's keeper," and to illustrate the reality she talked about the Padua Center in Toledo, Ohio—VISION magazine mentioned the center's Padua Possibilities program in the "Religious Sightings" section of the 2012 issue!

"While we were in Toledo," Sr. Campbell said, "I met 10-year-old twins Matt and Mark, who had gotten into trouble at school for fighting. Sister Virginia and the staff at the Padua Center took them in when they were suspended and discovered on a home visit that these 10-year-olds were trying to care for their bedridden mother who has MS and diabetes.

"They were her only caregivers. The sisters got her medical help and are giving the boys some stability. Now the boys are free to claim much of the childhood they were losing. Clearly, we all share responsibility for the Matts and Marks in our nation."

Here's Sr. Campbell's full address:

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