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A PROGRESS REP

A PROGRESS REPORT August 2010


We who work for justice and peace are called to espouse the ideal of becoming “contemplatives in action.” —P. Francis Murphy


Dear Friends of the Murphy Initiative,

Reflection and celebration are indispensible parts of life. Anything that causes one to take time to reflect and celebrate is truly a gift. The tenth anniversary of the death of Bishop P. Francis Murphy was just such an opportunity. It seems appropriate now offer our supporters the fruit of our reflecting upon the accomplishments of the Murphy Initiative since its birth eight years ago.

We dedicate this report to all the generous and faithful friends of the P. Francis Murphy Justice and Peace Initiative who have accompanied us thus far on the journey.

We are enormously grateful for the resources that have given us the opportunity to do that. As Members, Benefactors and Friends of the Initiative you are present on every page of our story. Bishop Frank Murphy’s death in 1999 left a void, not only in people’s hearts, but in the leadership work of justice and peace in the Church at Baltimore. Moved by the Spirit, as were the disciples after the death of Jesus, a new “twelve” gathered, and soon figured out how to move forward; hence the birth of the Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace in 2002. However, birth is one thing, growing and becoming a viable entity is quite another. In these pages we share with you our history and our growth into “becoming a common voice for justice and peace,” as well as an accounting of our stewardship. We dedicate this report to all the generous and faithful friends of the P. Francis Murphy Justice and Peace Initiative who have accompanied us thus far on the journey. Pace e bene, Sister Diane Bardol, GNSH


Member Congregations Sponsors Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart Sisters of Mercy Sisters of Bon Secours Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia Marianists, Province of the United States Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Affiliates Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore School Sisters of Notre Dame Xaverian Brothers Maryland Province Jesuits Carmelite Sisters of Baltimore Associates Sisters of St. Joseph of Philadelphia Comboni Missionary Sisters Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart (Our thanks to all those who have helped with the Murphy Initiative since its inception.)


Mission Statement The Murphy Initiative is envisioned as a common voice for its members. Fourteen communities of religious, who make up its present membership, work collaboratively for social justice and to support and supplement the ongoing justice and peace work within each of the communities. To this end, the Murphy Initiative has four goals which proceed from a truly contemplative stance toward all of life: 1. Peacemaking both locally and globally 2. Justice in the Church 3. Intercultural relations 4. Education for peace and justice


A Prayerful Foundation The Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace is first and foremost a movement of solidarity rooted in contemplation. It takes its form and direction from the four goals: 1.Peacemaking 2.Justice within the Church 3.Intercultural relations 4.Peace education Our commitment to and our action on behalf of justice and peace proceed from the conviction that this is a Gospel call that cannot be ignored. Believing in the Communion of Saints, we celebrate the beginning of each year with the

Memorial Mass for Bishop Frank Murphy lest we forget that his life’s stance and vision are what gave birth to the Initiative that carries his name. Every meeting, conference, or other gathering begins with prayer, ritually contextualizing


the issue in order to facilitate theological reflection. Circles of Contemplation, co-sponsored with the Benedictine Sisters, and retreats at Jonah House are annual events that offer the gift of prayer, time and space to anyone who may yearn for this experience. No one is excluded from Murphy Initiative gatherings. Indeed, participants from all faith traditions are invited and welcomed. This inclusiv-

Action for peace and justice proceeds from the deep spirituality of prayer and a committed way of life. Every Murphy Initiative gathering includes prayer. ity sets the tone for our community to improve intercultural relations. And yet, no one is excluded from Murphy Initiative gatherings. Indeed, participants from all faith traditions are welcomed and invited. This inclusivity sets the tone for our community to improve intercultural relations.


Lessons learned, actions taken

From a foundation of prayer, the members of the Murphy Initiative have moved to education and action, offering conferences and talks every year. Two recent conferences on racism helped participants understand not only how discrimination hurts its victims but how those with “privilege” do not see the hurt. Presenters spoke eloquently and honestly, giving the pain of racism a human face. People who participated said they left with their eyes newly opened. One outcome of the Murphy Initiative’s educational outreach is the production of a DVD and User Guide, “Becoming a Common Voice for Justice and Peace,” designed to help audiences from youth through adult better understand Catholic Social Teaching. Lessons at a conference aren’t enough, however. Every year, Murphy Initiative members take part in events

to foster better intercultural relations, including the Memorial Mass for Dr. Martin Luther King, St. Francis Academy’s annual Peace Walk, and collaboration with the Outreach Service Center and Hispanic Center of Loyola University Maryland. We also have taken the message of peace to the streets and to the halls of Congress. Our members have witnessed publicly for peace and justice at the monthly Peace Stand at the Pentagon with Jonah House and the D.C. Catholic Worker; we stood in solidarity supporting immigration reform; in


Through our work for justice, we seek to bring the world one step closer to peace.

Annapolis we testified against the death penalty; we joined interfaith peace rallies and Women in Black events, including the annual Peace Path as it stretches up Charles Street from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor each September 11th. We have witnessed for justice in the Catholic Church as well. Representatives have met with the bishops of Baltimore, including Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, to establish positive relations and promote the values of inclusivity, acceptance and full and mutual participation of all members in the life of the Church. In 2010, a concert by the Handel Choir gave the Murphy Initiative a spirit-filled finale to our year-long celebration of the tenth anniversary of the death of Bishop Frank Murphy. The concert was so well received that we are

looking forward to the second annual Handel Choir Concert. Mark your calendars now—the concert will be held January 30th, 2011, at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Since the Murphy Initiative’s inception, members have sought with every step to meet the goals of peacemaking, justice in the church, improved intercultural relations, and education for peace and justice. So much more needs to be done. But with every prayer, every lesson, every action, we seek to bring the world one step closer to peace through working for justice. With this report, we celebrate our coming together for justice and peace. We celebrate with gratitude our friends, supporters, and benefactors. We celebrate the gift from God to act as God’s peacemakers.


INCOME Fiscal Year 2009-2010

EXPENSES Fiscal Year 2009-2010


Financial Report 2009-2010

Income SPONSORSHIPS AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIPS ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIPS DONATIONS PROGRAMS FEES DESIGNATED - HANDEL CHOIR DESIGNATED DONATION PROGRAMS FEES - Other Total IN KIND REVENUES Total Income

Expenses ADMINISTRATION DIRECTORS SALARY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES BANK SERVICE FEES COMPUTER CONSULTANT FEES PRINTING AND COPIER EXPENSE POSTAGE & SHIPPING Total VOLUNTEERS FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PRINTING & COPIER EXPENSE POSTAGE & SHIPPING BUSINESS ENTERTAINMENT & GIFTS OTHER Total PROGRAMS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PRINTING & COPIER EXPENSE POSTAGE AND SHIPPING EXPENSE OFFICE & COMPUTER SUPPLIES RENT & RENTAL FEES PROGRAM TRVL/MEALS/GASOLINE RESOURCES PROGRAM FEES SPECIAL PROJECTS Total Total Expense

Net Ordinary Income Net Income

25,500.00 12,750.00 2,250.00 11,740.00 15,170.00 100.00 1,625.00 16,895.00 5,550.00 74,685.00

23,791.63 8,750.00 6.00 1,610.64 786.53 664.59 37,443.76 25.00 2,550.00 640.00 172.75 788.67 300.00 4,451.42 7,260.00 1,294.82 220.00 79.30 40.88 543.03 1,412.01 558.02 21.99 11,430.05 53,350.23 21,334.77 21,334.77


“Social justice means to enter into the fray, the daily struggle to create ‘communities of sufficiency’ everywhere in society,

among all peoples and nations and for all created life. Our work for social justice for structural change has everything to do with calling society and our own Church to its fullest self.” —Bishop P. Francis Murphy October 1995

For more information on the Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace go to www.pfmjpi.org

Please print this report only if necessary. If you are reading a paper copy, please recycle when you are finished reading it. Stewardship of the earth is a justice issue, too.


Murphy Initiative progress report