Mark Piper, a Packers fan in an unholy land, works in the nonprofit sector. He resides in Chicago with his family and holds a master's in leadership and policy studies from DePaul University and a bachelor's from St. Xavier University; he is an alumus of Amate House, a year of service organization sponsored by the Chicago Archdiocese.

He writes for NCR's Young Voices blog.

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How to be anti-racist at work: suggestions for white Catholics

Young Voices: White people must educate other white people about racism, privilege and value-judgements entrenched in the systemic injustices that pervade professional life. I think it is imperative to speak on this now.


Catholic social (doctrine) distancing: St. Xavier busts its faculty union

Young Voices: Amid a pandemic, I don't envy the responsibilities of a president or board (or staff or faculty) at any college. But a crisis is not an occasion to abscond from Catholicity or responsibilities.


An update from your 'national parks of the soul': retreat centers during pandemic

Young Voices: Every colleague of mine has been burdened and vexed. We're figuring out how to pivot, how to live our mission as places of welcome, acceptance and healing, under a new and existential duress.


Don't rest on the rests

Young Voices: I believe individuals can change like bread baking or music modulating. We can change utterly and completely if we attune ourselves to the pulses of space and time.