The state of the planet may seem dire, but Fr. Dear still brims with hope, energy and optimism. "There's massive change happening beyond the bad news from the current administration."
Kristen Ostendorf worked at Totino-Grace High School in St. Paul, Minn., for 18 years. She was an English teacher, campus minister and coach, and spent much of her time traveling with students on immersion programs, both in the U.S. and overseas.
"I love teaching and I love bringing students to that social justice world," Ostendorf says. But, like many others this reporter met at the CTA conference, she found that social justice is sometimes lacking in our Catholic institutions.
During Call to Action's 2015 conference, about 30 former and active church workers shared stories of how they and others laboring for the church had been fired, ostracized and maltreated.
The priest, who died Saturday, helped youth through a network of Jesuit schools across Central and Latin America.