Invitation to an MLK Event from St. Mary Student Parish, Ann Arbor

Sunday, January 23, 2022 - 6:30 PM


Detroit-based speaker and activist John Thorne will speak in Ann Arbor on the need for parishes to be more inclusive and welcoming. Mr. Thorne, Executive Director of the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance, will speak on:

 “All Are Welcome…But Are they?” Making the Church a place of Welcome in the Midst of an Unwelcoming World.

The free event, hosted in honor of Martin Luther King Day, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 23rd at St. Mary Student Parish, 331 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor.

Mr. Thorne is the former Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He is speaking to help area parishes frame racism both in a historical context, as well as a current context in relation to recent events in our country. He will also provide steps that will help make the Church a place of welcome for all.

A native of Detroit, he also teaches theology at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. He has been active in the Archdiocese for many years. Through his work, both in parishes, and in community development, he has tried to call others into the work of racial equity.

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