Fr. Michael Doyle: Priest, Poet, Activist to speak at Georgian Court

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Lakewood, N.J., April 24, 2015—Georgian Court University’s Department of Religious Studies and Theology will host the Rev. Michael Doyle, the nationally known poet, social justice proponent and legendary priest determined to change the trajectory of poor families in struggling Camden, N.J. Fr. Michael is the guest speaker for GCU’s  Theta Alpha Kappa induction ceremony Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel.

From State of the Arts, October 2012

Holding on to hope

Hope, according to Fr. Michael, is the best four-letter word in the English language. The Ireland native—also one of the famed Camden 28 (read about their Vietnam War-era act of civil disobedience that resulted in an FBI sting and legal prosecution)—has shared his vision of hope, truth, goodness and beauty for more than 40 years in his work as pastor of Sacred Heart Church and School.

“He doesn’t just preach it. He lives it,” says Joseph Gower, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the GCU Department of Religious Studies and Theology. “He is authentic—a witness to the gospel.”


From PBS’ Religion Ethics & News Weekly

FATHER DOYLE: Even when Jesus was here, he cured 10 lepers, and nobody asked him how many lepers are in the quarries? So I always go by that principle. My bit in God’s hands is enough. I do that little bit, that’s all I can do. So I don’t take all of Camden into my head, or my heart. I just take a bit of it. — As told to Lucky Severson, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly


 

‘A genuine, authentic person’

DoyleMichaelFr. Michael, who has been the subject of countless interviews and the 2008 documentary Poet of the Poor narrated by iconic actor/director Martin Sheen, is the epitome of involved. The parish runs a food pantry and prepares weekly dinners for the poor. Its volunteers have created award-winning programs for affordable housing. And in 2012, Fr. Michael helped raise $900,000 for Sacred Heart School.

“He’s a champion on the poor and he embodies Catholic social justice teachings,” said Dr. Gower. “He’s a tremendous pastor. In the poorest city in America Fr. Michael is vibrant and passionate in building a community of faith.”

Fr. Michael will discuss “Liturgy and Social Justice,” a topic especially timely and fitting for honors students in religion and theology. About five graduate students will be recognized during the event, which is open to the public. For more information, call 732.987.2316 or contact Dr. Joseph Gower.

 

RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS


From the documentary Poet of Poverty, based on the monthly letters of Msgr. Michael Doyle as read by actor/director Martin Sheen. Read more about the documentary.

“Camden Priest,” Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, January 2014

“A Conversation with Father Michael Doyle,” National Catholic Reporter, December 2009

“Camden priest: ‘Beauty will save us'” via Rock Center with NBC’s Brian Williams

 “Bit by bit, priest works to mend Camden’s tattered heart,” by Bob Braun/Star Ledger, August 2011

Camden’s Poet Priest, New Jersey Monthly, June 2012 

 

Lakewood, N.J., April 24, 2015—Georgian Court University’s Department of Religious Studies and Theology will host the Rev. Michael Doyle, the nationally known poet, social justice proponent and legendary priest determined to change the trajectory of poor families in struggling Camden, N.J. Fr. Michael is the guest speaker for GCU’s  Theta Alpha Kappa induction ceremony Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Marron University Community Chapel.

From State of the Arts, October 2012

Holding on to hope

Hope, according to Fr. Michael, is the best four-letter word in the English language. The Ireland native—also one of the famed Camden 28 (read about their Vietnam War-era act of civil disobedience that resulted in an FBI sting and legal prosecution)—has shared his vision of hope, truth, goodness and beauty for more than 40 years in his work as pastor of Sacred Heart Church and School.

“He doesn’t just preach it. He lives it,” says Joseph Gower, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the GCU Department of Religious Studies and Theology. “He is authentic—a witness to the gospel.”


From PBS’ Religion Ethics & News Weekly

FATHER DOYLE: Even when Jesus was here, he cured 10 lepers, and nobody asked him how many lepers are in the quarries? So I always go by that principle. My bit in God’s hands is enough. I do that little bit, that’s all I can do. So I don’t take all of Camden into my head, or my heart. I just take a bit of it. — As told to Lucky Severson, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly


 

‘A genuine, authentic person’

DoyleMichaelFr. Michael, who has been the subject of countless interviews and the 2008 documentary Poet of the Poor narrated by iconic actor/director Martin Sheen, is the epitome of involved. The parish runs a food pantry and prepares weekly dinners for the poor. Its volunteers have created award-winning programs for affordable housing. And in 2012, Fr. Michael helped raise $900,000 for Sacred Heart School.

“He’s a champion on the poor and he embodies Catholic social justice teachings,” said Dr. Gower. “He’s a tremendous pastor. In the poorest city in America Fr. Michael is vibrant and passionate in building a community of faith.”

Fr. Michael will discuss “Liturgy and Social Justice,” a topic especially timely and fitting for honors students in religion and theology. About five graduate students will be recognized during the event, which is open to the public. For more information, call 732.987.2316 or contact Dr. Joseph Gower.

 

RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS


From the documentary Poet of Poverty, based on the monthly letters of Msgr. Michael Doyle as read by actor/director Martin Sheen. Read more about the documentary.

“Camden Priest,” Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, January 2014

“A Conversation with Father Michael Doyle,” National Catholic Reporter, December 2009

“Camden priest: ‘Beauty will save us'” via Rock Center with NBC’s Brian Williams

 “Bit by bit, priest works to mend Camden’s tattered heart,” by Bob Braun/Star Ledger, August 2011

Camden’s Poet Priest, New Jersey Monthly, June 2012 

 

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