All for one…
Although Bellarmine Chapel sits on the Xavier University campus, it’s never primarily been a college worship space.
The Jesuit parish, founded in 1927, has served its surrounding neighborhoods as well as the XU community from the start. Today it’s an “intentional faith community,” drawing parishioners from a much wider radius. Social activism is a strong part of the attraction, and indeed the parish has dedicated its share of One Faith, One Hope, One Love to developing a “Social Transformation Fund.”
Examples of current initiatives at Bellarmine:
• The Dismantling Racism Team, committed to addressing racial issues and creating awareness of white privilege. Activities have included participation in the successful 2016 campaign for a tax increase on behalf of Cincinnati Public Schools as well as continuing support for the Amos Project interfaith coalition.
• The Healthy Earth Team: In response to Pope Francis’s encyclical letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, the team’s two mission categories are Climate Change and Food Justice. Among other projects the team has led the parish’s adoption of the TerraCycle recycling program, organized “Meatless Meetup” gatherings, helped create a community garden, and participated in the National Drive Electric Week.
• JustFaith Ministries programs for advocacy preparation with focuses on immigration and mass incarceration issues.
• An annual Alternative Gift Fair offering fair trade crafts and items from local nonprofits.
• The Bellarmine Conference of St. Vincent de Paul.
Bellarmine members might not all be Xavier Musketeers, but it has the musketeer spirit of “All for One and One for all.” Like One Faith, One Hope, One Love.
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