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From the Civil Rights Movement to Katrina: Searching for justice and hope

COLCHESTER A priest whose New Orleans parish was hard hit by Katrina and whose connections go back to the Civil Rights Movement will be the featured speaker at the Saint Michaels College annual Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, on Monday, Jan. 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel. The convocation will also include a student dramatization of the Langston Hughes poem Let America be American Again and music by the Saint Michaels Liturgical Choir. The public is welcome to attend this free convocation. Featured speaker Rev. Michael A. Jacques, SSE, priest for New Orleans St. Peter Claver Church, renowned for his oratory, will speak on the topic, From the Civil Rights Movement to Katrina: Searching for Justice and Hope. Father Jacques will speak of the Civil Rights history of the Society of St. Edmund, the order of priests who are founders of Saint Michaels College. The Edmundites have missions in New Orleans and Selma, Ala., where they were present as activists and witnesses during Dr. Kings 1965 Bloody Sunday Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery. Father Jacques will speak also of post-Katrina New Orleans, where his parish was amongst the hardest hit in the city. The Saint Michaels Liturgical Choir, directed by Jerome Monachino, assistant director of Edmundite Campus Ministry, performs in its own eclectic and popular musical style, using a combination of African, Latin American and Irish flavors along with traditional hymn singing. Guided by their mission of inspiring sung prayer, they perform with wonderful enthusiasm and greatly enhance the experience of all who hear them.

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