Hello, Darst Center and friends, my name is Casey Kaldahl and I am your media intern for the summer! As well as helping the development team with social media, I’ll be taking part on retreats as a facilitator this summer. In my junior year of high school, I was a participant on a Darst Center retreat and five years later I’ve found my way back. I am beyond excited to see what the summer holds!
Last May I graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH with BA’s in Social Justice Studies and
The actions of the Catonsville 9 are a reminder to me of the importance of resistance. Though the act took place 49 years ago, the message is still as relevant as ever: we have to stand firm in what we believe is right and just. At a time when we are constantly bombarded with mixed messages of what to believe, it’s important that we uncover the rest of the story and that we boldly stand up when we see injustice in our world.
— Megan McGuire
What do these things mean, that Americans shoot other Americans in the streets, that our country is the greatest exporter of violence in the world? I am not a pessimist, but I feel American priorities must be re-ordered. Something completely different, something very new is going to have to happen in our country. (What can we say of a nation that lets millions of its children go hungry and suffer from malnutrition while it spends billions developing planes that will fly the ocean in three hours instead of six, racing
The actions of the Catonsville Nine demonstrate that, while government and religion are and should be separate, our faith must inform our political voice. Men and women of the church took a stand that said the war in Viet Nam was wrong, the forced draft of young men to fight in that war was wrong, and the killing of innocents because of that war was wrong.
Demonstrations of faith are not limited to an hour inside a church on Sunday morning. Our actions in the world demonstrate our faith and understanding
On May 17th, 1968, nine Catholic peace activists entered a draft board office in suburban Baltimore, stole hundreds of Selective Service records, and burned the documents in a fire fueled by homemade napalm. The bold actions of the group, dubbed the ”Catonsville Nine” in the press, quickly captured headlines for taking a principled stand against the Vietnam War. Among them was a De La Salle Christian Brother, David Darst, featured in the photograph to the left, in whose memory we are named.
To honor their legacy, the Br. David Darst Center will
“Education leads to action. If you advocate just one action, you’re an organizer. We teach leadership here. Then people go out and do what they want.”
Born in Savannah, Tennessee on July 5, 1905, Myles Horton believed that if everyday people could come together to discuss problems and share their experiences they could solve their problems. He strongly believed in peer education, in people becoming their own experts, doing their own research, testing their ideas by taking action, analyzing their actions, and learning from their experiences