Be sure to catch the Darst Center’s own Keith Donovan and Jennifer Jackson-Outlaw on WVON 1690-AM’s Real Talk, Real People with Chat Daddy this Tuesday, January 23 from 6 to 9 pm. Join us for what will be a lively discussion with host Art “Chat Daddy” Sims as we share our mission, our dedication to the city of Chicago, and why we are passionate about helping others to #seeitdifferently.
I recall first meeting Brother Denis when he would come to the Sunday Mass at Loyola University in Chicago when I was a graduate student during the summers of 1987-1990. He struck me as a reflective person with a keen insight into social concerns.
Later, when he began the Su Casa Community in Chicago, I would bring groups of students from Roncalli High School in Manitowoc, WI for “Chicago Plunge” experiences. We stayed in the simple dwelling at 51st and Laflin where the Catholic Worker house was emerging. I was always
“Frank Thomas…as in The Big Hurt, right”
That was the incredulous response I got recently from one of the Darst Center’s board members when I had shared my recent good fortune of getting to interview Chicago White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “How exactly did that happen?”
The short answer was that I wasn’t quite sure. But for whatever reason, my past life as a freelance writer afforded me the ability to spend 10 minutes with one of baseball’s greatest players this past November.
You see, prior to coming to work at the
“It’s a Darst Day!”
exclaims Group 8 as they enter the Darst Center for another day of service. Eddie, one of the high school volunteers, whose group initially coined the phrase “It’s a Darst Day”, explained the term as a matter of attitude and energy. But it’s what’s behind the phrase that really speaks to these volunteers’ experience. A Darst Day of service is more than just cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming staircases, churning compost- it’s about finding the joy in being with others, in accomplishing things with our hands, channeling productivity into
Position Title: Program Director
The Program Director, as a member of the administrative team, is responsible for the development and implementation of the Darst Center educational programs. The retreat program, the primary method of education, focuses on instruction for high school and college students, utilizing a service-learning approach to discuss issues of social justice (homelessness, food insecurity, education, criminal justice, immigration) and analyze their root causes (racism, living wage, gentrification, inequitable distribution of resources, etc.). The Program Director initiates/manages the Center’s relationships with partner agencies who serve as co-educators while
Welcome back to RE-THINK, a blog where our staff members will be sharing their thoughts and experiences working at the Br. David Darst Center. Today’s post is from our Program Director Suzanne Goebel. In her post, she shares her passion for reading as well as three books that have fundamentally shaped her view of social justice. *
Since I was young, I’ve always loved reading. I have fond memories of stories and books I’ve read that helped shape the person I am and how I see the world around me.
Join us Saturday, September 23 at the Br. David Darst Center for a masquerade-themed Murder Mystery Dinner. Enjoy a four-course plated meal and an elegant wine reception while having the time of your lives at a performance to “die for” from the The Murder Mystery Company.
Come dressed to impress in your ballroom best (evening wear, ball gowns, Venetian masks, tailcoats, and top hats) as we try to solve the mystery afoot at the annual Billionaires Club Masquerade Ball.
Tickets are $50.00 per guest and include a