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A Church on the Streets

Monday, September 8, 2014

6:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT


Bergoglio-washing-feetIn Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis told us that he preferred “a Church which is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.” This discussion will examine what it means to be a Church on the streets and will feature panelists who are all involved with different forms of evangelization work.

20140908_ChurchonStreets_Brown_HeadshotLouis Brown

Board Member, St. Paul Street Evangelization

Raised Catholic, Louis obtained his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his juris doctorate from Howard University School of Law.  He practiced law before joining the DNC, later resigning in protest over the prospect of federal funding of abortion through the healthcare bill.  By God’s grace, in 2010, Louis became associate director, social concerns at the Maryland Catholic Conference.  He later worked as legislative counsel to then U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) and his staffer to the House Judiciary Committee.  After the Congressman’s 2012 election loss, Louis returned to private practice.  He serves on the Board of St. Paul Street Evangelization (SPSE) a Catholic lay apostolate that evangelizes on the streets of 130 cities globally.  The Holy Spirit has changed thousands of lives through SPSE.  Louis also volunteers on the prayer ministry team at Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, MI.  He is totally dependent on God.


Elise Italiano

Former Theology and Bioethics Teacher
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
Elise Italiano taught for six years at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, DC and is a volunteer with Catholic Voices USA.  Her writing has appeared in National Review Online, The National Catholic Register, Catholic News Agency, Acculturated.com, and Verily Magazine.  She is a contributor to Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, ed. Helen Alvare.


Nathan Stanley

Regional Director, FOCUS

Nathan Stanley is the Regional Director of the Atlantic Region with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students).  Nathan is in his 11th year of serving with FOCUS and has served on various campuses throughout the United States during this time: including campuses in New Mexico, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.  He has served for the past 5 years on the East Coast as the Regional Director.  Nathan has a Masters in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver.  He serves on the Alliance of Campus Ministry committee at the USCCB, where he represents FOCUS among a group of US campus ministries. Nathan and his wife, Lauren, reside outside of Philadelphia in Drexel Hill, PA.

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