February 29, 2016

St. Kate's professor honored for leadership in Catholic social teaching

Amata Miller, IHM, director of the Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity (center, holding artwork) was honored during Breaking the Impasse. Photo courtesy of the Justice Commission

Amata Miller, IHM was honored for her leadership by the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet during last week's Breaking the Impasse event. She is an economics professor and director of the Myser Initiative for Catholic Identity at St. Kate's.

Through the Myser Initiative for Catholic Identity, Sister Amata has brought numerous Catholic theologians to campus for public lectures, including, most recently, Elizabeth Johnson, Joan Chittister, and Carolyn Woo. As part of the Myser Initiative, she also hosts weeklong development workshops each summer to help faculty and staff integrate Catholic social teaching into their work, and for the past six years has co-hosted Breaking the Impasse with the CSJ Justice Commission.

"You infect us with your passion for justice and show us how valuable and subversive an economics professor can be in work for the common," said Joan Mitchell, CSJ, who presented Sister Amata with framed artwork at the event. "This art by Sister Ansgar Holmberg shows Earth with its water, flowers, trees, and grains as our table, encircled by the people of the world whom justice demands all they must eat."

By Sharon Rolenc