Sister Simone Campbell of “Nuns on the Bus” to Speak at Chestnut Hill College

Advocate for Human Rights and Social Justice to Discuss Promoting Civility and Engaging Differences  

Release Date: Thursday. September 27, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and member of “Nuns on the Bus” will speak at Chestnut Hill College on Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m. in Gruber Theatre, Logue Library. The lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, the women’s studies major, and the history program.  


Sister Simone Campbell, Director of NETWORK, the National Catholic Lobby in Washington D.C., most recently toured nine states as an initiating member of “Nuns on the Bus,” a traveling group of women religious from various cities who came together with one driving purpose – to speak out passionately about the needs of those who are marginalized in our society. During the bus tour, which occurred this summer, Campbell visited Chestnut Hill College along with the other “Nuns on the Bus” and addressed a gathering of more than 600 people.


She returns to the College in late September to speak on “A Passionate Commitment to “Liberty and Justice for All:” Promoting Civility while Engaging Differences.” At the conclusion of Campbell’s address to the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, she invited everyone to join the “Nuns on the Bus” with a renewed commitment to “liberty and justice for all.” She will speak to her understanding of this commitment in her talk, and suggest ways in which we can promote genuine, informed conversation together across political lines, with a civility that does not ignore the need to confront the issues that divide us.


Prior to coming to NETWORK, Sister Simone Campbell served as the executive director of JERICHO, the California interfaith public policy organization similar to NETWORK that protect the interests of people living in poverty. She also participated in a delegation of religious leaders who traveled to Iraq in December 2002 just prior to the war. While at NETWORK, she was also part of a Catholic Relief Services delegation to Lebanon and Syria to study the Iraqi refugee situation.


Before JERICHO, Simone served as the general director of her religious community, the Sisters of Social Service. She has been the leader of her Sisters in the United States, Mexico, Taiwan and the Philippines. In 1978, Simone founded and served for 18 years as the lead attorney for the Community Law Center in Oakland, California.


The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Catherine Nerney, SSJ, Ph.D. at 215.248.7099 or e-mail