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Theology on Tap with Patti Radle
July 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
Gather to hear a dynamic presentation and Q&A on relevant Catholic topics and issues in an informal setting.
Topic: Institutional Activism: Striving for Social Justice in Society through an Elected Office
About the Presenter: Patti Radle, born in Philadelphia, PA. first moved to San Antonio in 1965 when she was a student at Our Lady of the Lake University. She transferred to Marquette University for her senior year to major in Theology and returned to San Antonio in 1969. Experiences in Milwaukee led her to commit to a simple life style lived among people who suffer the consequences of poverty. She moved into the Westside of San Antonio, and shortly after marrying her husband Rod, they together became volunteer co-directors of Inner City Development and continue as such to the present day. This agency now has a 50 year history of providing food and clothing to families in crisis and many recreational and educational activities for children.
Patti is a bilingually certified elementary school teacher and has also taught middle school and high school at private schools. She taught at J.T. Brackenridge Elementary in the San Antonio School District for 12 years, first teaching 3rd grade and then establishing a conflict resolution program. She served for several years on the National Advisory for the Children’s Creative Response to Conflict. She is a singer, song writer and poet and has spent much time in community organizing and peace advocacy.
Patti has helped to establish several other non-profits including the San Antonio Chapter of Habitat for Humanity (which is the first Habitat chapter in the US), San Antonio Alternative Housing, San Anto Cultural Arts, and Sidewalk, Inc. She established a cooperative home school at Inner City Development. From 2003 to 2007, she served on the San Antonio City Council representing her community, District 5. It was during her time on Council that Patti worked with many others to help establish Haven for Hope and served as Vice-Chair on the board of directors until the summer of 2016.
Patti was elected to the San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees in May of 2011 and re-elected in 2015 and 2019. She presently serves as President of that Board. Patti serves on the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, US Province. Patti served on steering committee to establish and the founding board of SA2020.