In 2005, Fr. Andrew O'Connor developed Social Fabric and created Goods of Conscience after a retreat in rural Guatemala. The original goal was to preserve the tradition of back-strap weaving which has in many ways become a lost art. Along with preserving this art form, Fr. Andrew sought to provide the weavers a living wage and an opportunity to work with rare heritage cotton. This initial idea grew into what Goods of Conscience has become today; an apparel line that employs Mayan Indian weavers in Guatemala and underemployed sewers in the Bronx to produce clothing that looks good, feels good and does good.
Fr. Andrew is the fifth of nine children from New Haven, Connecticut. In 2000, he founded a non-profit organization, Sacredartheals, to create an opportunity for the prophetic role of arts in the Church. Fr. Andrew delivered the Baccalaureate Sermon at Elon University in Elon, NC. May 20, 2011.
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