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Faith Doing Justice Summit

Today our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ - for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.

-Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, twenty-eighth Superior General of the Society of Jesus

The Faith Doing Justice Summit, a collaborative effort of the Office of Mission and Identity, Campus Ministry, Christian Service and the Diversity, Global Education, and Social Justice Committees, aims to help form our community as people committed to a faith that does justice. The summit encourages our community to assess critically issues of justice through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching and Ignatian spirituality. Through unified efforts of all our Ignatian Ministries, the Summit will bring a specific justice issue to the consciousness of our community in order to foster dialogue and appropriate action. 

Theme of 2018-19 Summit

Criminal Justice: Reconciliation and Redemption

I offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.
- Pope Francis, to U.S. Congress

The theme selected for our inaugural Summit is “Criminal Justice: Reconciliation and Redemption.” During the Summit week and throughout the school year, we will, as a community, look at various justice issues connected to the criminal justice system from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching and our Ignatian worldview and values. Among the topics covered will be reform in the criminal justice system, the death penalty, restorative justice, equity, racism and migrant incarceration.

Tuesday, November 6
Faith Doing Justice Assembly with Guest Speaker Sr. Helen Prejean, author of the best-selling book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty.

Leonard Theatre
10 am to 11 am

Wednesday, November 7
Showing of the documentary 13th followed by dialogue on race and equity in the criminal justice system.
2 Minute Preview of 13th 
Room 232-233
3 pm to 5 pm

Monday- Friday, November 5- 9
Classroom lessons and activities by various teachers.  See a list of classses and topics here

Additional events will be added throughout the year. 


Sr. Helen Prejean on misconceptions about death row

Sr. Helen Prejean interview on MSNBC 

Vatican News: “Pope Francis: ‘death penalty inadmissable’”

Bryan Stevenson TED Talk: “We Need to Talk About an Injustice” - Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system.

Pope Francis’ Address to the International Association of Criminal Law 

Catholic Social Teaching

Ignatian Solidarity Network 

The Migrant Caravan through the eyes of Catholic Social Teaching
, America


Justice for All? Challenging Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System- American Bar Association

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