Committed to Doing Justice
Jesuits view the service of faith as a commitment that is intertwined with the promotion of justice. The Society of Jesus in Canada and the United States is living out this mission in many ways through social ministries that are rooted in Ignatian spirituality, which seeks to find God in all things.
The 2014 Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice gathered over 1,600 members of the Ignatian family in Washington, D.C., for a weekend of prayer, education, networking and advocacy, including 267 students and parishioners from 16 institutions in the USA Northeast Province.
In advance of Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology and climate change, the province created resources that encouraged Jesuit institutions and communities to pray, dialogue and take action for ecological justice. Several schools throughout the USA Northeast Province have committed to lectures, events and group discussions this year to explore and engage the encyclical’s themes.
Across the USA Northeast Province, parishioners and students called on their elected officials to respond to the arrival of unaccompanied children and families fleeing violence in Central America with compassion and generosity. Jesuit institutions examined the factors at the root of the migration crisis and sent 1,975 postcards calling for the U.S. to adopt more humane policies toward the people of that region.