Voices from Jesuit Network Unite for Social Justice Lenten Series

Throughout the upcoming Lenten season, more than 30 writers from throughout the national Jesuit network, including Father Greg Boyle, SJ, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, and Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, will explore response to injustice through a daily blog series titled "Rise Up: A Lenten Call to Solidarity."

Hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN), the blog will feature reflections from March 1 (Ash Wednesday) through April 16 (Easter Sunday). Uniting individuals engaged in work for racial equality, criminal justice reform, alleviation of poverty, and environmental justice, "Rise Up: A Lenten Call to Solidarity" will offer reflections through the lens of daily readings and Ignatian spirituality.

"Lent is a time for deep reflection on how we respond to the realities of sin in our own lives and in the world," said Christopher Kerr, executive director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. "We are honored to have a wide range of writers from across the network who will engage daily readers in powerful reflections on the readings and the needs of our brothers and sisters."

The cast of writers for the Lenten series will include Jesuit priests, religious sisters, professors, grassroots activists, university administrators, authors, and social ministry leaders.

Writers include:

  • Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, founder and executive director, Homeboy Industries
  • Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ, executive director, Catholic Charities, Rio Grande Valley
  • Fr. Gregory Chisholm, SJ, pastor, St. Charles Borromeo in Harlem
  • Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director, NETWORK
  • Kristen Trudo, community engagement coordinator, La Salle Middle School
  • Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ, executive director, Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans
  • Giulia McPherson, director of advocacy and operations, Jesuit Refugee Service USA

Individuals can subscribe to receive the daily reflections via e-mail at: Reflections will also be shared via social media on: Facebook -; and Twitter -

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