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.
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
Father Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, issued a public apology today to nearly 100 descendants of slaves gathered at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “The Society of Jesus prays with you today because we have greatly sinned, and because we are profoundly sorry.”
Father Greg Boyle, SJ, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 172nd University commencement ceremony on May 21.
Father Ron Funke, SJ, entered into God’s peace March 21 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 83. Teacher, hospital chaplain, parish priest, and sacramental minister, Fr. Funke’s upbeat approach and deep commitment to service made him a treasured presence in many lives.
Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix hosted a fundraising dinner for the Kino Border Initiative, a nonprofit in Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, dedicated to providing food, clothing, and shelter to migrants. More than $150,000 was raised at the March 25 event.
Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission in Los Angeles recently released the following letter from Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Sanchez, announcing the establishment of The Boyle Heights and Eastside Immigrants Rights Network.
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