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
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