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Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice returns to D.C.
October 22, 2012

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice returns to D.C.
Merlys Mosquera Chamat, Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Latin America and Caribbean, holds a child while visiting a community which had been displaced by armed groups along the rivers Calima and Choco outside of Buenaventura, Colombia, May 10, 2012. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)

(Washington, D.C.) October 22, 2012—  Jesuit Refugee Service/USA will be one of more than 50 organizations presenting at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in November. The event brings together more than 1,000 students, teachers, parish members and others passionate about faith-inspired social justice to Washington, D.C., from November 16-18, 2012. The Teach-In is sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network.  

The Teach-In is an opportunity for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and the larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together on Capitol Hill.  Teach-In attendees represent twenty-eight Jesuit universities, more than 25 Jesuit high schools, Jesuit parishes, Jesuit volunteer communities, and many other Catholic institutions and organizations. 

Started in 1997, in Columbus, Georgia, the IFTJ takes place in mid-November to remember the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. The six Jesuit priests and their companions were murdered on November 16, 1989, in El Salvador, for their work advocating on behalf of the economically poor of El Salvador.  The IFTJ moved from Georgia to Washington, D.C., in 2010, to respond to the growing interest in integrating legislative advocacy into the teach-in experience.  

Keynote speakers include Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby; Fred Kammer, S.J., member of the Southern Province of the Jesuits, attorney, and director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola University New Orleans; Merlys Mosquera Chamat, Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Latin America and Caribbean; Gabriel Bol Deng, Founding Director of Hope for Ariang, and former Lost Boy of Sudan. On Sunday (11/18) at 10:00 a.m. a Eucharistic liturgy will be celebrated, the principal celebrant will be Rev. Andrew Kirschman, S.J., a Jesuit of the Missouri Province. 

The theme of IFTJ 2012 is Imagination Reform: Moving Beyond the Margins, challenging participants to explore new issues and ways to creatively work for social justice. 


Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice schedule — more details available by clicking here.

Friday, November 16, 2012
Hyatt Regency Crystal City (2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202)
3:30 PM – 10 PM 

Saturday, November 17, 2012  *** Jesuit Refugee Service/USA’s Breakout Session(s)
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
(Public Witness will take place at Lower Senate Park adjacent to Capitol Hill)
9:30 AM – 9:30 PM 

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
9 AM – 11:30 AM 


Invisible and Forgotten: Colombian Refugees