Education & Advocacy
Jesuit students attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In in Washington, D.C.
As a Catholic and Jesuit community, we believe every human life is a gift from God, every human life is sacred, and the dignity of every person must be respected and protected. Our faith is a lens through which we analyze the realities in our world and leads us to discern the steps towards social action.
St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, repeatedly stated that faith must be put into action. Similarly, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. (Jesuit Superior General 1965-1983) said, "We cannot separate action for justice from the proclamation of the Word of God." We are called to be men and women for and with others, and Catholic Social Teaching provides a framework through which we might discover how to live as people for others.
The ministries linked below have extensive resources on a variety of social justice issues. We encourage you to visit our partners in faith and mission.
- Jesuit Office of Justice & Ecology
- Ignatian Solidarity Network: Priority Advocacy Issues
- Jesuits West: National and International Ministries and Organizations
- Jesuits West Office of Faith Doing Justice
- Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon: Social Justice & Peace
- Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching and JHS Theology Department Philosophy
"Today our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others...men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors."
- Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.