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Solidarity on Tap is a simple gathering at a local pub for socializing and social justice. Jesuit Volunteer Corps and Ignatian Solidarity Network welcome those connected to the Jesuits and the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola (FJV’s, Jesuit school alumni, Jesuit parish members, etc.) in Chicagoland to join us on Thursday, November 20th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Bar food and drinks are available for purchase.
At 8 PM we will have time for a few reflections and insights about working for humane immigration reform.
More about those who will share reflections & insights:
Sister Patricia Murphy, R.S.M. & Sister JoAnn Persch, R.S.M.
Sister Patricia Murphy RSM and Sister JoAnn Persch RSM have both been educators and administrators throughout their careers. Currently Sister JoAnn and Sister Patricia serve as Peace and Justice Coordinators for the Sisters of Mercy in Chicago’s WestMidwest community. Their ministry includes advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform, and they have a special concern for those who are being detained and/or deported. Every Friday morning, the Sisters pray at the deportation staging center while people are being deported. That prayer has led them to establish a court watch program in the immigration court. Initial attempts to enter the deportation center and the McHenry County Jail failed which led to them working with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants to have a bill passed in the Illinois Legislature allowing access to detainees for pastoral workers.
Since the bill has been implemented, the Sisters have trained pastoral workers and developed teams to go into the McHenry County Jail to meet with detained immigrants each week. The Sisters pray with those being deported on their bus rides to the airport, and support the families who come to say goodbye at the detention center. Currently the Sisters are working on the Post-Detention Accompaniment Program for men and women who are released but have no support until they can start life over.
Marcos Gonzales, S.J.
Marcos Gonzales S.J. is a Jesuit scholastic studying social work at the University of Loyola Chicago and a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps board of directors. Marcos is studying the social and pastoral accompaniment of migrants from Mexico to the US, and connecting with people affected by deportation. He recently returned from the Jesuit Migrant Services gathering in Guadalajara, focused on the current state of affairs in Central and North American migration.
From Northridge, California, Marcos and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and received an M.A. in secondary education through LMU’s PLACE Corps (Partnership in Los Angeles Catholic Education). Marcos served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Chuuk Micronesia from 2006 to 2008.
Devlin Hall 218, Boston College
Hear from community activists from El Salvador who are taking on the push factors driving the current immigration crisis. They will discuss how U.S. foreign policy created the current immigration crisis, how the Salvadoran government and social movements are responding, and what we can do at the local and international level to protect the rights of immigrants and the right of Central Americans to stay in their home countries.
- Edith Portillo, Organizer and elected leader of the Association for the Development of El Salvador (CRIPDES)
- Felipe Tobar, Mayor of San Jose Las Flores, Chalatenango- popular historian, lifetime community organizer
- Douglas Serrano, president of the community council of San Jose Las Flores and popular educator
- Alexandra Early, Chelsea Collaborative
- A newly arrived Central American refugee youth
Co-sponsored by the Cambridge Sister City Project, the Chelsea Collaborative, and the Lynch School Dept. of Counseling and Educational Psychology. For more information, contact Catherine Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alexandra Early email@example.com
A light lunch will be served.
“When the Gospel Grows Feet: Rutilio Grande, S.J. and the Church of El Salvador, an Ecclesiology in Context” Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Creighton University When the Gospel Grows Feet provides a historical and situational context for the life of the Catholic Church in El Salvador – and one man’s sacrificial struggle to shine the light of the Gospel on the systemic injustices faced by the majority of its citizens. What he exposed continues to have powerful implications for the Catholic faith today throughout North America – and globally.
Leadership Born of Struggle, Solidarity, and Hope: Ignacio Ellacuría, Rutilio Grande, Jon Sobrino, and Us
In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the assassination of the Jesuits and their collaborators at the Universidad de Centroamerica (UCA) in El Salvador, this panel will consider the life struggles and challenges out of which the leadership of Rutilio Grande, Ignacio Ellacuría, and Jon Sobrino emerged, and how their examples might inform our own lives, work, and commitments to justice at Santa Clara University today. Panelists will also reflect on how the work of educated solidarity and the proyecto social has become central to the work of Ignatian leaders in Jesuit higher education and beyond.
An exhibit and presentation by artist, Mary Pimmel. Mary Pimmel was a student at Rockhurst University when she participated in a spring break service trip to El Salvador. Her experience quickly became the inspiration behind a unique art project that brought together social justice and art to educate the public about the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador. Pimmel’s exhibit features eight paintings. She explained to The Catholic Key, “I wanted to try and get the real essence of the Jesuits and get across who they really were to the people who would be encountering them for the first, and maybe, only time.” She saw the paintings as biographical sketches and chose a different color for each painting – a color “that fit their personality.” For more information about Mary Pimmel’s collection: http://catholic
Verdad y La Justicia: Witnessing Truth in the Service of Justice: The Story of the Salvadoran Martyrs
In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the assassination of the Jesuits and their collaborators at the Universidad de Centroamerica (UCA) in El Salvador, Santa Clara University co-published with Orbis Press: La Verdad: Witness to the Salvadoran Martyrs. La Verdad is the firsthand account of the El Salvador martyrdoms and the process of resettling in the United States by Lucia Cerna, a housekeeper at the UCA, accompanied by a reading of El Salvador’s history and the vagaries of the American immigration system by local scholar and professor, Mary Jo Ignoffo. Lucia Cerna and Mary Jo Ignoffo will reflect together with Luis Calero, S.J. on the events of November 16, 1989 and share about the larger context, implications, and significance of this anniversary for El Salvador, the United States, and Santa Clara University. Reception immediately following. All alumni of past SCU El Salvador immersions and the Casa de la Solidaridad are particularly invited to attend. RSVP