Mercy

In

Action

Be part of the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the United States.

The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. It is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked.

Now in its 19th year, the IFTJ has a rich history rooted in honoring the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989.

Sometimes we forget how radical mercy is.  We reduce it to a nice feeling, vague and passive.  But mercy is more than that; in the words of Pope Francis, “To be merciful means to grow in a love which is courageous, generous and real.” Mercy challenges us to put our love into action, to turn our words into works and our slogans into solidarity.  Mercy also challenges us to recognize our own need forgiveness and healing, to shake ourselves free from the numbness of privilege.  It is, in short, the love of God: a love that brings people together across borders and differences, and transforms the way we see the world. At IFTJ 2016 we will practice Mercy in Action through reflection, conversation, prayer, and advocacy. Together, we will seek to answer Pope Francis’ call to all of us in this Holy Year of Mercy: “This is the opportune moment to change our lives!  This is the time to allow our hearts to be touched!  … It is the time to listen to the cry of innocent people who are deprived of their property, their dignity, their feelings, and even their very lives.”

Speakers

With 3 keynotes, 10 Ignatian network speakers, and 50+ breakout presentations, get ready to be challenged, engaged, and inspired to be agents for justice and solidarity.

Greg Boyle, S.J.
Founder, Homeboy Industries

Norma Pimentel, MJ
Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Lisa Sharon Harper
Author and Chief Church Engagement Officer, Sojourners

Want to join us? Register early to secure your spot and save on early bird rates.

  • Early Registration
    (5/1-10/7)
  • Member Institutions/Individual Members
  • $70/person
  • Non-Member Institutions/Non-Individual Members
  • $95/person
  • Cristo Rey School Institutions
  • $30/person
  • Standard Registration
    (10/8-11/11)
  • Member Institutions/Individual Members
  • $80/person
  • Non-Member Institutions/Non-Individual Members
  • $105/person
  • Cristo Rey School Institutions
  • $30/person
  • At the Door
    (11/12-11/13)
  • Member Institutions/Individual Members
  • $90/person
  • Non-Member Institutions/Non-Individual Members
  • $115/person
  • Cristo Rey School Institutions
  • $40/person

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