ISN Receives Support from Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia Foundation


BY ISN STAFFOctober 16, 2012


UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH – The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) has received a $2,000 grant from the Social Justice Fund of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia Foundation.  The funding will support the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, an annual event drawing more than 1,000 people to Washington, DC, for social justice speakers, workshops, advocacy training, public witness, and reflection.

The Social Justice Fund was established in 1981 as a concrete expression of our gratitude for God’s love and providence throughout the history of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.  The fund enables the sisters to expand their mission and commitment to those who are economically disenfranchised.

In her letter awarding the Ignatian Solidarity Network with the grant funding Sr. Nora Nash, OSF, director of corporate social responsbility, said, “We commend the Ignatian Solidarity Network for facilitating the Teach-In for Justice.   We are honored to be able to support this work.”

On accepting the grant, Christopher Kerr, ISN executive director stated, “We are so grateful for this partnership with the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.  Their support demonstrates the valuable role of collaboration in the collective effort to work for justice as people of faith.”

Started in 1997, in Columbus, Georgia, the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (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, DC, in 2010, to respond to the growing interest in integrating legislative advocacy into the teach-in experience.

More information about the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice can be found at:


The Ignatian Solidarity Network promotes leadership and advocacy among students, alumni, and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools, parishes, and ministries by educating its members on social justice issues; by mobilizing a national network to address those issues; and by encouraging a life-long commitment to the “service of faith and the promotion of justice.”  ISN is an independent lay-led 501(c)(3) organization.  More information can be found at: