FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5,2013
Contact:
Tim Evans – St. Ignatius H.S. Faculty & CSPJ Member
p: 216-651-0222 / tevans@ignatius.edu

“St. Ignatius High School Welcomes 500+ Catholic High School students for Invisible Neighbors Teach-In”

CSPJ logoCLEVELAND, OHIO – Saint Ignatius High School, a Catholic Jesuit high school located in the heart of Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood will welcome over 500 Catholic high school students and staff from across the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for the “Invisible Neighbors Teach-In” on Friday, March 8, 2013.  The Teach-In is a program developed by the Catholic Schools for Peace & Justice.  Most Rev. Richard Lennon, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, will celebrate a Eucharistic liturgy for the group and international speaker, author, and anti-death penalty advocate Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., will speak to the group during the program.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to attend over 30 workshops on various social justice topics including capital punishment, immigration, and worker rights.

Catholic Schools for Peace & Justice is a network of students and teachers across the Diocese of Cleveland who collaboratively create social justice education and advocacy programs that invite students to explore the call of their faith to build just relationships which lead to a lasting peace.

In total, more than twenty Catholic high schools from Ohio will attend the event.  Jesuit schools in attendance beyond the students and staff from St. Ignatius include Saint John’s Jesuit High School (Toledo, Ohio), Saint Martin de Porres High School (Cristo Rey School – Cleveland, Ohio), and Walsh Jesuit High School (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio).

The Ignatian Solidarity Network will be present to present workshops about their work on humane comprehensive immigration reform and share information about their work at the organization fair.

MEDIA NOTE: Sr. Helen Prejean’s presentation to the student group is especially timely, as the State of Ohio has scheduled an execution for the day prior in at the state prison Lucasville, Ohio.

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The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) 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 501c3 non-profit organization.  Additional information can be found at: www.ignatiansolidarity.net