BY CHRIS KERR | September 25, 2013
Fr. Jim Martin, S.J., an Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 2013 keynote speaker, made an appearance on Stephen Colbert’s news & comedy show, The Colbert Report this evening. Fr. Martin spoke about America Magazine’s recent interview with Pope Francis, a groundbreaking story that offered unique perspectives about the first Jesuit Bishop of Rome.
Fr. Martin will speak on Saturday (11/16) evening at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C. on the teach-in theme, “Illuminating a Horizon for Hope,” partially derived from a homily text given by Pope Francis early in his pontificate. Other keynote speakers include: Sarita Gupta, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice & American Rights at Work, Kyle Kramer, Author of A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer & Dirt, Dan Misleh – Executive Director of Catholic Coalition for Climate Change, and Peggy O’Neill, S.C. – Director of Centro Arte para la Paz.
In its sixteenth year ,the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is the largest Catholic annual social justice gathering in the country. Attendees from the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) across the U.S. come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. Each year the crowd gathers in the spirit of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador, using their lives and ministry as inspiration for discovering the injustices of today and how we might engage in them. The Teach-In is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked.
Watch a video about the 2012 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice:
SOURCE: Ignatian News Network
Chris joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) as executive director in 2011. He has over fifteen years of experience in social justice advocacy and leadership in Catholic education and ministry. Prior to ISN he served in multiple roles at John Carroll University, including coordinating international immersion experience and social justice education programming as an inaugural co-director of John Carroll’s Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action. Prior to his time at John Carroll he served as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels in Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Chris speaks regularly at campuses and parishes about social justice education and advocacy, Jesuit mission, and a broad range of social justice issues. He currently serves on the board of directors for Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ). Chris earned a B.A. and M.A. from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. He and his family reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio.