Attendees From More than 25 Countries to Attend World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA) Congress at John Carroll University

BY ISN STAFF | June 27, 2017

CLEVELAND—Attendees from more than 25 countries will this week be traveling to Cleveland to attend the World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA) Congress, which runs from June 28 – July 2 at John Carroll University.

WUJA is an international organization founded in 1956 to support the mission and ideals of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Every four years, WUJA convenes friends and alumni of Jesuit schools from around the world to celebrate Jesuit education and Ignatian spirituality. This will be the first-ever WUJA Congress held in North America.

John Carroll University

Countries represented at this year’s event will include: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, China, Columbia, Congo, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Lithuania, Mexico, Panama, Rwanda, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and Venezuela.

The 2017 Congress will feature a three-day program with some 60 speakers and 30 breakout sessions. Among the keynote speakers are: the Very Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States; Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of the social enterprise Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles; Rev. James Martin, S.J., author and editor-at-large of America magazine; Chris Lowney, best-selling author and current board chair of Catholic Health Initiatives; Katherine Marshall, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; and Rev. Peter Balleis, S.J., director of Jesuit Worldwide Learning, a collaborative initiative that provides certificate and diploma programs to those who live in refugee camps and in other places where higher learning is out of reach.

Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. and Fr. James Martin, S.J. at the 2016 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Fathers Kesicki, Boyle, Martin, and Balleis have all participated in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in previous years.

Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J., the new Superior General of the Jesuits, will participate via video feed from Rome.

Keynote addresses will be broadcast live by the Ignatian Solidarity Network via Facebook at:

  • 6:00 PM ET on Wednesday, June 28 (Christopher Lowney)
  • 9:00 AM ET on Thursday, June 29 (Very Rev. Timothy Kesicki, S.J.)
  • 2:00 PM ET on Thursday, June 29 (Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J.)
  • 9:00 AM ET on Friday, June 30 (Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J.)
  • 2:00 PM ET on Friday, June 30 (Fr. James Martin, S.J.)

The Ignatian Solidarity Network will provide additional social media coverage via Facebook, Twitter using #WUJA2017, and Instagram.


3 replies
  1. John R Sheehan
    John R Sheehan says:

    Fairly disappoint report – lots of pretty pictures and snappy lines but no opportunity for real content, to share in what went on. And the same is true about the article about an Catholic Paradigm of International Relations. A passing summary and the opportunity to actually read the article in Spanish – which helps me and I suspect others not at all. Jesuit Networking feels more like a PR piece than anything of substance.


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