October 26-28 | Washington, D.C.

Learn, pray, and advocate for justice at the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the United States.

The Teach-In is a place for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to be empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked. Now in its 26th year, the Teach-In has a rich history rooted in honoring the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989.

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  • Early Registration

  • Member Institutions/Individual Members
  • $130/person
  • Non-Member Institutions/Non-Individual Members
  • $190/person
  • Cristo Rey School Institutions
  • $50/person
  • Standard Registration

  • Member Institutions/Individual Members
  • $155/person
  • Non-Member Institutions/Non-Individual Members
  • $215/person
  • Cristo Rey School Institutions
  • $55/person
  • At the Door

  • Member Institutions/Individual Members
  • $180/person
  • Non-Member Institutions/Non-Individual Members
  • $240/person
  • Cristo Rey School Institutions
  • $55/person

Registration fees paid in full by June 1, 2024, will receive an early registration discount; the discount code will be automatically applied at checkout.
Registration fees must be paid in full by October 25 to qualify for the standard rate; unpaid invoices will be adjusted to reflect the at-the-door rate on October 26. 

Cancellations/ Refunds: Any cancellations occurring prior to 9/16 will be eligible for a refund of registration fees minus the non-refundable deposit. Cancellations occurring 9/17 or later will not be eligible for a refund.

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3 keynotes. 5 Ignatian network speakers. 40+ breakouts.


OCT 26

Pre-Sessions (Includes Orientation, Networking Sessions, and Advocacy Training)

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Day 1

Reflection Rooms Open

OCT 27

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice Day 2

Reflection Rooms Open

OCT 28

Public Witness

Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Thirty-five years ago, U.S.-trained soldiers murdered six Jesuits and two lay companions in El Salvador in an attempt to silence the Jesuits for their outspoken—and faith-based—advocacy against violence and oppression in the midst of the Salvadoran civil war. Their spirit of justice—informed by faith—has been kept alive by so many who refuse to let death have the final word, such as Jesuit Fr. Jon Sobrino, who was part of the martyrs’ Jesuit community but was away during the attack. 

Sobrino easily could have abandoned hope; instead, his work has been animated by the spirit of his brothers: “I think they believed in a God of life…A God who gives meaning and salvation to our lives and hence a radical hope.” This same spirit guides the work of the Ignatian Solidarity Network and the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. 

In 2024, our church and world continue to be marred by sinful realities such as war, violence, environmental destruction, and polarization. Yet, our Catholic faith calls us to a countercultural response driven by hope. Not a hope reduced to blind optimism, but one rooted in the steadfast promise of a loving God and in the prophetic witness of generations who have worked to move us forward. As Pope Francis commented, “The witness of…a great number of those who work for peace and justice has increasingly convinced me that we need to combat a deficit of hope that stifles dreams and the silent cry that reaches to heaven and moves the heart of God.” Together, let us combat this deficit of hope by strengthening the bonds of our shared community, drawing resilience from generations who have paved the way, and remaining steadfastly rooted in a God of resurrection.

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Washington, D.C.



Get to know our nation’s Capitol during your Teach-In experience! Explore the seat of democracy where decisions and history are made every day. Participants can access many D.C. sites on foot or via the metro.

“For 18 years, IFTJ has been central to my life and prayer. Attending when I was fifteen, it was the first time in my life that I felt like I belonged. The opportunities for friendship, learning, and hope are extraordinary and are a great sense of renewal every year. As a teacher bringing students, many of them felt heard and excited for the first time in their lives. It’s a powerful experience of justice and goodness in the world!”

“Attending IFTJ was such an empowering and fun event. I got to be a part of the fight for social justice. I remember walking to the senator’s building and feeling like I was not alone in this fight and that my voice was being heard. I became great friends with students all over the nation who are also fighting for a more just world. We are stronger together!”

“.. in the midst of some really challenging years, IFTJ is consistently a space of consolation, hope, and resolve. Whatever the secret sauce is, you have it. Thank you for creating this space and empowering and encouraging our Ignatian family.”

“I really appreciated the vulnerability of all the speakers, and was grateful to be able to share my own perspectives at the breakout sessions”

“The Teach-In was very informative and taught me so many new things. It was great talking with college and high school students from around the country and listening to their personal stories. This is something I think everyone should experience”

“The Teach-In opened my eyes to a world of injustice and how our faith influences our actions. Being with people like me inspired me to do better for our environment, immigrants, and community. I can say I’m more than ready to go out and work towards injustice.”

“This was Gonzaga Prep’s first IFTJ with students, and I cannot explain to you the positive impact that it had on them. … IFTJ opened their eyes to the love, support, and unapologetic stance for acknowledging the dignity of all and advocating for the marginalized. They are so psyched to be a part of the Ignatian Family.”

“The conference reinforced the career I wish to pursue, but most importantly provided me skills and knowledge.”

“Through all of the breakout sessions and presentations, I learned so much about contributing to social justice and how everyone can be an advocate.”

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