Jesuit Parish Justice Summit
September 9-11, 2019
Loyola Jesuit Center | Morristown, NJ
A New Way Forward
Jesuit Parishes and the Universal Apostolic Preferences
You’re invited to join a community of parish ministers and parishioners seeking to build parish communities with vibrant faith-justice engagement. Share best practices, form new connections within the broader Jesuit network, and explore strategies and ideas around parish work for social justice inspired by the Ignatian charism. This year’s Summit will be grounded in the Jesuit’s Universal Apostolic Preferences, and will examine how the preferences can be woven into parish life to form more just, spiritually grounded, and vibrant communities.
I don’t attend a Jesuit parish. Can I still come?
Yes. While the Jesuit Parish Justice Summit is grounded in Ignatian spirituality and serving the Jesuit network, it is open to all who have an openness to the Ignatian approach and a desire to build a more vibrant faith-justice parish community.
How many parishes will be represented at the Summit?
Past Summits have gathered 10-15 parishes in the Jesuit network. This year’s Summit seeks to gather 20+ parishes from across the U.S. to encourage greater cross-institutional collaboration and sharing of best practices and ideas.
Who should attend the Summit?
The Jesuit Parish Justice Summit gathers a mix of parish constituents. It is suitable for parishioners currently involved or planning to increase involvement in parish justice committees/ministries and parish staff.
Includes private room with shared bathroom, materials, and meals
Early Registration – Before July 1, 2019
$300 – ISN member/member institution
$325 – non-members
Standard Registration – After July 1, 2019
$325 – ISN member/member institution
$350 – non-members
Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ, J.D.
Director, Jesuit Social Research Institute
is a priest, an attorney, and a member of the Central and Southern Province of the Jesuits. He has been director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute from March, 2009. From 2002 to 2008, he was the Provincial Superior of the New Orleans Jesuit Province, guiding their post-Katrina recovery and service to the devastated region’s poor and needy. From 1992 to 2001, he was the President/CEO of Catholic Charities USA, the nation’s largest voluntary human service network. Fred has worked in a number of programs for the underprivileged, both as a lay volunteer, an attorney, an advocate, and an administrator. From 1990 to 1992, he was the Policy Advisor for Health and Welfare Issues, Department of Social Development and World Peace, U.S. Catholic Conference. Prior to that, from 1984 to 1989, he was Executive Director of Catholic Community Services of Baton Rouge, Inc. Earlier, from 1977 to 1983, he was Director of the Senior Citizens Law Project of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Fred is also a retreat director and author.
His first book, Doing Faithjustice: An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought, was published by Paulist Press in May, 1991 (second printing, 1992; third printing, 2005). His second book, Salted with Fire: Spirituality for the Faithjustice Journey, was published in January, 1995, again by Paulist Press, and republished in 2008 by Wipf and Stock Publishers. His newest book, Faith. Works. Wonders.–An Insider’s Guide to Catholic Charities, was published in September, 2009, by Wipf and Stock Publishers. This New Orleans native received his J.D. from Yale University and M. Div. from Loyola University in Chicago. He holds honorary doctorates from Fairfield University, Gonzaga University, Creighton University, Spring Hill College, and the University of San Francisco (1999).
Please contact Kim Miller at email@example.com or (216) 397-2080.
Schedule subject to change
Monday, September 9, 2019
5:15 Opening Prayer
7:30 Keynote – Fred Kammer, S.J.: What do the preferences mean/say to us? What are we invited to do differently?
8:15 Small groups
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:15 Panel: How does our current way of proceeding inform a new way forward? Utilizing discernment to determine how to bring the preferences to life in your parish
10:15 Small groups
11:00 Breakouts Rd. 1 (2-3 best practices focused options)
1:00 Breakouts Rd. 2 (2-3 best practices focused options)
4:00 Facilitated Activity: Parishes break into groups based on the issue they’re most engaged in (immigration, environment, or racial justice) and share ideas/ways they’d like to connect on this issue
7:00 Facilitated Activity: What challenges do the preferences, this way of proceeding, offer to a parish? How do we integrate the preferences? What do we need to do differently?
8:00 Small groups
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:15 Staying Connected to ISN
10:15 Personal Action Planning (gather as a parish and determine what you’d like to focus on upon your return)
11:15 Report Back
11:45 Closing Prayer