Discernment, Capacity Building, and Parish Mobilization

Presentation by Tim Severyn from Bellarmine Chapel.



Immigration Vigil Program

This is the program we used in our “Vigil in Solidarity with Detained and Separated Immigrant Families” event that our Peace, Justice & Reconciliation Commission organized. The purpose was to challenge the Trump administration’s family separation policies and stand in solidarity with immigrant families and their basic rights to dignity and family unity.


Partnerships Panel Presentation

Partnerships panel presentation from St. Ignatius Baltimore at Jesuit Parish Justice Summit 2018.

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Communications Presentation by St. Ignatius – Baltimore

Resources from St. Ignatius – Baltimore’s presentation on communications.

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St. Ignatius Pastoral Letter on Sanctuary Status

In November, 2017, on the Feast of Christ the King, St. Ignatius Parish San Francisco declared itself, along with St. Agnes Parish, a Sanctuary Community. Fr. Greg Bonfiglio issued a pastoral letter that summarized the process and discernment that lead to that declaration.


St. Ignatius and St. Agnes Joint Sanctuary Statement

St. Agnes and St. Ignatius parishes in San Francisco jointly declared their status as sanctuary parishes in November, 2017. St. Agnes had previously declared; the joint statement was a reflection of the decision to issue a joint statement by the two Jesuit parishes in San Francisco.


Sanctuary Discernment Process

In response to what was happening to migrants and refugees in early 2017, St. Ignatius Parish embarked on a discernment process to answer one question: Will St. Ignatius Parish declare itself a sanctuary parish or not? This is a brief summary of that process.


Ignatian Charism for Dialogue

Points for reflection for those working in Jesuit social justice ministries concerning dialogue.


The Racial Healing Circles

St. Joe’s offered a five-week Racial Healing Circle utilizing the peacemaking circle process. This was a different way of talking about race and racism that is safe, preemptive and proactive; a way that was aimed at building strong relationships capable of holding the needed healing dialogues around race and racism. Each session was themed to give focus and attention to various aspects for racial healing (e.g., racial identity development, impacts of race and racism, implicit/unconscious racial bias, understanding racial privilege, and racial reconciliation). Racial healing has been described as a way of healing from the cumulative effects of racism —individual and societal— most likely caused by racial mis-education, separation, and disunity.  This series culminated with various groups within the Parish developing action items to continue their work for racial justice throughout the St. Joseph Parish community.  The process was facilitated by Dr. Pamela Taylor, a professor in the School of Education at Seattle University.  For more information contact Dr. Taylor at [email protected]