Higher Standards for Higher Education: The Christian University and Solidarity

Speech delivered by Dean Brackley, S.J. at the Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA) in San Salvador, 10 years after the murder of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador. Brackley references the work of the UCA, and then states: “We cannot hope to photocopy the UCA in the U.S. Yet, we need to ask how we can shape our universities to respond more faithfully, anduniversitariamente, to an unjust world, in a manner analogous to what the martyrs of the UCA did.” Includes an extensive look at education for solidarity.

Author: Dean Brackley, S.J.
Source: Creighton University

Link: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/brackley.html


Undocumented Students in Jesuit Higher Education

In 2010, Fairfield University, Santa Clara University, and Loyola University Chicago launched a 2-year study to understand legal and social context, attitudes and social current practices in Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States regarding undocumented students. It is estimated that only 5-10% of the 65,000 undocumented students that graduate from an American high school each year are able to enter post-secondary education.

The site contains key report findings, initiatives for undocumented students in Jesuit higher education, and additional resources at the local, national, legal, internship, and advocacy levels.

Link: http://www.fairfield.edu/academics/schoolscollegescenters/academiccenters/centerforfaithandpubliclife/researchscholarship/immigrantstudentproject/otherresources/

Immigration – Undocumented Students, Student Experience

DREAMer Testimony from the Undocumented Students in Higher Education Hearing in February 2013.

Charity vs. Justice Chart

Basic chart to help clarify the difference between charity and justice

Source: Catholic Charities – Twin Cities
Link: http://www.cctwincities.org/document.doc?id=124

Selected Justice Quotes of Pope Francis

Rich resource of Pope Francis quotes on topics including: poverty, economic justice, labor, common good, charity/service, love/charity, mission, sacraments and justice, housing, creation/environment, solidarity, migrants/refugees, hunger, rights and responsibilities, family, government, peace, trafficking, and ecumenism.

Source: Catholic Relief Services
Link: http://globalfellows.crs.org/resources/selected-quotes-of-pope-francis/

Ignacio Ellacuría S.J.’s 1982 Commencement Address at Santa Clara

What then does a university do, immersed in this reality? Transform it? Yes. Do everything possible so that liberty is victorious over oppression, justice over injustice, love over hate? Yes. Without this overall commitment, we would not be a university, and even less so would we be a Catholic university.”

Author: Ignacio Ellacuría S.J.
Source: Santa Clara University
Link: http://www.scu.edu/Jesuits/ellacuria.html

Love Will Decide Everything

An overview of Pedro Arrupe’s life, including: From Hiroshima to Rome, The Challenge of Vatican II, ‘A Mysticism of Open Eyes,’ Jesuit Education After Arrupe, and Rooted and Grounded in Love.

Author: Kevin Burke, S.J.
Source: America Magazine
Date: November 12, 2007
Link: http://americamagazine.org/issue/633/article/love-will-decide-everything

Celebrating Dorothy Day

A look into the life of Dorothy Day from her childhood, to her commitment to peace and nonviolence, to her work with the Catholic Worker Movement

Author: Stephen Krupa, S.J.
Source: America Magazine
Link: http://americamagazine.org/node/145405