Social Justice Ministries
Jesuits and lay partners collaborate to build a world of truth, justice, freedom, peace and love.
Jesuit Refugee Service
The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organization with a mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome. The JRS operates in over 50 countries, providing assistance to refugees and displaced peoples, to asylum seekers in cities and those held in detention in areas of education, advocacy, health and nutrition, and economic and social services. For more, visit the both the U.S. website and the international website.
Spiritearth is a center and a network of people whose focus is contemplation, reflection, and justice-making in the ecozoic era, which tries to bring a sense of care and responsibility to our interdependent lives with the world around us. Resources to Protect Creation and the Poor; from Jesuit Social and International Ministries.
Housing (Matthew 25)
Matthew 25 is an ecumenical, interfaith, private non-profit corporation sponsored by the New England Province to provide food and housing relief to people in economic need in the Worcester and Boston areas. Drawing on the resources of both high school and college communities, Matthew 25 has turned abandoned eyesores into nicely-restored neighborhood houses. Fr. Fred Enman, SJ, and his work with Matthew 25is profiled in the Catholic Free Press.
Socially Responsible Investments
The National Jesuit Committee advocates for change in corporate behavior through shareholder advocacy by Jesuits. Socially responsible investment is a work of structural justice and can also occur within investment decisions made by Jesuit institutions and interested individuals. Presently, the priorities for action include the provision of free HIV/AIDS medications to Africa, Human Rights labor policies for American companies overseas, issues affecting Afro-Colombians, and Predatory Lending activities in the USA. For more, visit their website.
The Jesuit Advocacy Network
Jesuits ask colleagueship and support for a number of important situations which Congress has to consider. A network has developed which aids our friends to select issues, contact their senators and representatives, and to take appropriate citizen action. Our issues are concerned with Africa, domestic poverty, immigration, and war and violence, and important issues of the New England Province (such as Iraq policy). Sign up to receive email alerts about current legislative issues aligned with Catholic social teaching on the Advocacy page of the Jesuit Conference website.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network
The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) is a national social justice education and advocacy organization inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. ISN was founded in 2004 and is a lay-led, 501(c)3 organization working in partnership with Jesuit universities, high schools, and parishes along with many other Catholic institutions and social justice partners. Learn more about ISN at: www.ignatiansolidarity.net.