Fall 2020

Poetry, Patience and Prayer, Molly McCully Brown

September 24, 7pm online

Molly McCully Brown is an acclaimed poet and essayist and will perform a reading followed by a Q&A.

Her published books include: The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, In the Field Between Us, and The Places I’ve Taken My Body. Brown has been the recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, a United States Artists Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship and the Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship from the Oxford American magazine. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Paris Review, Tin House, Crazyhorse, The New York Times, Pleiades, The Yale Review, Blackbird, and elsewhere.

Sponsored by The Faith-Justice Institute’s Joseph William and Madeline Eberle Klein Fund and the English Department

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Between Borders, Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ

October 8, 7pm online

Norma Pimentel is a Sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. As Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, she oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville on the U.S.-Mexico border, providing oversight of the ministries and services, including the Humanitarian Respite Center.

Sr. Norma has received national and international attention for her advocacy. During her talk, Sr. Norma will share her personal story as a child of Mexican immigrants growing up in Brownsville, Texas. She will also discuss the urgency of the work that she and her sisters are engaged in with immigrants and refugees, and her perspective about the crisis at the border, and the Catholic Church’s response..

Sponsored by the Faith-Justice Institute’s Joseph William and Madeline Eberle Klein Fund and the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program.

An Evening with Dr. Robert Vischer

October 20, 7pm, Online

Dr. Robert Vischer, Dean and Mengler Chair of Law at the University of St. Thomas Law School, is a scholar on the intersection of law, religion, and public policy. Dr. Vischer keenly articulates religious and moral dimensions of professional identity.

Author of Conscience and the Common Good: Reclaiming the Space between Person and State and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Morality of Legal Practice: Lessons in Love and Justice, he will discuss topics such as civil friendship, justice and the common good in our current context of an election year.

Co-sponsored by The Faith-Justice Institute Joseph William and Madeline Eberle Klein Fund, SJU Law Alumni Endowmentand Political Science and Theology Departments.

Happier as a Woman: A First Gen's Academic & Spiritual Journey, Dr. Martina Giselle Ramirez

November 11, 7pm, Online

Dr. Martina Giselle Ramirez, Loyola Marymount University, is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Professor of Biology at Loyola Marymount University. Recognized for her scholarship and mentorship, she has also dedicated her career to empowering and advocating for those at the margins.

Author of Happier as a Woman: Transforming Friendships, Transforming Lives, Dr. Ramirez will speak of her spiritual journey of self-discovery, relationships and self-love.

Co-Sponsored by The Faith-Justice Institute’s Joseph William and Madeline Eberle Klein Fund, Office of Teaching and Learning, The
Alliance, Beta Gamma Sigma and The Faculty Senate Trans Working Group.

Spring 2020

A Conversation: the criminal justice system, communities of color, and the Catholic Church

Wednesday, February 5th at 7 pm, Foley Center

Journalist Dawn Araujo-Hawkins will be joined in conversation by Sr. Alison McCrary, SFCC, a social justice movement lawyer, and Lezley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, to discuss acts of bias, racial profiling, excessive sentencing practices and more.

Co-sponsored by SJU Law Alumni Endowment, Justice and Ethics in the Law, and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity.

Luncheon Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador: Mission Week event

Thursday, February 20th at 11 am, Campion Doyle Banquet Hall South

A guided discussion with members of SJU’s El Salvador Delegation and members of the Jesuit community about the influence and legacy of the Jesuit Martyrs over lunch.

Co-sponsored by the Jesuit Community, the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program, and the Office of Mission Programs.

Jesuit Education at the Borders with Dr. Emilio Travieso, S.J.

Tuesday, March 3rd at 11 am, Wachterhauser Seminar Room, Post-Learning Commons

A conversation with Dr. Emilio Travieso, S.J., about Jesuit education in Haiti with the Foi et Joie Haïti organization.

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Fall 2019

Building a Bridge: Reaching Out to the Excluded in Our Church

Tuesday, September 17th, 7 pm, Foley Center

Fr. James Martin S.J., author and editor-at-large for America Magazine, challenges Catholics to encounter and experience the lives of people on the margins of the Church, particularly the LGBT community. He is also a frequent commentator in the national media about contemporary issues in the Catholic Church, and the intersection of faith and culture. Fr. Martin will be speaking about how, through respect, compassion, and sensitivity, we can create a welcoming, inclusive space for all in the Catholic Church.

Day of Learning on Catholic Social Teaching and Racism

Thursday, September 26th

In November, 2018, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the statement, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism. Dr. Shawnee Daniels-Sykes, Professor of Theology and Ethics at Mount Mary University, will join our campus community for a day of programming about Open Wide Our Hearts, systemic racism, overcoming unconscious racial bias, and the path forward.

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Just Water, Christiana Zenner, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 8th, 7 pm, Foley Center

Christiana Zenner, Ph.D., associate professor of theology, science and ethics in the Department of Theology at Fordham University, lectures nationally and internationally on the intersection of fresh water ethics and ecological theory, religious ecologies, and developments in the earth sciences. She will speak about the ecological turn in Catholic Social Teaching and the interconnectedness of access to water and justice in global economies. She will also suggest what needs to be done to improve access to safe water throughout the world.

Moving Beyond Belief: poems and stories in conversation with Catholicism, Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marie Howe

Tuesday, October 29th, 7 pm, Foley Center

“Moving Beyond Belief: poems and stories in conversation with Catholicism” will feature poetry readings by Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marie Howe. A discussion will follow about writing through a Catholic lens, the transformative power of poetry, and giving voice through poetry to groups that are living on the margins of the Church.

This event, is being co-sponsored by the Faith-Justice Institute’s Klein Fund, the Alliance, and the English Department. Volumes of the poets’ collections will be available for purchase.

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Spring 2019

Visionary Women: Sr. Mary Scullion, RSM

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 7 pm

In celebration of Women's History Month, Sr. Mary Scullion, President and Executive Director of Project HOME, will be speaking in the Foley Center on Wednesday, March 27th from 7-9 pm about her journey as co-founder of Project HOME, the historical contributions of women as champions of peace and social justice in the Catholic Church, and how the role of women in the Church could evolve.

Love Thy Neighbor: Refugee & Immigrant Services in Philadelphia

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7 pm

The panel discussion will be comprised of leaders from organizations such as HIAS, Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia and St. Thomas Aquinas Center, who are providing services to refugees and immigrants.

Church Sex Abuse Crisis: Perspectives on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 7 pm

Rev. Daniel R. Joyce, S.J. will moderate a panel discussion in response to the PA Grand Jury Report released in August 2018, which detailed the outcome of one of the broadest inquiries into Church Sex Abuse in United States history. Dr. Kathy Sprows Cummings, Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame will be joined by a local attorney and therapist, who will share their professional perspectives on the PA Grand Jury Report and the abuse of children by clergy.

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Fall 2018

Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues, Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ

November 14, 7pm

Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, is world renown for her tireless work against the death penalty, especially in our national dialogue on capital punishment. Moreover, Sr. Helen has been instrumental in shaping the Catholic Church’s newly vigorous opposition to all executions as announced recently by Pope Francis. Join us for an evening presentation with Sr. Helen.

Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, Fr. Greg Boyle S.J.

September 12, 7pm

Fr. Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world. Faith, compassion and unconditional love call us to find kinship with one another. In this lecture, Fr. Boyle will discuss his recent book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship. Fr. Boyle’s compelling stories witness to the challenges and joys of life on the margins and how radical kinship can break down barriers and transform our world.