In what is estimated to be the largest Catholic advocacy day of the year, a delegation from Loras College will join more than 1,200 individuals on Capitol Hill on Monday, November 9 to urge members of Congress to address the moral issues raised by Pope Francis during his recent visit to the U.S., including climate change and immigration.
The advocacy day is part of the 18th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) on November 7-9 in Washington, D.C., a national social justice gathering of 1,600 people, predominately students and young adults, affiliated with U.S. Jesuit institutions and the larger Catholic Church. The Teach-In comes on the heels of Francis’s September visit to the U.S., during which he addressed U.S. Congress and the UN General Assembly.
Attending the Teach-In from Loras College will be Louisa Pavlik (’17) (Plainfield, Illinois), Allison Klimesh (’17) (Calmar, Iowa), Michelle Kavanaugh (’17) (Tinley Park, Illinois), Dustin Schafbuch (’16) (Victor, Iowa) and Loras College Peace and Justice Coordinator Stacia McDermott (’03).
The 18th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, will culminate in the largest annual Catholic advocacy day in the U.S., with over 1,200 Teach-In attendees participating in legislative advocacy meetings.
Sat. 11/7 & Sun. 11/8: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, Virginia
Monday, 11/9: Capitol Hill
The Teach-In will be held on November 7-9, 2015. The Advocacy Day on November 9 begins at 9 a.m. with a rally on the Southwest Lawn of Capitol Hill, followed by meetings with Congressional offices beginning at 10 a.m. View the full schedule of events
Teach-In attendees represent more than 90 Catholic institutions in 25 states, Canada, El Salvador, and Mexico. They come from 26 Jesuit universities, over 30 Catholic high schools, parishes, and other Catholic universities.
Teach-In speakers will include:
- Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., anti-death penalty activist and NY Times bestselling author of “Dead Man Walking
- Maureen O’Connell, Ph.D., associate professor of Christian ethics at LaSalle University
- Rudy Lopez, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice
- Sister Simone Campbell, S.S.S., executive director of NETWORK
- Fr. James Martin, S.J., bestselling author and editor-at-large at America Magazine
- Justice Janine Geske, director of Marquette University Law School’s Restorative Justice Initiative
- Hector Verdugo, associate executive director of Homeboy Industries
“The record crowd at IFTJ 2015 represents the impact of Pope Francis’s message of compassion, mercy, and solidarity,” said Christopher Kerr, executive director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, which sponsors the Teach-In. “The 1,200+ who will visit Congress will share this message in relation to key issues facing our country and world today.”
The Ignatian Solidarity Network is a national lay-led, faith-based, social justice organization that works to mobilize Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes, and ministries and the larger church throughout the United States in order to effect positive social change on critical issues facing the world. More information can be found at: www.ignatiansolidarity.net.