Through my experiences with Jesuits and their partners, I began to learn what “solidarity” meant and that it came with great challenges, but also with great potential for joy. Coming to see someone in another place as your brother or sister instead of “them”, changes your view of the world. If you let it, you can be liberated by the opportunity to be part of a global family.
~ Chris Kerr
Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Chicago Featured Christopher Kerr
Over 120 Jesuit alums were in attendance to hear Chris Kerr, executive director, Ignatian Solidarity Network, on June 8, 2015 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Event attendees are grateful to Chris for his willingness to speak at short notice as the originalspeaker, Dr. Linda LeMura, president of Le Moyne College, had travel delays and was unable to attend. Chris Kerr is an alum of Walsh Jesuit High School and John Carroll University, both in Ohio. He joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) in 2011 and brought over 10 years of experience in human rights advocacy and Catholic education. Prior to ISN, hecoordinated international immersion and social justice programs for John Carroll University’s campus ministry office. Kerr speaks regularly at campuses and parishes about social justice education and advocacy, Jesuit mission, and many human rights andjustice issues.To learn more, visit ignatiansolidarity.net
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May 6, 2019 - When I was in the third grade at a Catholic primary school in suburban Maryland, I happened upon a book about St. Isaac Jogues, the 17th century Jesuit missionary, getting flogged, flayed, and having his fingers chewed off on a mission to “New France.” At the time I couldn’t for the life of me understand why someone would choose to go through such an ordeal! Fast forward twenty-some years later, and I am a Jesuit brother living with Jesuits from India, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Wisconsin.
April 29, 2019 — Ask someone who's benefited from a Jesuit education or ministry about the Jesuits’ contributions, and you’ll hear answers like “Jesuits form men and women for others,” “they help people discern God’s presence in their lives,” and "they serve God by caring for and seeking justice for people on the margins.” But we don’t always give thought to how the Jesuits themselves benefit from being in the Society.
April 23, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Theodore J. Hottinger, SJ, who died on April 22, 2019 at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.
April 21, 2019 — We turned to Twitter and challenged people to tell the story the resurrection of Jesus in exactly six words — no more. Boil the central truth of our faith down to its essence. What’s most important?