Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

Social Justice Events

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Ignatian Family Teach-In

Convened every fall, the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice has come to hold particular significance as the largest convention of U.S. Jesuit-affiliated institutions. Gathering in a remarkable display of solidarity, participants of the teach-in learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together in the context of social justice. The event is a powerful experience, bringing together students from high schools and colleges, who connect with their faith through education, liturgy, and advocacy. Participants are required to register for the event and commit to attending a series of educational activities in preparation for the Teach-In. For more information, contact the Service Coordinator at teachin@loyola.edu.

Teach-In Website: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/iftj/schedule

Commemoration of the Martyrs of Central America

An annual commemoration of the El Salvadoran martyrs that were killed during the 1980s. The martyrs include the six Jesuit faculty members at the University of Central America and the Jesuit community's housekeeper and her daughter who were murdered on November 16, 1989 and the three religious sisters and one laywoman who were raped, mutilated and murdered on December 2, 1980. We also commemorate the victims of the El Mozote massacre who were killed on December 11, 1981.

Social Justice Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are devotional exercises Christians use to recall the Passion of Christ. Today every Catholic church incorporates pictorial Stations of the Cross around the perimeter of the church, and they are practiced during Lent in preparation for Easter. The Social Justice Stations of the Cross help us meditate on the Passion of Jesus and relate the pain he endured to real injustices experienced in today's world.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Events

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness activities are designed to inform and educate the Loyola community about people who are materially poor, hungry and/or homeless, as well as to offer opportunities for involvement with people experiencing these situations. Members of the Loyola community are invited to plan and facilitate the individual events. Activities/events from past years have included: special service and advocacy opportunities, canned food drives, panel discussions, prayer services and a candlelight vigil.