Loyola University Maryland

IgnatianQ Conference

Keynote Speakers

As with all conference sessions, these events are open to registered conference attendees.

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Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Fr. James Martin, S.J., author of 'Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,' poses in front of a blurred city buildingsJames Martin is the editor of the national Catholic magazine, America, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication, and provides commentary on issues of religion, spirituality, and social justice in many national media outlets. Fr. Martin’s works include: My Life with the Saints; The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything; and Between Heaven and Mirth.  He has been a longtime advocate for LGBTQ+ rights in the Catholic Church and, his new book - Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity - has helped to open a much-needed dialogue in the church.

Join us as we explore the state of that dialogue in this Saturday morning keynote event: An Interview with Fr. James Martin.

Rienne Jahnai

Rienne Jahnai, creator of 'OUTspoken' an LGBTQ+ open mic and networking party, poses in front an unidentified piece of street artBy way of Philadelphia, Rienne (ryan) is a Baltimore City high school teacher, poet, mentor, and proud advocate for all LGBTQ+ people of color. She is the 2015 DC Black Pride Slam Champion, and in 2016, she created "OUTspoken" - an LGBTQ+ open mic and networking party - to provide a platform for local artists, businesses, organizations, and allies to demonstrate the diversity in the community through artistry. Though introverted, Rienne is a fiery eruption of pure passion on stage and has dedicated her efforts to creating spaces and opportunities for both youth and LGBTQ+ POC, alike. The next installation of OUTspoken is scheduled for the Spring of 2018. For more info or bookings, be sure to check out IG @only1rienne or @outspoken.openmic | FB Rienne Jahnai

Join us for a live performance of Rienne's work during our Saturday evening keynote event.  We are also pleased to announce that Rienne will be facilitating a break-out session for conference participants.

Student Panel: Intersections of Identities: What It Means to Care for the Whole Person

Cura Personalis roughly translates to "care for the whole person" - as our closing keynote event, a panel of Loyola University Maryland alumni address the importance of intersectionality and recognizing the many identities that comprise each and every one of us.