Students from Wheeling Jesuit University will join more than 1,300 social justice advocates affiliated with Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes and the larger Catholic Church at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) Nov. 15-17 in Washington, D.C.
The 17th annual Teach-In will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests and two laywomen, killed in El Salvador by Salvadoran military for their defense of the economically poor on Nov. 16, 1989.
WJU’s Service for Social Action Center director, Colleen Ryan, said the energy at the Ignatain Family Teach-In is amazing.
“Seeing so many young people inspired and hopeful for the future is a powerful experience,” she said. “Last year our students came back energized and full of ideas they wanted to bring to WJU and our Wheeling community.”
The IFTJ is a nationwide social justice conference sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a national lay-led, faith-based, social justice organization that works to mobilize Jesuit affiliates throughout the United States.
The group’s mission is to effect positive social change on critical issues facing the world.