Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture // Center for Peacemaking // Marquette University

Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture

Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, identified peace and reconciliation as core elements of the Ignatian mission. Every year an expert in Ignatian spirituality delivers a lecture on the connections among forgiveness, healing, empowerment, and mission.

Past Ignatian Peacemaking Lectures

2017-18: Simone Campbell, SSS

21st Century Poverty and the Challenge of Healing Our Nation

Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, is the executive director of NETWORK, the Catholic social justice lobby based in Washington, D.C. She shared stories of the people she met during her travels across the United States on NETWORK’s “Nuns on the Bus” tours. In recounting these encounters, Sister Simone addressed themes of poverty, economic inequality, and peacemaking. Read a recap of her visit.

2016-17: Patxi Alvarez, S.J.

Faith and Justice: The Call of Jesus in Recent Jesuit History

Fr. Patxi Alvarez, S.J., Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) for the Society of Jesus. Based in Rome, the SJES assists with developing the apostolic mission of the Society of Jesus, in its dimension for promoting justice and reconciliation with creation. Fr. Alvarez discussed the development of the faith and justice connection in recent Jesuit history.

2014-15: Dr. Thomas M. Kelly

A Faith that Does Justice: Rutilio Grande, S.J. and the Church of El Salvador -- Lessons for Today

Thomas M. Kelly, Ph.D., Professor of Systematic Theology at Creighton University, is the author of When the Gospel Grows Feet: Rutilio Grande, S.J., and the Church of El Salvador; An Ecclesiology in Context. He has also served as the Immersion Coordinator of the Ignatian Colleagues Program and has lived and taught courses throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Rutilio Grande, S.J. was a pioneering model of post-Vatican II servant leadership in the Catholic Church. He helped communities in El Salvador transform themselves through a commitment to work for the Kingdom of God. Dr. Kelly's presentation focused on how Grande's ministry emphasized that the Christian way does not use or promote violence. This stance ultimately cost Grande his life and inspired Archbishop Oscar Romero as well as fellow Jesuits to be radical exemplars of self-sacrificial love.