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A brief history of the Social Justice Secretariat


 

Fr. Francisco Ivern
 

 
Fr. Michael Campbell-Johnston

 

 
1968-1975

Fr Francisco Ivern (Central Brazil) established the Jesuit Secretariat for Socio-Economic Development (JESEDES), today known as the Social Justice Secretariat.

 
1975-1984

Fr. Michael Campbell-Johnston (Britain) turned the JESEDES bulletin into Promotio Iustitiae which will soon reach its hundredth issue.

 

Fr. Henry Volken
 

 
Fr. Michael Czerny

 

 
1984-1991

Fr Henry Volken (Goa-Pune) distilled all the Province responses into a panorama of the social apostolate at the end of the 1980s.

 
1992-2002

Fr Michael Czerny (Upper Canada) prepared the justice theme before the 34th General Congregation and launched the “Initiative 1995-2005”.

 

Fr. Fernando Franco
 

 
Fr. Patxi Álvarez

 

 
2002-2011

Fr Fernando Franco (Gujarat) joined the Secretariat on 3 December 2002 and - in union with the group of Assistancy Coordinators - has worked on concrete measures to revitalise the somewhat sagging spirits of this apostolic sector.

 
2011-...

Fr Patxi Àlvarez de los Mozos (Loyola) ...