The Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat of the Jesuit Curia in Rome
Ignatius wrote to the Jesuits in Padua, “Our commitment to follow a poor Lord, quite naturally makes us friends of the poor.” These ‘poor’ are neither a sociological category nor a pious generalization, but the name for the real persons and groups among whom we live, whose conditions we study, with whom we work.
Our endeavour is to work with people for change to bring the charity and the justice of the Gospel to society and culture. We have been given Good News and abundant reasons to hope that this is possible, and in this passionate enterprise which is religious and cultural and social, local and global, we want to share these hopes with others.
This web-site presents the mission and approach of the Society’s social justice and ecology commitment, the spirituality which inspires and motivates it, the issues which Jesuits and colleagues work on in different parts of the world, the networks and sources of information available.
Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat assists Fr. General in developing the apostolic mission of the Society, in its dimension for promoting justice and reconciliation with creation, both at the level of the Conferences and Provinces in the Society of Jesus, and establishing collaborations between apostolic sectors and paying special attention to the social apostolate.
The Secretariat of Social Justice and Ecology:
a. Helps Fr. General and his Council in the Society’s commitment to promote justice and reconcile with creation
b. Operates in collaboration with different apostolic sectors and with the others Secretariats
c. Supports Conferences, and where possible also Provinces, in promoting justice and ecological dimensions
d. Contributes to the creation of international and intersectoral networks that promote justice and reconciliation with creation
e. Offers to the Society information and reflections about the promotion of justice and reconciliation with creation.
Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat Today
Fr. Patxi Álvarez
(Loyola Province, Spain)
Secretary, since 2011
Fr. Xavier Jeyaraj
(Calcutta Province, India)
Assistant Secretary, since 2011
Ms. Concetta Negri
Fr. Rigobert Bihuzo Minani
(Central African Province)
Coordinator, African Conference
Fr. Benedictus Hari Juliawan
Coordinator, Asia Pacific Conference
Fr. José Ignacio García Jiménez
Coordinator, European Conference
Fr. Roberto Jaramillo Bernal
Coordinator, Latin American Conference
Fr. Stanislaus Jebamalai
Coordinator, South Asian Conference
William J. Kelley
Coordinator, United States Conference
A brief history: From JESEDES to SJS to SJES
Fr Francisco Ivern
Fr. Michael Campbell-Johnston
Fr. Henry Volken
Fr. Michael Czerny
Fr. Fernando Franco