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Our Work

In the global Society of Jesus, each regional conference, as well as our General Curia in Rome, has an office dedicated to the promotion of social justice and ecology, with each one operating slightly differently according to the regional context in which they work.

At the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, the Office of Justice and Ecology oversees the government relations and federal advocacy work on behalf of our major superiors. Inspired by Catholic social teaching and working closely with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we focus on the following policy areas:

 

 

Pope Francis speaks before the U.S. Congress in 2015 (Courtesy of Architect of the Capitol).

Building a Culture of Life

Inspired by St. John Paul II’s call to “build a new culture of life,” we promote economic and social policies that provide children, women and families with the support they need to flourish.

Care for Our Common Home

Pope Benedict XVI wrote, “The environment is God's gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole.” In accordance with humanity’s God-given mission to take care of the earth, we advocate for policies that protect our common home for future generations.

Criminal Legal System Reform

We advocate for reforms of the criminal legal system that better uphold the dignity of all people involved in the criminal justice process and that foster “a justice that reconciles.”

Empowering Indigenous Peoples

Recognizing the grave injustices experienced by Indigenous peoples over the centuries, we work for policies that correct past injustices and help Native American communities to thrive.

Immigration Reform

The Catholic Church teaches that “[the] more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin.” We promote humane immigration policies that honor the inherent dignity of every person and that seek to alleviate the conditions that force people to migrate.

Racial Justice

As the U.S. bishops have noted, “Despite many promising strides made in our country, racism still infects our nation.” We work to end racism in all its forms and to enact policies that make our nation more racially just.

Our Team

Fr. Chris Kellerman, SJ

Secretary

Thomas Mulloy

Director of Government Relations

Harrison Hanvey

Manager of Outreach and Partnerships

MegAnne Liebsch

Communications Manager