The Jesuits recognize that slavery is evil and that their slaveholding was a sin. We are led by descendants of people the Jesuits held in slavery as we engage in a long overdue process of truth-telling and transformation.

If you believe you are a descendant, we invite you to contact us.

Several Jesuit colleges and universities are addressing their histories of slaveholding.

Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition, and Hope

In 2017, Jesuit Conference President Tim Kesicki, SJ, apologized for the Society of Jesus’ slaveholding.

The Jesuit Antiracism Sodality

JARS works to address racism within the Society of Jesus and its institutions.

Why do we engage in this work? Because we are called to give voice to those whose voices have been marginalized and almost forgotten. We desire to look honestly at our past so that we can, together, change our present and transform our future. Our compass is to name the nameless, to honor those who have been ignored, to admit our part in the horrific history of chattel slavery, and to walk in partnership with descendants as we dream of something new.

— Danielle Harrison, SHMR Co-Director

Just as the sacrament of reconciliation begins with the humble acknowledgment of our sinfulness, it is only by telling these stories with humility and openness that we begin the process of reconciliation.

— Joseph Brown, SJ, Professor, Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, “Province Begins Process of Reconciliation with Acknowledgment of Sinfulness,” Jesuits Central and Southern, Summer 2018.

Values

We approach our work with integrity, collaboration, and respect.

Education

We empower students to connect Jesuit slaveholding to modern-day racial inequities and participate in efforts to rectify them.

…slavery was just the first stage, the ‘original sin,’ in our nation’s history of racism and racial injustice. It was followed by a century of legal segregation and now a half-century more of entrenched inequality that truly are the legacies of slavery and racism. They are part of the ‘history’ and ‘memory’ in what we are examining.

— Fred Kammer, SJ, “Toward Racial Reconciliation: Mourning and Healing,” Jesuits Central and Southern, Summer 2018.

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St. Louis, MO 63108

SHMR@jesuits.org
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