Jesuit Education and Social Change Topic of Markoe-Deporres Social Justice Lecture
The Rev. Charles J. Beirne, S.J., former president of LeMoyne College, and former academic vice president of Universidad Centroamericana in El Salvador and of Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala will present the 14th annual Markoe-DePorres Social Justice Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Monday Nov. 12 in Creighton’s Skutt Student Center Ballroom.
His lecture on “Jesuit Education and Social Change in Central America, the United States, and Africa,” is free and open to the public.
His book “Jesuit Education and Social Change in El Salvador” is described as the definitive account of that Jesuit university’s commitment to the faith that does justice and the social outreach it implies.
Fr. Beirne stepped down as president of LeMoyne College earlier this year after he was appointed by the Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, to act as consultant to the African Jesuits as they establish the first Jesuit university on that continent.
T he Markoe-DePorres lecture series is sponsored by the Justice and Peace Studies Program in Creighton's College of Arts and Sciences, in honor of Fr. John Markoe, S.J., who started the Omaha DePorres Club in 1947. The club included Creighton students and members of the community united against racial injustice. Their patron, Martin de Porres, a Peruvian of mixed ancestry, was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1962.