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Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice

October 28-30, 2023
Washington, D.C.

Registration will open in April 2023
Questions? Please contact Kelly Tadeo Orbik

$300 student price includes shared hotel room, flight and conference registration. Students are responsible for their rides to/from airport, in city transportation and meals (should plan for $100-$150).

In 2022, featured speakers included Olga Segura, Maka Black Elk, and Fr. James Martin, S.J.!

Learn, pray, and advocate for justice at the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the United States.

The Teach-In is a place for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to be empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked. Now in its 25th year, the Teach-In has a rich history rooted in honoring the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989.

In 2022, the theme was ROOTED AND RENEWING: Since its inception, the Ignatian Family Teach-In has been rooted in a deep fidelity to our ever-evolving call to live out a faith that does justice. This dynamic commitment must be constantly renewed: by gathering as communities, restoring our energies, celebrating success and mourning our losses—all of which helps us to continue engaging with and responding to the signs of our times. 

Our world and church grapple with challenges old and new. These challenges require creativity, courage, and resilience—traits embodied by our first protest in Georgia twenty-five years ago. In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis wrote, “each new generation must take up the struggles and attainments of past generations, while setting its sights even higher. This is the path. Goodness, together with love, justice and solidarity, are not achieved once and for all; they have to be realized each day” (11). 

As we gather each year in Washington, D.C., we do so in solidarity with all who have committed themselves to the work of justice. We do so with the acknowledgement that this work is never done, and that we are called, as Pope Francis reminds us, to continually reach higher in pursuit of a more just church and world.

IFTJ 2022 Theme Rooted and Renewing
2022 IFTJ Theme

Creighton alumnus Nico Sandi's video on the UCA Martyrs and our university's call to a Faith That Does Justice

Faith that does Justice Video by Nico Sandi
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Each fall thousands of people from Jesuit high schools, colleges, parishes and other Ignatian organizations in Washington, D.C. at the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. This event keeps alive the legacy of many who have worked for justice, particularly the legacy of the six Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her daughter who were all killed in El Salvador in 1989. Come join this three-day learning experience where we meet today’s prophets confronting injustice, poverty, and oppression both nationally and internationally; network with other justice-oriented students; and have our voices heard through legislative visits in the nation's capitol.  

The Ignatian Family Teach-In is hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN), an organization that works to promote and enhance the advocacy efforts of Jesuit institutions like Creighton. More information about this year's Teach-In can be found on the ISN Website.

For Further Reflection:

  • Last year's IFTJ keynotes are available on YouTube.  
  • Read Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J. 
  • Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J.'s 1982 Commencement Address at Santa Clara University

Known as the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the U.S., the Teach-In attracts young people ages 16 to 22, representing over 120 Jesuit and other Catholic universities, high schools, and parishes in the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and El Salvador.

Initiated in 1997 in Columbus, Georgia, the Teach-In is held each fall to coincide with the commemoration of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. The six Jesuit priests and their two companions were murdered Nov. 16, 1989, for speaking out against El Salvador’s tumultuous civil war. The Teach-In relocated from Georgia to Washington, D.C. in 2010 in response to the growing interest in legislative advocacy and accompanying educational opportunities.

While in Washington, D.C. students will meet with elected officials to share their hopes and concerns. 

Livestream coverage of the Teach-In will also be available.