Jesuits & Justice in DC: Race, Poverty and Peacemaking at Home from the 1960s Until the Present

Jesuit Heritage Week 2016

During the 1960s in Washington DC, two Jesuits laid the groundwork for enduring programs of social justice activism and accompaniment. Fr. Horace McKenna, SJ, helped to found institutions that continue to serve the poorest of the city's poor: Martha's Table, So Others Might Eat, and Sursum Corda Housing Cooperative. Inspired by experience as a prisoner of war in World War II, Fr. Richard McSorley, SJ, was a passionate civil rights and anti-war activist who founded Georgetown's Peace Studies program, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House, and Pax Christie USA. 

Panelists are Kim Cox, president of the Father McKenna Center; Fr. Tom Gaunt, SJ, executive director of CARA and board president of L'Arche Greater Washington; Colman McCarthy, founder and director of the Center for Teaching Peace; Sr. Diane Roche, RSCJ, director of the Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. Moderated by Prof. Maurice Jackson, department of History.