Direct Service and Accompaniment
"[Marginalized] groups represent all those whom poverty relegates to the very margins of society where their dignity is ignored, their rights are violated, their humanity is degraded, and their hopes are shattered. Solidarity with them is not a matter of politics. It is part of our solidarity with Christ and the expression of our love for God." US Jesuit Provincials, A Meditation on Our Response to the Call of Christ
As part of an international community of religious men (The Society of Jesus) and a wider network of lay partners, co-workers and friends (the Ignatian Family) Wisconsin Province ministries provide direct services as well as contact and friendships with underserved people and groups.
You can join this effort in a variety of ways: through your interest and your prayer, personal participation and your financial support. This group of listings has been conveniently arranged according to the geographic region of the province. In many cases, the coordinator contact information is included in the website or you may contact John Sealey
at the province office for additional information.
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin seeks to embody the principles of excellence, faith, leadership, and service. In keeping with this mission, it offers a wide range of programs forming leaders for tomorrow and helping to serve the needs of the larger community.
Marquette Midnight Run
- This Campus ministry program offers food and other support for homeless people in the central city.
Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic
is located at the House of Peace and provides pro bono legal information and referral services to individuals in need of legal assistance.
Casa Romero Renewal Center
offers programs of personal formation and renewal, strengthening families, and forming community, primarily in Milwaukee’s Latino community. Programs reflect Archbishop Oscar Romero’s commitment to a just, peaceful, sustainable world.
Marquette University High School
forms young men into whole persons through offering an outstanding Catholic education which features a yearly opportunity to gain experience in community service, both as part of the curriculum and by means of student organizations. The Senior Shared Life Project requires each senior to spend two weeks in full-time direct community service.
Nativity Jesuit Middle School
educates Latino youth for Christian Service as part of the national Nativity schools network
. Nativity schools offer extended school day, summer programs and mentoring support of its graduates as they continue through high school and college. Volunteer opportunities are available as tutors, mentors, and sponsors.
Jesuit Retreat House
(Oshkosh) provides a variety of preached and directed retreats including opportunities for those in 12-step programs.
Minneapolis and South Dakota
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School - Twin Cities
provides college preparatory education to students in an urban setting. Cristo Rey Twin Cities, which opened in 2007) is also the first Jesuit high school in the Twin Cities. It is part of a network of urban Catholic high schools across the country that place low-income students in corporate internships to simultaneously learn practical skills and prepare them for higher education. http://www.cristoreynetwork.org/
St Thomas Moore Catholic Community
in St Paul is a Jesuit parish community which coordinates a variety of direct service opportunities including: Nicaraguan Ministry, Interfaith Builders (housing), Loaves and Fishes (nutrition), pregnancy/family support, and volunteer support of a domestic violence shelter.
Native American Ministry has long been a focus of the Wisconsin Province. While centering on educational and pastoral service, work with Native Americans in South Dakota and Wyoming also includes self-help social development in a way that respects indigenous values and heritage and incorporates solidarity. Helping to preserve that artistic and cultural heritage is a goal of the Red Cloud Heritage Center
in Pine Ridge SD. The Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum
in St. Francis SD offers an extraordinary collection of artifacts on traditional Lakota life. The Sioux Spiritual Center
in Howes, SD is a cooperative ministry sponsored by the Jesuits and the Rapid City diocese to create a sacred environment, a place between Heaven and Earth where God's Spirit and the Lakota people become one. Postings from the new St. Francis Mission Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program can be found at http://sfmrecovery.blogspot.com/
seeks to promote and embody service to others, the importance of family life, the inalienable worth of each individual, and appreciation of ethnic and cultural diversity among its core values as a Catholic leader in education. As such, both classes and special programs contain a focus on concern for society.
Creighton Center for Service and Justice
coordinates regular service/reflection opportunities for students. CCSJ offers daily service options in the community (from homeless ministries to youth tutoring) as well as Spring/Fall break full week service immersions.
Creighton Institute for Latin American Concerns
(ILAC) sponsors programs for dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, law, physical therapy and occupational therapy for health sciences and undergraduate throughout the Dominican Republic. ILAC provides specialized medical/surgical teams as well as rural-based health promoters.
Creighton Educational Opportunity Program
is a federally funded supplemental academic and leadership program enabling lower-income and first generation higher students to enter and succeed in higher education.
Creighton Homeless Connect
is a new program which brings over 300 homeless citizens to campus to connect with resources including information on employment, housing, healthcare, education, legal resources, clothing for job interviews, nutrition and other benefits.
Creighton Preparatory School
seeks to instill a commitment to justice among its graduates. Beyond integrating social concern into the wider curriculum, Prep coordinates direct service projects such as Operation Others
a student-run organization that reaches 1,600 underprivileged Omaha families with Christmas food baskets. Creighton Prep’s Mission Week raises awareness (and funding) for projects addressing local and international poverty. Courses such as Awareness Workshop link direct service experience to Catholic Social Teaching and social analysis. Creighton Prep offers both international and domestic service immersions.
Jesuit Middle School Omaha
provides young males, of all faiths, a quality educational opportunity and encourages them to claim ownership of their lives and develop themselves into responsible leaders. Nativity schools offer extended school day / school year and continues to mentor and support its middle school graduates through high school and college. Volunteer opportunities are available as tutors, mentors, and sponsors.
builds efficient, concrete houses to first time home buyers in North Omaha. In so doing, the program supports strengthening families through home ownership and stabilizing neighborhoods.
Computers for Africa
, is an independent non-profit founded by a Jesuit and two Ignatian Associates. C4A recycles and re-builds computers for installation to schools and training centers in Eastern Africa sending approximately 250 units per year.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
College graduates who want to contribute to helping meet basic human needs of food, shelter, and education in the United States can volunteer a year or more in the JVC to live in community and support agencies. JVC also sends volunteers internationally to live, work, and learn with and among the poor in regional ministries in seven developing nations: Belize, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, and Tanzania.
Ignatian Volunteer Corps
provides men and women (age 50+) opportunities to serve others - to address social injustice - and to transform lives. IVC matches the talents of capable Volunteers with the needs of partner non-profit organizations.
Jesuit Refugee Service
coordinates the Jesuit apostolic preference to care for refugees and displaced people. International in scope, it attempts to meet the dire needs of those people who are displaced by war, famine, or persecution.
Wisconsin Province Ignatian Associates
serve in schools, universities, hospitals, businesses, social services, parishes, and a variety of other settings. Some work in traditional Jesuit institutions and ministries, while others bring the mission of the Jesuits to new situations.
Creighton MAGIS Program
is a 2-year program that provided M.A. graduate studies (Education) to teachers in under-resourced Catholic schools.
Justice Education & Social Research
Today our prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ - for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce. (Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Men and Women for Others)
Intellectual inquiry on experience, based on Catholic Social teaching, is a critical dimension of Jesuit social apostolate. In this way, reflection and social analysis help to inform our experience as we move toward judgment, planning and strategies for work to address social injustice.
invites the university and wider community on the skills needed to become spiritually-centered peacemakers.
Marquette Manressa Project helps individuals discern their personal gifts and talents to help meet the world's needs from the perspective of the Jesuit faith-justice mission.
Marquette University High School includes courses on Catholic social teaching (theology department) and incorporates social concern across departments. Various clubs and activities allow further pursuit of these themes.
Gesu Parish offers on-going education regarding aspects of Catholic Social Teaching. Free and open to the public.
Creighton Magis Productions Jesuit photographer and Professor Don Doll, SJ, has travelled and photographed extensively. His images often include topics of social and international concern.
Creighton Preparatory School includes courses on Catholic social teaching (theology department) and incorporates social concern across departments. Various clubs and activities allow further pursuit of these themes.
National and International Resources
The Center of Concern is a Jesuit founded center for social analysis which serves as a catalyst for social justice concerns in the United States and internationally. Projects include trade/globalization, food security and global women’s project.
Advocacy for Social Change
" General Congregation 32, Decree 4 Our Mission Today: The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice
- comprehensive immigration reform
- domestic poverty
- war and violence
- marginalization of Africa
provides an easy way to connect to U.S. Representatives to voice constituent support for important issues before the Congress.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network
includes universities, schools, parishes, religious organizations and individuals in actions that support the Church’s work for social justice. ISN programming includes Teach-Ins, leadership conferences, on-line resources and an advocacy notification among ISN member groups.
Furthermore, Jesuit institutions and groups advocate on various local, national and international issues:
- Jesuit parishes are active in regional community organizing efforts including: ISAIAH (Twin Cities), OTOC (Omaha) and MICAH and Common Ground (Milwaukee)
- Gesu Parish, Marquette Students and Wisconsin Province, working with other faith communities, helped to pass a Milwaukee Housing Trust Fund to increase affordable housing units in Milwaukee.
- Creighton Prep is the first Jesuit high school to adopt a sweatshop-free purchasing policy.
- Creighton University is the first Jesuit University to co-file a shareholder resolution on behalf of human rights (Wisconsin Province Human Rights Resolution – Chevron).
Student and parishioner groups advocate for justice on areas including: ecology, pro-life, human rights, peace-action, genocide, human trafficking/slavery, fair trade, worker-rights, housing/homelessness, immigration reform.