University Ministry

Social Justice

Social Justice Opportunities

STAND: CRS Ambassadors

STAND, a Catholic Relief Services Campus Ambassador Program, advocates for human rights, and is committed to assisting the poor and vulnerable by promoting social justice and peace. STAND's focus is international in scope and we address issues that impact people around the world. STAND meets every Monday, from 5:00-6:30pm in the Lewis University Family Room. Everyone is welcome to attend. STAND also holds regular movie nights and runs the annual STAND for Rights Week.Their theme for Spring 2015 will be “Poverty in the Middle East.”

Contact: Sean Ruane.

Catalyst Social Justice Experience

  • January 16-18, 2015
  • This is your chance to see the world differently, and find out how you can make a change.
  • Join us for a weekend immersion in the city of Chicago to "see" poverty more vividly, "feel" poverty more intensely, and to understand poverty's causes more fully
  • We will visit shelters and health clinics, tour neighborhoods and encounter the people whose stories are not told and those working for change.
  • Through encountering God in these places, you will discover how to live a faith that does justice 

Catalyst Team

The Catalyst Team dedicates the fall semester to become a community to educate for social justice on campus. They accomplish this through service projects, prayerful reflection and spreading the good news to others. In spring, the team leads the Catalyst Retreat for their peers.

Contact: Sean Ruane.

Social Justice Pilgrimages

The Social Justice Pilgrimages serve to invite students deeper into the continuing ministry of Jesus through experiencing the people, places, and history of significant movements towards a more just world. This is not merely a trip to study history, but an opportunity for students to engage with the places and people who have made significant contributions to social justice. Through this learning by encounter, students will be better situated to respond to the gospel call to do justice.

  • Civil Rights Pilgrimages: Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement : March 2–9, 2015

  • U.S./Mexico Border Pilgrimage:
    May 10-15, 2015

    Contact: Sean Ruane.

  • Bethlehem-Jerusalem (Holy Land) Pilgrimage: December 26 - January 6

    Contact: Sean Ruane.

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