Students Attend Justice Conference in Washington

For more than 20 years, the Ignatian Family Teach-In For Justice (IFTJ) has brought people together to honor the legacy of the martyrs of El Salvador.

Ten Villa students and 3 chaperones participated in the conference from November 6-8 in Washington, D.C. with 1,500 others from schools and parishes across the nation and world. The event included a liturgy, keynote speakers, breakout sessions, reflection time, and public witnesses at the White House and Capitol Hill. This year’s theme was to imagine a path forward through reflection, reckoning, and kinship.

“The IFTJ conference is an incredibly meaningful experience for our students,” said Kara Bielli, Villa Maria’s Director of Service and Social Justice. “There is time and space to learn about, reflect on and act on important issues in our world through the lens of Catholic social teachings.”

The keynote speakers included a nationally recognized advocate for racial justice Father Bryan Massingale;  Father Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world; and, Keya Chatterjee, the executive director of U.S. Climate Action Network.