As part of Georgetown University's 2012 Jesuit Heritage Week, the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) sponsored two events that introduced students to the work of a local social justice ministry and highlighted Jesuit values in action beyond the Hilltop.
During the first event, held on February 2, members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church's Social Justice Ministry addressed an intimate group of students and community members over coffee and breakfast. Together they discussed Jesuit connections to social justice work, including the ministry's current focus on promoting affordable housing in Washington, DC. Working for social justice was traced back through Jesuit history to the actions of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus. The church's ministry members also highlighted how students can advocate for change in their local community by focusing on the Jesuit tradition and Georgetown mission of “women and men for others.”
The second event was held later that evening where Robert L. Manuel, Ph.D., associate provost and dean of SCS, opened a panel discussion titled, “Carrying the Spirit of Georgetown Beyond the Hilltop.” The panel was composed of five members from the SCS community, a mix of alumni and instructors, each of whom connected with Jesuit values during their discussion. Father O’Brien, vice president for mission and ministry, addressed attendees about how the panel discussion fit into the context of Jesuit Heritage Week. The panel went on to discuss how these ideals impacted their education at SCS, and how they continue to see the values in action as alumni.
One student summed up the events by saying, “It was great to see the connection between Georgetown's values and my own personal values.” Other students also responded positively, noting that the events helped them to feel more connected to Georgetown's Jesuit heritage and values.
For more information about the Social Justice Ministry at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, please visit: http://www.holytrinitydc.org/socialjustice