IFTJ 2018

Students to Participate in Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

From November 16-18, 2019, nearly 2,000 individuals, including a delegation from Rockhurst High School will gather for the 22nd annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C.

Initiated in 1997, the Teach-In commences yearly in mid-November to commemorate the lives of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. The six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her teenage daughter were murdered on November 16, 1989, for speaking out against the country’s tumultuous civil war. Through work with the poor and marginalized, the Catholic Church and its leaders, including the Jesuits and now-Saint Óscar Romero, sought to address the long history of inequality and injustice in the country. 

Each year, the Teach-In connects Catholic faith and justice, addressing timely issues through two days of dynamic speakers, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. Known as the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the U.S., the gathering attracts attendees from over 130 Jesuit and other Catholic universities, high schools, parishes, and organizations in the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, Spain, and El Salvador. While all ages are represented at the event, the majority of attendees are ages 16-22.

Fourteen students and two faculty members will represent Rockhurst at the event.