Saint Peter’s Students and Staff Attend Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice 2016 in D.C.

At Capitol Hill front row from left: Jason Downer, S.J., special assistant to the vice president of mission and ministry, Jasy Lata '19 and Alexis O'Callahan '19. Back row: Aitana Libreros '18, Thu anh Ly '19, Nick Dawybida '19, Ryan Campen '19, Ondrelique Ouellette '17 and Dominick Mastrodonato '20.

At Capitol Hill front row from left: Jason Downer, S.J., special assistant to the vice president of mission and ministry, Jasy Lata ’19 and Alexis O’Callahan ’19. Back row: Aitana Libreros ’18, Thu anh Ly ’19, Nick Dawybida ’19, Ryan Campen ’19, Ondrelique Ouellette ’17 and Dominick Mastrodonato ’20.

Students and staff from the Office of Campus Ministry and Students for Peace and Justice attended the 2016 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the country. Along with 2,000 other members of Jesuit communities, the Saint Peter’s delegation spent two days networking and learning, and then put their knowledge and experience to action by lobbying on Capitol Hill with Senator Cory Booker and Senator Robert Menendez ’76 for compassionate immigration reform and criminal justice reform.

At the conference on Sunday, Anna Brown, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of political science, presented a breakout session, Nonviolence, Resistance, and Community: Daniel Berrigan, S.J. and Our Life Together. Before lobbying, Aitana Libreros ’18 offered a reflection on the need for compassionate, holistic immigration reform.