Liam Egan and Brendan Walsh of Braintree, juniors at Boston College High School, together with 6 other BC High students and 3 faculty members, will join nearly 1,000 other attendees at the 15th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, DC, from November 16-18, 2012.
The Teach-In is an opportunity for Egan and Walsh and members of the Ignatian family (28 Jesuit universities, 25 Jesuit High Schools, Jesuit parishes, Jesuit volunteer communities and many other Catholic institutions) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and act for justice.
The program is sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. It is a national conference for those passionate about social justice grounded in the Catholic Social Teaching and the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Started in 1997, the Teach-in takes place in mid-November to commemorate the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. The six Jesuit priests and two companions were murdered on November 16, 1989, in El Salvador for their work advocating on behalf of the economically poor in that country.
Egan and Walsh and the group gather this year in the spirit of these Jesuit martyrs using their lives and ministry as inspiration for discovering the injustices of today and how to engage in them. The Teach-In is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked.
On Saturday evening, attendees will gather at Lower Senate Park (adjacent to Capitol Hill) for a public vigil to call attention to the importance of legislative advocacy in working for social justice and build momentum for ISN's Ignatian Family Advocacy Month in February 2013.
Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for young men founded in 1863. The school enrolls approximately 1600 students from more than 100 communities in eastern Massachusetts. For more http://www.bchigh.edu