About Lane Center

The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition advances the scholarship and application of the Catholic intellectual and Ignatian traditions in the church and society with an emphasis on social concerns. Drawing upon the rich diversity of the university, the San Francisco Bay Area and the international Society of Jesus, we support research, teaching and action to promote and engage Catholic social thought especially in response to contemporary issues.

Sponsored Publications & Events

  • Beyond Borders: Reflections on the Resistance & Resilience Among Immigrant Youth and Families

  • Beyond Borders: Book Discussion and Reflections from the Kino Border Initiative (Sep. 2019) featured reflections and research on migration from USF faculty and staff committed to solidarity across borders. We celebrated the Lane Center’s newest volume, Beyond Borders: Reflections on the Resistance and Resilience Among Immigrant Youth & Families, which captures testimonies, best practices, and methods on how to respond to the realities of global migration. We also heard from a recent delegation of nine USF faculty and staff who visited the US/Mexico border through the Kino Border Initiative. Watch the recording.
  • Sanctuary as Love of Neighbor Event | 2017 

Resources and Partnerships 

Sponsored Publications

"Integrating Ecology and Justice in a Changing Climate"

Drawing on Jesuit values as well as perspectives from disciplines across the humanities and sciences, this volume is oriented toward care for the people, communities, and ecosystems that make up our common home. Caring for our planetary home means responding to the multifaceted challenges of the current historical moment. As unprecedented changes are happening around the planet, the climate emergency poses an existential threat to humankind and to all life on Earth. This is a problem of survival and sustainability, but it is also more than that. It raises questions about justice. Ecological destruction cannot be adequately understood without addressing the systemic inequalities of social systems, and likewise, those inequalities cannot be understood apart from their ecological context. Engaging with a wide range of topics, from Pope Francis to Zen Buddhism, from the Global North to the Global South, from personal practice to systemic change, Integrating Ecology and Justice in a Changing Climate provides tools for thinking through these complex issues and facilitating the emergence of healthy, convivial, contemplative, and just ways of being in the world. 

Featured Event

Valuing Lives, Healing Earth: Religion, Gender and Life on Earth | Apr 2022

Conversation and celebration of the book, Valuing Lives, Healing Earth: Religion, Gender, and Life on Earth with scholars and editors, Lilian Dube (USF), Teresia Hinga (Santa Clara), Sarah E. Robinson (Pacific Lutheran), and Theresa Yugar (CSU LA). 

Archive of Events

To view any previous events hosted by the Lane Center, please click here.

Resources and Partnerships 

Sponsored Publications 

Catholic Identity in Context: Vision and Formation for the Common Good

Featured Event

Black Catholic History Month (November)

    2021 (Held during February 2022) Justice Martin Jenkins and Timothy Alan Simon, Esq.


    

Archive of Events

To view any previous events hosted by the Lane Center, please click here

Resources and Partnerships 

Women and the Catholic Social Tradition: A Dialogue on Social Justice, Women, and Catholicism

As part of a three-year initiative and book project on women and Catholic social thought, the Lane Center has created this blog to highlight a cross-generational dialogue on gender, faith and justice.