Upcoming Events


  • December 1st | 12:00PM-1:00PM PST | via Zoom
    Women Shaping the Catholic Social Tradition: Marie Dennis on Catholic Nonviolence
    Nonviolent Courage: Witness of the Martyrs in El Salvador

    The four US churchwomen who were killed in El Salvador in 1980 lived the virtue of nonviolence in the midst of horrific violence, accompanying the Salvadoran people whose faith and courage helped to create a beloved community. Their witness offers powerful inspiration for the paradigm shift from violence to nonviolence that our world so desperately needs now.

    Marie Dennis is is senior advisor to the secretary general of Pax Christi International, the
    global Catholic peace movement, and program chair of Pax Christi’s Catholic Nonviolence
    Initiative. She was co-president of Pax Christi International from 2007 to 2019 and is a Pax
    Christi USA Teacher of Peace. Marie was one of the primary organizers of two conferences
    on nonviolence and just peace (2016 and 2019) that were cosponsored by the Vatican and
    Pax Christi International. She is author or co-author of seven books, editor of Choosing
    Peace: The Catholic Church Returns to Gospel Nonviolence (Orbis Books, 2017) and co-
    editor of Advancing Nonviolence in the Church and the World (Pax Christi International
    2020). Register for the Zoom event here

  • February 9-11, 2023 | McLaren Conference Complex
    Prophetic Communities: Organizing as an Expression of Catholic Social Thought
    For more information and to register

Conference Agenda:

Thursday February 9th 

4:00 to 5:00pm


5:00 to 6:00pm

Opening Liturgy

6:00 to 7:00pm

Welcome by Fr. Paul Fitzgerald, SJ


Plenary 1: Why Organizing?

Sr. Cheryl Liske, OP, Gamaliel National Network

Nicholas Hayes-Mota, Teaching Fellow, Boston College and Organizer, GBIO

Bob Fambrini, SJ, 

Pastor, St. Francis Xavier Parish; Board Member FIA

Ogechi Akalegbere, Leader, Action in Montgomery

Moderated by Tere Flores, Co-Director of Movement Development, Laudato Si’ Movement

Friday February 10th 

8:30-9:00 am Breakfast

9:00 to 10:00 am

Plenary 2: Organizing and Synodality

Austin Ivereigh, Co-author of Let Us Dream: the Path to a Better Future with Pope Francis

Moderated by Cecilia Flores, Sacramento ACT & Action Planning Chair, USCCB Journeying Together Initiative

10:15 to 11:30am

Breakout Conversations

11:30am to 1:30pm


1:30 to 2:45pm


Organizing and Ministerial Formation
Mary Lim-Lampe, Rev. Ray Pickett

Teaching Organizing Through a Catholic Lens
Joseph Fleming, Ana Garcia-Ashley

Labor Organizing in Catholic Tradition
Ken Homan, SJ, Clete Kiley

Laudato Si’ as an Organizing Project
Tere Flores, Dan Misleh

Nonviolent Strategy

Eli McCarthy 

3:00 to 4:15pm

Breakout Conversations

4:15 to 5:00pm

Coffee Break

5:00 to 6:00pm


6:00 to 7:00pm

Plenary 3: Organizing and Theology

Lorena Melgarejo, Director Faith in Action Bay Area

Jeremy Cruz, 

Associate Professor of Theology, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Timothy McManus, Senior Organizer, IAF

Saturday, February 11th 

8:30-9:00 am Breakfast 

9:00 to 9:45pm

Concluding Panel

Mary Novak, Executive Director, Network Catholic Lobby Group

Ralph McCloud, Executive Director Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Tony Pizzo, OSA

Provincial of the Midwest Augustinians

9:45 to 11:30pm

Small Group Listening and Discernment

11:30 to 12:30pm

Closing Liturgy

  • May 4, 2023 | 5:30pm-6:30pm PST | Fromm Hall 120, Xavier Auditorium
    Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism with Jonathan Tran, PhD

Previous Events

Love in Religion: A Conversation with 3 Oxford Scholars | Sept. 2022

Moderated by Dr. Cyrus P. Olsen, III, Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought, three scholars from the University of Oxford involved in the Program for the Study of Love in Religion: Revd Professor Paul S. Fiddes, FBA, Dr. Minlib Dallh, OP, and Dr. Tareq Moqbel shared their research with our community here at USF.

Inaugural Latinx Heritage Lecture on Religion and Public Life: Queer God de Amor with Miguel Diaz | Sept. 2022

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, with a presentation from Miguel H. Diaz, author of Queer God De Amor (Fordham University Press, 2022). Sponsored by The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition, Theology and Religious Studies Department, University Ministry, Latin@ & Chican@ Studies, & Gender and Sexuality Studies. Recording of this event can be accessed here

Navigating Health Decisions in Uganda: Ancestral Relationships & Catholic Social Thought | Oct. 2022
Presented by: Dr. Cyrus P. Olsen, III, Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought

How do the fields of neurology, philosophy, and theology converge when considering behavioral health patterns in Uganda?  Join a lunch-time conversation about healthcare and the humanities.  Our Lo Schiavo Chair for ’22-’23, Dr. Cyrus P. Olsen III, D.Phil. (Oxon.), shall share his research and welcome feedback concerning the new three-year Templeton-funded collaboration with Amar Dhand, M.D., D.Phil. (Oxon.) and Ian Marcus Corbin, PhD and their Neurology Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School (a precis of the research will be shared with participants in advance to optimize conversation about the work).  Together with our Ugandan research council, we are using a philosophical framework provided by Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age (2007) to distinguish among worldviews, hence our working title: “Buffering, Porosity, and Brain Health in Uganda and the USA.”  Religiously-inclined humans remain open to the idea that what is beyond immediate empirical comprehension may still influence human life and health.  More empirically-inclined humans set stricter boundaries of what influences our lives.  At times, worldviews of these kinds compete for our attention.  We are looking at the ways community beliefs impact health-seeking behavior among Ugandans, especially beliefs about the ancestors presumed still to be influencing health and well-being.


Celebrating Black Catholic History Month: “Go In the Wilderness: The Call to Prophetic Witness” with Joseph Brown, S.J. | NOV. 2022

Black Catholics were given the mandate to evangelize themselves, in the Pastoral Letter, “What We Have Seen and Heard,” written by the Black Bishops of the United States in 1984. Nearly 40 years later, what does such evangelization look like? For Black Catholics, what do we understand to be “prophetic witness”? Even more importantly, what would be the “wilderness” of our time — the wilderness that the great Black Sacred Song urges us to encounter? A copy of this recording can be accessed here


Searching for Home in the New World: The Philosophy and Neuroscience of Belonging in America With Dr. Ian Corbin | Nov. 2022

No one person can make a world alone. Each of us develops our sense of what is true and false, good and bad, important and trivial, imperative and forbidden, in a constant feedback loop with other humans. To remove us from these loops is to court the disintegration of these worlds, first in loneliness, and at the far end, insanity. Long standing arguments to this effect, from philosophers like Aristotle, Hegel and Husserl have now been given granular texture and strong reinforcement by the findings of modern science. Actually, though, we want more than a simply coherent world in which to live and work and love. We want to be at home in the world, embedded in a place where we truly belong. Most of us get small glimpses of thorough-going at-homeness in peak experiences of contemplation, sex, prayer, friendship, aesthetic rapture, intoxication, communal ritual, etc. But there is variation: some cultures seem to place their inhabitants in closer or further proximity to home. Contemporary America stands out as a culture which seems hell-bent on inculcating a vision of the world in which one can never be at home. Our spiritual indigence powers the most prosperous economy the world has ever seen, and now threatens to dissolve our union in a slow, sad, angry process of disintegration and alienation. The situation is urgent. But any conversation about what is to be done must begin with a deep assessment of what in the world is going on in twenty-first century America. A copy of this presentation can be accessed here

"To Recover the Land Is To Recover Everything!”: The Decolonizing Model of Education of the Misak People of Colombia | Nov. 2022

Misak educators and activists will speak in-person about decolonizing education in the context of Colombia. Sponsored by Joan & Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition, Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice, University Ministry, and the School of Education, USF Center for Humanizing Education & Research (C-HER), the Miner Anderson Family Foundation and the Center for Empowering Refugees & Immigrants (CERI). 

Ignatian Year Conversation: Finding God in all things | Apr. 2022

University of San Francisco Professors, Mark Miller and Joseph Nguyen, SJ discuss Ignatian spirituality and religious experience within the context of the Ignatian Year

Valuing lives and Healing earth: Religion, gender and life on earth | apr. 2022

Conversation with authors and editors of  Valuing Lives, Healing Earth: Religion, Gender and Life on Earth featuring Lilian Dube (University of San Francisco), Teresia Hinga (Santa Clara University), Sarah E. Robinson (Pacific Lutheran University), and Theresa Yugar (California State University, Los Angeles). This volume highlights women advocates globally committed to gender and ecological justice in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Featuring scholars concerned with the intersections of religion, environment, and gender, their labor and collaborative solidarity, grounded in love,  give us a realistic hope for the future. 

Decolonizing the academy: Strategies for authentic engagement with tribal communities | Apr. 2022

Professor Joely Proudfit, PhD provided insight into how University faculty, staff, and administrators can build relationships with tribal communities based on principles of responsibility, reciprocity, and respect. She discussed practices and protocols to support authentic engagement based on lessons learned through
her work in the California State University and California Community College systems.

Discerning Dialogue: Women, the diaconate, and a synodal Church | Mar. 2022

In the spirit of continuing as a listening, discerning Church, co-hosted by the St. Ignatius Parish and Discerning Deacons, reflect ed upon the ancient history of ordained women deacons and recognized how women are answering the call to serve the church today in this moment of a global synod, and how it relates to the vision for the diaconate and for the church. 

Justice Martin Jenkins and Trustee Timothy Simon: A Conversation on Faith, Justice, and Community | Feb. 2022

Justice Jenkins and Trustee Timothy Simon honor the history and experiences of Black Catholics in this fireside conversation on faith, justice and community. Moderated by USF Trustee Naomi Kelly.

Place-based Social Justice: California Indian Experiences |dec. 2021

Nicole Myers-Lim will discuss contemporary relationships between California's Indigenous communities and the Catholic Church, with a focus on how USF's social justice work can be connected to justice for California Indians. As a Jesuit-educated Native person, Myers-Lim will discuss the need for historical correction, the on-going challenges in Church-Indian relations, and other issues related to this work.

women & CST - Faith at work: translating tradition into action|Dec. 2021

Join the Lane Center for our annual Women and Catholic Social Thought event. The goal of this event is to honor the women who have shaped CST and exercised leadership in Catholicism, while also challenging the ways they have been excluded.

This webinar will feature Sister Mary Haddad, President of the Catholic Health Association. Haddad, a Sister of Mercy, is an advocate for healthcare as a common good and human right. Titled Faith at Work: Translating Tradition into Action, her presentation will explore the influence that religious congregations of women have had on the social ministries of the Catholic Church and how Catholic social tradition has shaped and continues to permeate institutional ministries. Particular attention will be given to the Catholic health ministry.

renewing the earth speaker series: eco-spirituality and gratitude| nov. 2021

In the year of St. Ignatius and amidst the Laudato Si Action Plan rollout, the Lane Center is hosting a speaker series on pertinent themes related to integral ecology. USF’s Kim Carfore will present and then guide a meditation on Eco-Spirituality and Gratitude, exploring how our spirituality can foster a greater sense of appreciation for our natural world. How can faith promote a healthier relationship with nature? How does this relate to other issues we face as a global community striving for justice? Join us for this important conversation.

Renewing the Earth Speaker Series: Biodiversity and God in All Things | OCT. 2021

In the year of St. Ignatius and amidst the Laudato Si Action Plan rollout, the Lane Center is hosting a speaker series on pertinent themes related to integral ecology. Cecilia Titizano will present and guide a reflection on Biodiversity and God in All Things, exploring the intersectionality of biodiversity, social and environmental justice, and faith. How can faith promote a healthier relationship with nature? How does this relate to other issues we face as a global community striving for justice? Join us for this important conversation.

Integrating Ecology and Justice in a Changing Climate Book Launch | SEPT. 2021

The negative impact human systems are having on the environment and communities are better understood with each passing day. It is no longer a question of if we need to respond but how.

Edited by Sam Mickey and published by the Lane Center, Integrating Ecology and Justice in a Changing Climate forwards and engages with ideas pertinent to the climate crisis and the need to make sustainable and just transitions. 

Please join us to celebrate the book and continue the conversation with the USF faculty who contributed to this timely volume: Gerard KuperusSam MickeyVijaya Nagarajan, and Brian Dowd-Uribe. Short presentations on the topics of integral ecology, post-slow growth, the climate commons, and Buddhist eco spirituality will be followed by a Q & A session with the audience.

View the Recording of the Webinar


Kerry Robinson, global ambassador for the Leadership Roundtable, is passionate about fostering gender equity in the Church and reimagining structures to promote inclusive participation and transparent leadership. Kerry spoke on the topic of Women and the Church. Watch the recording.


Does the notion of #BlackLivesMatter have any theological relevance for the Church today? If so, why does it seem like Church leaders are so silent about what catalyzed this movement in the first place? In honor of Black Catholic History Month, Dr. Shawnee Daniels-Sykes addressed these questions. Watch the recording.


This annual event honors the memory of Sr. Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U., Sr. Ita Ford, M.M., Sr. Maura Clarke, M.M., and lay missionary, Jean Donovan – four Catholic women murdered on December 2, 1980 in El Salvador. By exercising an uncompromising commitment to the poor during the Salvadoran civil war, these women embody a radical commitment to faith and social justice. This series commemorates their witness and lifts up the Catholic sisters and lay women who continue to shape the Catholic social tradition. Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK, was the keynote speaker for this event on November 29, 2018.