Lane Center Staff

Erin Brigham


Erin Brigham 

Erin Brigham has taught Catholic theology and social thought at the University of San Francisco since 2008. She completed her PhD at the Graduate Theological Union with her dissertation on the implications of Jürgen Habermas's critical theory on ecumenical dialogue. Her current research focuses on theological questions that emerge in moments of dialogue especially ecumenism, contemporary Catholic ecclesiology, and religion in the public sphere. Recent publications include: See, Judge, Act: Catholic Social Teaching and Service Learning (Anselm Academic, 2013), Sustaining the Hope for Unity: Ecumenical Dialogue in a Post-modern World (Liturgical Press, 2012), “Women’s Voices as Critical Resources for Reading the Signs of the Times,” in The Church in the Modern World Fifty Years After Gaudium et Spes: Reading the Signs of the Times, Erin Brigham, ed. (Lexington Press, 2015), and “Women Religious and the Public Voice of Catholicism,” in The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Vol 31/2 (2015).  VIEW ERIN'S FULL PROFILE

George Williams


George Williams 

George Williams, SJ was born in New Haven, CT and graduated from Syracuse University in 1979 with a dual degree in Political Science and Communications. He served 5 years as an Air Force Officer in Alaska, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. He spent a year in Nome, AK working as the rock show DJ and news editor for KNOM, a Jesuit-founded radio station serving the people of Western Alaska. It was in Alaska that he met Jesuits for the first time and was inspired by them to join the Society of Jesus. After Nome, he returned to Boston and entered the Society in 1987.

After vows, he studied philosophy at Gonzaga University in Spokane for two years and then, went to Brazil for his regency assignment where he worked in a poor community in Northeastern Brazil.

He felt called to work in prison ministry, so when he returned to Boston in 1993, he went to volunteer at the Boston City Jail and was immediately hired as their Catholic Chaplain. He has been engaged in prison ministry in one form or another ever since.

While working in the Boston jail system, he earned an MSW from Boston College and then, went on to graduate theology studies at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry), in Cambridge, Mass., where he received his master's degree in divinity (M.Div.) and an MA in Spiritual Direction in 2004, the same year he was ordained to the priesthood. While in theology studies, he worked as a counselor at The Bridge House in Framingham, MA, a faith-based halfway house for ex-prisoners.

Following ordination, he worked 5 years in the MA state prison system as the Catholic Chaplain at MCI-Concord. He began a doctoral program in Criminology at Northeastern University in 2007 in Boston. He was offered the Chaplaincy at San Quentin State Prison in CA, where he has worked since 2011. While working at San Quentin, he researched, wrote and defended his doctoral thesis: “Resisting Burnout: Correctional Staff Spirituality and Resilience,” earning his Ph.D. in April 2017. He now lives at the University of San Francisco Jesuit Community and continues his work in San Quentin. He is a founding member of the Catholic Prison Ministry Coalition, established in 2018.

Kimberly Rae Connor


Kim Connor 

Kimberly Rae Connor is the author of Conversions and Visions in the Writings of African American Women (Tennessee, 1994) and Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative Tradition (Illinois, 2000), which was selected by Choice as an outstanding academic title for 2000. She has written extensively on African American religious life and cultural production and multicultural and Ignatian pedagogy. Connor has also been active as an editor for Oxford University Press and in service to the American Academy of Religion. She is a weekly field trip leader at 826 Valencia, an organization dedicated to helping children and young adults develop writing skills. Although trained in the humanities, Connor has brought to the School of Management an appreciation for how literary and philosophical inquiry can help develop the careers of students in management. She blogs for The Huffington Post on the same topic. VIEW KIMBERLY'S PROFILE

Barwendé Médard Sané, SJ


Barwende Sane

Barwendé Médard Sané, SJ is a Jesuit Priest from Burkina Faso who graduated from Santa Clara University (CA) in 2013. Before receiving an S.T.L. and Th.M. in Social Ethics from Santa Clara, he earned degrees in Theology and Philosophy from African universities. He has fourteen years of experience in African conflict regions (Democratic Republic of Congo - Chad - Ivory Coast - Central Africa Republic), including five years as director of the University Catholic Centre of Bangui, Central African Republic. He helped address the political and religious crisis, which occurred in 2013, by founding two civil organizations: Le Réseau des Volontaires de la Paix and Le Conseil National de la Non-Violence Active. In 2018, the President of Central African Republic, Faustin Archange Touadera, awarded Barwendé the honorary medal for excellence in educational programs. His research interests are in Pan-Africanism, revolutions and peace-building education. Barwendé is the author of four books largely exploring revolutions, human rights, positive change, and peace-building education: Révolution pour une Afrique Nouvelle, 151 Pyramides pour fonder les États-Unis d’Afrique, (Paris, l’Harmattan 2013), Réaliser les droits humains avec Martin Luther King, Jr., (Paris, l’Harmattan 2014); From the Inner Mountain to the Common Good with Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King, Jr., (Mauritius, Editions Croix du Salut, 2017); and Manuel d’éducation à la paix à l’usage des formateurs en Centrafrique, (Bangui, Éditions-jésuites-CCU, 2018). He is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at the School of Education, University of San Francisco (USF) and living in the USF Jesuit Community.

Juman Khweis


Juman Khweis 

Juman has been a PA at University of San Francisco since 2015. Before serving the Mission Council and Lane Center, she was a PA for graduate students in the School of Nursing & Health Professions (SONHP). She is also pursuing her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy) at the School of Education (SOE).