Saint Peter’s Prep, the state’s only Jesuit high school, sponsors an annual, week-long summit exploring a particular social justice issue through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. This year, the Arrupe Series will focus on the topic of Masculinity. Arrupe 2015 will challenge the Prep community to reflect on and deconstruct the societal/cultural images and expectations of men. In doing so, we aim to recognize, share, and explore varying expressions of gender identity. Through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, we will empower the community to become men and women for others as intended by Fr. Arrupe, making a commitment to be in right relationship with the vulnerable and marginalized. The summit will take place from March 23-27, 2015. Click here to see the Arrupe 2015 introductory video developed by the 2015 Arrupe Week Planning Committee.
The Arrupe Series is named for Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the late superior general of the Jesuits. Arrupe charged the religious order with its modern mission of forming "men and women for and with othrs." The summit includes a community mass, a keynote address, guest speakers, curricular activities, field trips, and other opportunities to engage more deeply with the theme of Masculinity.
“Our Catholic, Jesuit faith challenges us to reflect on matters of injustice in our world and the response required from us as Catholics,” said Maura Toomb, Prep’s Director of Campus Ministry. “The goal of the Arrupe Series is to bring a specific issue of injustice to the forefront and encourage our community to engage it and to act.”
Now in its 18th year, the Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Lecture Series has hosted, among others, noted peace activist Dan Berrigan, S.J.; author Bernard Lefkowitz; death penalty activist Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ; Fr. Roy Bourgiose, founder of the School of America's Watch; Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and president of the National Urban League; Greg Boyle, S.J., of the successful anti-gang initiative Homeboy Industries; Sean Carroll, S.J. of the Kino Border Initiative; Mr. Jim Keady of Team Sweat; and Fr. Joseph Carver, SJ, of the Oregon Province.