Saint Peter’s Prep, the state’s only Jesuit high school, will sponsor a week-long summit exploring environmental justice through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching that will feature, among others, Fr. Joseph Carver, SJ of the Oregon Province. The summit will take place during the week of April 15-19.
Carver, an alumnus of Jesuit education, is the associate pastor of St. Francis Xavier parish in Missoula, MT. Carver grew up on a farm and has said that his deep agrarian roots contribute to his passion for combining ecology and spirituality. He used to teach at Seattle Prep Jesuit High School, where "Ecology, Ethics, and the Environment" was one of his courses.
Fr. Carver will speak as part of Saint Peter’s Prep’s annual Arrupe Lecture Series, 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 others.” The summit includes a community mass, Fr. Carver's keynote address, field trips and service opportunities revolving around environmental justice, and curriculum.
“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 14th year, the Pedro Arrupe 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; and Mr. Jim Keady of Team Sweat.