Saint Peter’s Prep, the state’s only Jesuit high school, will sponsor a week-long summit exploring urban violence through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching. This year, the Arrupe Series will go beyond sensationalist headlines and examine violence in American cities as a symptom of poverty, lack of resources, and systemic racial injustice. The summit will take place from March 24-28, 2014.
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, break-out sessions, curricular activities, field trips, and service opportunities revolving around the theme of Urban Violence.
“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 17th 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; Mr. Jim Keady of Team Sweat; and Fr. Joseph Carver, SJ, of the Oregon Province.