Social Apostolate

LATIN AMERICA

CEPAG, Paraguay. It is a non-governmental organization created in 1967. Dedicated to research, education and social action, to promote justice and intercultural dialogue from its vision of faith. Areas of intervention. Through projects, it seeks to boost the production of small producers with an agro-ecological approach.

Jesuitas Provincia Argentino-Uruguay. We are very aware that faith demands justice. The proclamation of the Gospel commits us to building a more just and more human world for all. All our works the social dimension is fundamental and in them we seek to build bridges between the different social sectors, we promote volunteering and we seek to engage in solidarity and promotion actions directed towards the most humble sectors.

Jesuitas, Brasil. The Social Apostolate is an essential part of the mission of the Society of Jesus. In addition to the field of education, research, pastoral care and spirituality, the Order of Jesuits is recognized by important and successful initiatives in the social field, both in social assistance and, in a broader perspective, in the commitment to promotion of social and environmental justice.

Jesuitas, Chile. As our Social Apostolate we understand all the activities and works that seek to achieve structural transformations of society in order to contribute to making them more just and fraternal. Our mission includes the commitment to social justice, taking care of the diverse cultural dimensions of life in society, because we believe that this constitutes a principal tool of reconciliation between human beings and between them and God.

Fe y Alegría Ecuador was established on June 29, 1964 and is defined as an International Movement of Integral Popular Education and Social Promotion, based on the Christian values ​​of justice, freedom, participation, fraternity, respect for diversity and solidarity; directed to the impoverished and excluded population, to contribute to the transformation of societies.

CEFASA, Santiago whose abbreviations represent Center of Formation and Social and Agrarian Action, is a non-profit institution founded by the Company of Jesus in 1963. CEFASA’s reason for being, at the time of its foundation, consisted of two missions: that of the Jesuit Service, which was based on working with the Dominican peasants; and that of the Church, which was based on offering social training courses.

Hogar de Cristo, Ecuador together with its partners Blue Concept and Housing for the Homeless, promotes and develops alternatives for fish production and family farming aimed at improving the quality of life in vulnerable sectors.

CCAIJO, Peru is defined as an entity of service and accompaniment of the population, which provides training, technical support and is a facilitator of processes conducive to generating changes in the vision and management of the development of the province of Quispicanchi and the Cusco region. Contribute to the increase of income and the empowerment of the population, improving the capacities and conditions of production, productivity, commercialization and competitiveness. Promote the management of a healthy and sustainable environment.

IMCA,Columbia. We are a non-governmental organization guided by the Society of Jesus and since 1962 we have been accompanying the most needy peasant communities in the center of Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Our prospective and strategic vision is focused on sustainability. We understand sustainability, as the search and construction of integral alternatives of life that allow the coexistence of cultures with natural and social processes, always thinking about future generations.

AUSJAL, Venezuela. Strengthen the network articulation of its associates in order to promote the integral formation of the students, the continuous formation of the academics and collaborators, in the Christian inspiration and Ignatian identity, the research that influences in public policies, in the subjects that they are proper as Jesuit universities, and collaboration with other networks or sectors of the Society of Jesus. All this as a realization of the work of universities at the service of faith, the promotion of justice and care for the environment.

 

FORMENTO, Mexico. Promote community and collective initiatives alternatives to the neoliberal system, from the sociocultural reality of indigenous peoples and workers, to collaborate in the formation of a just, democratic, multicultural and pluriethnic nation, in harmonious coexistence with nature.

 

CEDAL, Colombia. mission is to bring about an integral human development with emphasis on educational communication to sectors of the population least advantaged and interested in the evangelizing transformation of Colombian society. CEDAL performs its areas of action with a pedagogical orientation towards a participatory and community democratization, according to historical demands and Christian ethical values.

The Pignatelli Center, Spain would not be possible outside the social, economic, environmental and political world and local reality, which condition all human life, and where the structural causes of injustice, poverty, violence and inequality are born.

Centro de Investigación y Servicio Popular (CISEP), Bolivia – is a non-profit Civil Association with Legal Entity No. 396/99, founded on the initiative of the Society of Jesus on June 18, 1984 and domiciled in the City of Oruro – Bolivia , that develops its activities with mining and urban sectors of the Department of Oruro since 1984.

 

Arakuaarenda, Bolivia. We are a work of the Company of Jesus, created in 1986, with the purpose of training youth and adults of the Bolivian Chaco Guarani for organic strengthening and cultural reaffirmation. As a result, several of our students participated in the founding of the Assembly of the Guaraní People (APG) in 1987 and others, in the course of these years have come to hold positions in their organizations or at different levels of government.

EUROPE

Jesuit European Social Center. As a work of the Jesuit Conference of European Provincials, JESC expresses the commitment of the Society of Jesus to a Europe where human rights, freedom and solidarity are the foundation of integration.

Jesuites, Belgium. The social apostolate of the Society of Jesus has this conviction that everyone is called to have a place in society. This conviction is inhabited by our faith that every human being counts for God. Also, Jesuits seek to promote an inclusive approach to welcome everyone and to implement social diversity.

Irish Jesuit Missions (IJM), Ireland, is a registered charity that supports development partners in Africa, Cambodia, China and the Near East. We work with people who are marginalised, disadvantaged and living in poverty.

 

ASIA PACIFIC

Jesuit Social Services, Australia are a social change organisation working to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential.  They partner with community to support those most in need. They work to change policies, practices, ideas and values that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion.

Jesuit Mission, Australia is the non-profit development and relief organisation engaging the ministries of the Jesuits and broader networks domestically and overseas. For over 60 years, they have worked to inspire social justice, support community needs  and empower through education. They promote environmental sustainability and social development in marginalised locations, most recently in Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Myanmar.

Jesuit Refugee Service, Australia is an international Catholic organisation with a mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. They undertake services at national and regional levels with the support of an international office in Rome. Their programs are found in 50 countries, providing assistance to refugees in camps and cities, individuals displaced within their own countries, asylum seekers in cities (urban refugees) and people held in detention centres.

Jesuit Service Cambodia, Forests in Cambodia are being rapidly destroyed as urbanization and development proceed at an ever faster pace. In the process of development, consideration of environmental destruction has been entirely and comprehensively excluded from consideration by entrepreneurial and governmental forces. Sadly, the most damaged industry from the endemic environmental destruction is the primary industry that the livelihoods of the local poor are based upon. The ecology program seeks to serve these poor people.

Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang, Cambodia. The diocese analyzes the problems of the Cambodian population from a global point of view and a macro perspective but responds individually, in a micro perspective. This response to the needs of each person requires a high level of flexibility.In Cambodia the cultivation of rice and the harvest lasts between six and seven months. The different activities include: preparing the land, planting the rice, transplantation and harvest; and later drying and storing it.

Jesuit Social Apostolate, Japan. The priorities of the Japan Province Social Apostolate Committee for the past 10 years have been: (1) migration (2) marginalization (3) psychological distress (social exclusion) (4) ecological issues (5) peace building.

 

Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC), Phils  is a Jesuit research and training institute that promotes environmental sustainability and social justice through the integration of scientific methodologies and social processes and that networks across the Asia Pacific region in moving an agenda of science for sustainability.

The Institute of Social Order (ISO, Phils has continued in its work as one of the social apostolates of the Society of Jesus. It is a non-government organization armed with a mission to uphold the rights and dignity of the poor and marginalized. Presently, ISO has been working with small municipal fishers, the sector considered to be the poorest of the poor in the country.

John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues, Phils JJCICSI’s work is strategically focused on empowering local actors as a core component of its research and advocacy involvement. The Institute has also ventured into developing projects that benefit the urban and rural poor, women, and children.

Philippine Jesuit Prison Service (PJPS) seeks to enflesh a “faith that does justice” by ministering to the prison community of the Bureau of Corrections. PJPS is a community of Jesuit and lay partners who share in the mission of Christ through prison ministry. Imbued with Ignatian Spirituality, it is an effective agent in promoting and working towards holistic rehabilitation of incarcerated individuals and their families.

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), Phils then known as the Namfrel Marines, began in 1986 during the EDSA Revolution as a network of the religious, individuals, and groups that aimed at safeguarding ballots and ensuring clean and credible elections. It developed as a non-profit organization, under the guidance of the Society of Jesus in the Philippines, with the mission of upholding and promoting social justice through its good governance advocacy and disaster risk reduction and management programs.

Jesuit Volunteers Philippines Foundation Inc. (JVPFI), Phils engages in nation-building by recruiting, training and sending volunteers for a year of service to marginalized communities and areas with the greatest need. Jesuit volunteers empower these communities as teachers, formators, community organizers, or enterprise development officers assigned to under-resourced schools, parishes, and NGOs across the country.

Jesuit Social Service – Timor-Leste. Promoting integral community development where the cultures and identities of the people are respected and promoted, empowering the poor to become self-sustaining. Fostering humanization of life where all people especially women, youth, and children are included, their basic needs are met and they are able to live their lives to the full through agricultural and livelihood projects, training and mentoring for entrepreneurial and related functional skills, and public health development.

SOUTH ASIA

Jesuits in Social Action (JESA) South Asia Secretariat was formally initiated in 1973 to assist the Major Superiors to translate the faith – justice mandate of GC 32 into action in all the ministries and in particular in social action ministry of the Society of Jesus. The primary function of JESA is to encourage and elicit well-studied and analyzed responses and interventions from Jesuits and collaborates in favour of and with the marginalized groups and communities.

Ranchi Jesuit Society, India. Ranchi Province was created at a time when the growth and expansion of the mission was in progress not only through the establishment of new parishes, educational institutions and political proliferation of the Christian tribal community, but also through the social interventions of the Missionaries

Delhi Jesuits, India. The Delhi Province has six Social Service Centers – Jaipur, Bhiwadi, Ropar, Almora, Jehangirpuri (Delhi), and Shahabad (Delhi).  Shahabad and Jaipur have accredited Vocational Institutes (by NIOS – Delhi) also.

Patna Jesuit. Tarumitra Ashram, being a center for concerted action, regularly organizes workshops, eco-exposure programs, Eco-retreats and Ecological campaigns.

 

 

USA

The mission of the Office of Justice and Ecology (OJE) is to help the president and provincials of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States reflect the Jesuits’ work for reconciliation on issues such as immigration and economic, criminal, juvenile and environmental justice.

Jesuit Social Research Institute works to transform the Gulf South through action research, analysis, education, and advocacy on the core issues of poverty, race, and migration. The Institute is a collaboration of Loyola University New Orleans and the Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, rooted in the faith that does justice.

 

Eco-Spirituality. Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Jesuits will share monthly stories that feature ways Jesuits, lay collaborators and our ministries are responding to the call of Pope Francis to care for our common home.  Any ministry may contribute a story. The Provinces hope to share uplifting experiences that encourage each of us to act justly and compassionately.

 

Center of Concern, USA. The Center’s strategy for executing this mission is to add value by engaging with public and private centers of influence through an integrated model of social enterprise that seeks global transformation for social justice in core competencies of social justice education; global financial systems and human rights; global women’s issues; sustainable development; strategic governance, principled leadership, and philanthropy; and related areas.

 

AFRICA and MADAGASCAR

JESAM Social Apostolate was created in April 2005 to constitute a platform of exchange of experience, lesson learnt, and encourage concerted actions that focus on social issues that face Africa and Madagascar. The rationale is to build a sense of direction, and provide necessary guidance, encouragement and support to the Apostolate, lay down coordinating structures and networking and facilitate/assist the social Apostolate to be rooted in the Ignatian Spirituality.

Silveira House, Jesuit Social Justice and Development Centre is a Catholic Church based organisation named after the first Jesuit priest to come to Zimbabwe in the 16th century (Gonzales da Silveira). It was founded in 1964 by Fr John Dove SJ.

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) carries its mission of accompanying, serving and advocating on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in over 51 countries, including Islamic and non-Christian countries

 

 

JRS Eastern Africa provides assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in camps and cities, as well as individuals displaced within their own countries. The main areas of work are in the field of education, emergency assistance, livelihood activities and social services. JRS started working in Africa in the early 1980s. One of the earliest commitments was in Ethiopia, providing food, shelter and medical aid to thousands of people displaced within their own country by war and famine.

Campagnie de Jesus, Madagascar. The social and ecological apostolate is part of the evangelizing mission of the Society of Jesus. In the context of globalization and according to the directives of GC 35, the proclamation of faith and the promotion of justice call us to evangelize culture, taking up the challenge of establishing a “just relationship with God, others people and creation “. This apostolate has received a new orientation since the 35 ° CG: the opening to the new borders. “Globalization, technology and environmental issues have challenged our traditional boundaries and made us more aware that we share a common responsibility for the well-being of the world and its sustainable and life-giving development.”