News
Why the Ignatian Family Marches for Life

By Mike Jordan Laskey 

January 18, 2019 — Last January, on an unseasonably warm Friday, I stood on a street corner in Washington, D.C., at the March for Life. Tens of thousands of people streamed by, the longest mass of humanity I’ve ever seen up close — drummers, banners and flags; chanting high school kids; seminarians praying rosaries; moms pushing strollers — stretching on and on and on.  

I had marched in the past and knew the demonstration drew a lot of people, but watching it from the side gave me a clearer sense of the crowdIt also gave me a lot of hope. 

 

I was reminded that this social justice movement working and praying for the protection of the most vulnerable people in the world  unborn children  is strong in numbers. It is full of joy and faith and youthful energy. I am so glad those who are literally voiceless have bold witnesses speaking up for them.   

Held every January in Washington since 1974, the first anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the U.S.the March for Life is attended by hundreds representing Jesuit parishes, high schools, collegesuniversities, and other institutionsThey march because of the Ignatian call to be “men and women for others.” They march because they are striving to live a faith that does justice. And they march because they see the face of Jesus in the face of each child and parent, committed to the protection of human dignity at every stage.  




Our common calling is to stand in solidarity with the unborn, the least of our brothers and sisters (Matthew 25:40), through prayer and political activism,” the Jesuits of the United States wrote in the 2018 statement on abortion, Protecting the Least Among Us. “It is our desire that Jesuits, along with their colleagues, will continue to offer a consistent message of respect for life, especially for unborn children.”  The Ignatian family joins in prayer and action with all those who march today and with all who work in the defense of human life year-round. 






Recent News

April, 2019 - Father Timothy Howe, SJ, the still-new president of Colegio San Ignacio in San Juan, Puerto Rico, writes that he finds his presence at the school both utterly surprising and not surprising at all.

April 4, 2019 — Father General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa gave a speech about the collaboration between Jesuits (and the clergy in general) with the laity in Zagreb, Croatia last month.

April 1, 2019 - On a clear, cool day in March, a small group of Jesuit colleagues made a somber journey. The group visited several locales to visit sites of significance to the early Jesuits in St. Louis and to the people enslaved by those Jesuits.

March 29, 2019 - Matthew Stewart, SJ, has been named the formation coordinator for the Alum Service Corps (ASC) for the USA Central and Southern Province. He will coordinate the summer training for new ASC teacher/mentors and plan the fall and spring retreats.

March 21, 2019 - The first-year novices of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province were on pilgrimage February 23 – March 6, 2019. Now getting apostolic experience, they have also had a chance to reflect back on the graces received. These reflections are shared here.

March 6, 2019 — Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. The Ignatian family offers a wide array of resources to guide you through the next 40 days.

March 6, 2019 - The Slavery, History, Memory and Reconciliation Project (SHMR) gained a new project coordinator. Laura Weis, Ph.D., joined the initiative in January.

view all news

Search news

Publications






Ignatian Spirituality Institute

Rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, ISI shapes participants in principles of Ignatian Spirituality through academic study and experiential formation.