May 8, 2019 - Jesuits and their colleagues have new tools to help them better understand the “signs of the times” in their locales.
The Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) in New Orleans recently released reports summarizing the socio-economic conditions of nine communities in the Jesuits USA Central and Southern (UCS) Province. These fact-filled reports are being shared with Jesuit apostolates in each area.
“We hope that the reports will provide valuable background information about how our apostolates can address – either separately or together – some of the larger issues in a region, particularly those related to the recently announced Universal Apostolic Preferences of walking with the excluded and caring for creation,” said Mary Baudouin, provincial assistant for social ministries.
The project stemmed from a recommendation of the UCS Province’s Social Ministries Commission as a means of helping Jesuits, apostolates and colleagues make informed apostolic decisions. The reports focus on economic, social, political, cultural, religious and environmental realities and trends and serve as a “composition of place” for each city where the province has ministries.
Researchers relied upon data available from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI, among others.
Several JSRI staff and associates contributed to the research and preparation of the reports, including Economic Policy Specialist Dennis Kalob; Research Assistant Millicent Eib; Administrative Assistant Kelsey McLaughlin; and former JSRI Fellow Ali Bustamante. Father Fred Kammer, SJ, director of JSRI, oversaw the project. William McCormick, SJ, and Fr. Ted Arroyo, SJ, helped determine the scope and design of the reports.
The social analysis reports are available as pdfs by clinking on the links below: