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Heroes of Justice

Women Creating the Common Good , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

This litany remembers the many women who have worked for peace and justice worldwide during the last two centuries and asks that the remembrance of these women inspire us to continue their work. Copyr...more

Abraham Johannes “A.J.” Muste: A Gentle, Nonviolent Peace Agitator , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This resource draws on the wisdom and witness of A.J. Muste, a nonviolent activist who was influential in the global pacifist movement of the mid-20th Century. Copyright © 2016, Education for Justice...more

Abraham Johannes “A.J.” Muste: An Invitation to Action, not Despair , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This two-page litany draws on the wisdom and witness of A.J. Muste, a nonviolent activist who was influential in the global pacifist movement of the mid-20th Century. Copyright © 2016, Education for ...more

Teach Me Your Way , by: Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

We pray with Pedro Arrupe, Center of Concern’s co-founder, that God can convert our hearts by meeting Christ in all those we encounter throughout our lives. Copyright © 2016, Education for Justice,...more

Jean Vanier: From Brokenness to Community , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This prayer service beautifully unfolds with the tender words of Jean Vanier, the L’Arche Communities founder. Guided by his example as a teacher, servant leader, and advocate for the dismissed in o...more

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick: Voicing Our Shared Vision and Journey , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was the Archbishop of Washington from 2000 to 2006 and has been outspoken on the topics of interreligious dialogue and the value and dignity of the poor and marginalized. C...more

Anne Frank: A Symbol of Hope , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This litany uses quotes from the diary of Anne Frank, a young Holocaust victim who was sent to a concentration camp where she died in March 1945. Copyright © 2016 Education for Justice, a project of ...more

Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J.: A Prophet of Peace and a Poet of Justice

In this reflection, we celebrate the life of Daniel Berrigan, S.J., poet and prophet, who committed his life to justice and peace. May Fr. Berrigan's prophetic spirit continue to burn brightly an...more

Medgar Evers: A Voice for Liberty and Justice , by: Anna Misleh

United States Civil Rights hero Medgar Evers was martyred for his involvement with the fight to end segregation in the South. This reflection includes a brief bio and reflection questions to guide dis...more

Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Leaders and Peacemakers , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This prayer service honors the Asian Americans who, over the past century, have been activists, artists, heroes, and persons for others. Copyright © 2016 Education for Justice, a project of Center of...more

Embracing Peter Maurin’s Vision of Justice and Equality , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

The life of Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, is prayerfully told through this prayer service. Copyright © 2016 Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern. ...more

Celebrating “The Mass on the World” with Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., is regarded as one of the foremost thinkers of our time. His spiritual writings on humanity, the universe, and God are entwined together in this prayer service based ...more

Remembering Cardinal Joseph Bernardin , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

Based on Cardinal Bernardin’s personal reflections, this prayer service remembers this compassionate, humble, and strong servant leader. Copyright © 2016, Education for Justice, a project of Center...more

Charlene Teters: We Are Not Your Mascots , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

Charlene Teters is an activist from the Spokane Nation who has defended the human dignity of Native peoples and led nonviolent resistance to oppose the use of Native American symbols as mascots in spo...more

Remembering Rutilio Grande García, S.J. , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

Fr. Rutilio Grande walked with the poor and marginalized Salvadoran people and is said to have inspired Monseñor Óscar Romero to become another voice for the oppressed people of El Salvador. This pr...more

Grace Heard Singing: Sister Thea Bowman , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

This resource is an introduction to the gifts Sr. Thea Bowman shared with the Church as she embodied the joy and celebration of African American worship. Copyright © 2016-2017, Education for Justice,...more

Remembering Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J., a great missionary, a man on fire promoted compassion through structural change. He was a pioneer in urging the combination of pastoral concern, biblical reflection, and soc...more

A Thousand Paper Cranes: The Story of Sadako Sasaki , by: Anna Misleh

Learn the story of the little girl named Sadako who was affected by the Hiroshima bombing in Japan and folded 1,000 paper cranes for peace in our world. This reflection also includes instructions on h...more

Film Discussion Guide: He Named Me Malala , by: Anna Misleh

This film discussion guide highlights the life of Malala Yousafzai and her global work for girl’s education.   Copyright © 2015, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern. ...more

Stephen Bantu Biko

This backgrounder explores the life of Stephen Bantu Biko, an anti-Apartheid activist in South Africa most known for the development of the Black Consciousness movement. Copyright © 2015, Education f...more