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Heroes of Justice

Paulo Freire: A Capacity to Love Through Social Justice , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

Paulo Freire reminds us that to live out our vocation to become more fully human, we must engage in creative discernment and ongoing reflection on the importance of dialogue, community, and the common...more

In Gratitude for Jane Addams , by: Anna Misleh

This prayer honors Jane Addams, an early advocate of the poor and of immigrants: she was also a woman dedicated to peace who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice...more

Film Discussion Guide: Winfrey and Wiesel: Auschwitz , by: Isabella Luque

Today, we must remember again what happened in Nazi Germany. In 2005, renown author and human rights advocate Elie Wiesel returned to the Auschwitz concentration camp where he was imprisoned as a teen...more

Celebrating the Legacy of Pope Paul VI , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

Inspired by the words of Pope Paul VI, this prayer reminds us “We are all children of the same God.” Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a project of Center of Concern. ...more

Marian Wright Edelman , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

This resource profiles a remarkable woman of faith, Marian Wright Edelman, who founded and sustains the Children's Defense Fund. Her birthday is June 8th. Copyright © 2017, Education for Justice, a p...more

Naomi Klein: There Can Be No Justice Without Addressing Climate Change , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

This prayer service is based on the words of Naomi Klein, Canadian author, journalist, and film maker, known for her climate justice activism and analyses of globalization, neoliberalism, and capitali...more

Rebecca Maskia Katsuva: Turning Suffering Into Action , by: Dianna Ortiz, O.S.U.

“Mama Masika” committed her entire life to protecting and raising awareness of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This litany calls us to learn from Mama Masika’s coura...more

Film Discussion Guide: Hidden Figures , by: Jane Deren, Ph.D.

Hidden Figures tells the remarkable story of three African American women who played a significant role in the NASA launch of John Glenn, the first person to orbit the earth. This resource includes a ...more

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