Calling all Jesuit alumni to a World Congress in Ohio

John Carroll University in Ohio, venue for the 2017 WUJA Congress
John Carroll University in Ohio, venue for the 2017 WUJA Congress

Alumni from Jesuit schools and colleges - including those in the Britain - are being invited to Ohio to take part in the 2017 Congress of the World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA), which is being held in North America for the first time in its 60 year history.

Founded in 1956, WUJA holds an international Congress every four years to gather Jesuit friends and alumni to build international networks and affirm Jesuit-centric values for a greater good. They come from up to 50 countries worldwide and represent a global network of Jesuit ministries. Previous Congresses have been held in Burundi and Colombia, but this is the first occasion on which alumni will be assembling in the United States.

"While we gather as Jesuit alumni and friends, we will find God within and among each other," says WUJA President, Alain Deneef. "And together, we will discern how to promote peace and justice in a global and sustainable world."

Connect, learn, celebrateKeynote speaker: Fr Greg Boyle SJ (left) of Homeboy Industries

WUJA's 2017 Congress will be held from 28 June to 2 July 2017 at John Carroll University, in Cleveland, Ohio. It will gather renowned, world-class speakers committed to Uniting Our Jesuit Frontiers in the arts, business, science, law, spirituality, theology, faith and leadership, service and justice.

Among the keynote speakers will be Fr Greg Boyle SJ, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries; Fr Timothy P. Kesicki SJ, the President of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States; and Katherine Marshall, a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. Also speaking will be the former international director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Fr Peter Balleis SJ, who is now the director of Jesuit Worldwide Learning – Higher Education at the Margins (JWL), a collaborative global initiative that provides certificate and diploma programs to those who live in refugee camps and in places where higher learning is out of reach; and Chris Lowney, who chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the US's largest healthcare/hospital systems.

Alain Deneef says: "Attendees, made up of alumni and friends of Jesuit institutions, will enjoy countless opportunities to connect, learn and celebrate, providing a unique platform for participants to take shared experiences back to their country to help shape our society for the common good."

To find out more and register, visit the WUJA Congress website.