Social Action Summer Institute at St. Joe’s University

Event details

  • Sunday | July 15, 2018 to Thursday | July 19, 2018
  • All Day
  • Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia

Social Action Summer Institute from July 15-19, 2018 | St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

What is the role of creativity in the work for social justice? That is the question animating the 31st Annual Social Action Summer Institute (SASI), which will be taking place at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia from July 15-19, 2018. Our theme draws it inspiration from a Pope Francis quote: Cultivating Creativity in Social Justice Ministry: ‘Love requires a concrete, creative response.’ – Pope Francis.

We’ll be gathering to reflect on questions like: How can beauty refresh and reinvigorate us? How can beauty help build bridges between different communities? How can creative approaches to our work bring new people in to the movement? What can the experiences of an artist working at various intersections of faith, beauty, and justice teach us about seeing things in new ways?

SASI gathers a couple hundred Catholics active in social justice work – in parishes, dioceses, universities, and other nonprofit organizations – from all over the country. The five-day program, which moves to a different location around the country each year, offers first-time participants grounding in Catholic social teaching, biblical theology, and the spirituality of social justice. Returning attendees take part in an advanced program focused on particular areas of social action ministry.

Please consider joining us! Scholarships are available.

Some of our confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Kate Hennessy, author and granddaughter of Dorothy Day
  • Bishop Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento
  • Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS, artist
  • Steve Prince, artist
  • Caroline Brennan, senior communications officer, Catholic Relief Services
  • Zac Davis and Ashley McKinless, hosts of America Media’s Jesuitical podcast
  • Ralph McCloud, Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  • Bishop Edward Deliman, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Bishop Dennis Sullivan, Diocese of Camden

Plus lots and lots of breakout sessions to choose from!

SASI is planned jointly with national partners at Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA and with the support of the US bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, and Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Any questions, contact Mike Laskey in our diocese.