Five Spring Hill College students and one faculty adviser will join over 1,800 individuals at the 19th Annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice from November 12 - 14, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The gathering provides opportunities for attendees to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate in the context of the Catholic faith tradition. A significant portion of attendees are ages 16 - 22, representing Jesuit and other Catholic institutions from across the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and El Salvador. Sadie Bonilla ’17, Iriel Evans ’19, Paige Guillory ’17, Claire Oswald ‘17 and Lydia Wilson ’17 along with faculty adviser Billy Kavula, Campus Minister for Liturgy and Music, will attend the Teach-In.
The 2016 Teach-In theme, “Mercy in Action,” will mark the closing days of Pope Francis’s Year of Mercy, inviting participants to follow the Pope’s suggestion to “grow in a love which is courageous, generous and real.” The program is sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Kavula, going on his tenth year of involvement with the program, said “This experience is truly the best opportunity to be immersed in the many justice issues that the Society of Jesus is working on throughout the world.”
Initiated in 1997 in Columbus, Georgia, the Teach-In commences yearly in mid-November to commemorate the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador. The six Jesuit priests and their two companions were murdered on November 16, 1989 for speaking out against the country’s tumultuous civil war. The Teach-In relocated from Georgia to Washington, D.C. in 2010 in response to the growing interest in legislative advocacy and accompanying educational opportunities.
Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third-oldest Jesuit college in the United States. Spring Hill combines the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education and a commitment to caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit – with innovative educational experiences. Located in Mobile, Ala., Spring Hill’s mission is to form leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life. As a result, Spring Hill students are engaged, inspired and transformed by their experiences.