Laudato Sí’ / Citizenship & Democracy
Student Spiritual Growth & Mental Health / Justice & Reconciliation / Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm

Commission Abstract: Education is about continuing the work of God’s creation. St. Ignatius of Loyola fully supported his companions being co-laborers in the Creation story. In the Preamble to the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, he stated, “[T]he gentle disposition of God’s providence requires the cooperation and collaborating of its creatures.” Ignatius used another relevant expression throughout his writings and letters: “To help souls.”

Prison education is about continuing the work of Creation and helping souls, especially our own. Members of the Jesuit Prison Education Network (JPEN) will be “Making the Case for Jesuit Prison Education” as a way of proceeding: to continue the work of God’s creation, to help souls, and to transform our institutions.

Chair: Rev. Thomas B. Curran, S.J. serves as the coordinator for the Jesuit Prison Education Network (JPEN). Fr. Curran previously served as the president of Rockhurst University for sixteen years. He has also served as associate vice president for university relations and assistant to the president of Regis University, as well as president of Salesianum School in Wilmington, DE, a private Catholic high school operated by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales. Fr. Curran also founded and served as the first executive director for Nativity Preparatory School, a tuition-free middle school for low-income boys. Originally from Philadelphia, he attended LaSalle University, received a Bachelor’s degree in politics from DeSales University, a Master of Arts in theology from the DeSales School of Theology, a Master of Arts in Liberal students from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the Catholic University of America and a MBA from Saint Joseph’s University.

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