This summer, administrators, faculty and staff from Jesuit institutions and organizations across North America will gather at Loyola University Chicago for the AJCU Faith, Justice & Reconciliation Assembly from July 16-19, 2024. This meeting will be hosted by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), which represents the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and Belize.

The theme of the Assembly, “Creation of a Hope-filled Future,” was inspired by the Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) of the Society of Jesus, which provide an Ignatian “horizon, a point of reference to the whole Society of Jesus” (Jesuits Global).

The Assembly seeks to begin in gratitude and end in hope. Presenters have been asked to reflect on all that our institutions have received and have to offer: our gifts, talents, expertise, time and resources. From that perspective of gratitude, we will then consider how we as a network of Jesuit institutions might respond. Assembly planners have summarized this perspective by asking each presentation to consider, “What do we owe to our students, faculty, church, and the world?”

A major focus of the Assembly will be the work of six commissions. For more than a year, nearly ninety faculty and staff from Jesuit colleges and universities have been collaborating in anticipation of the Assembly. Their presentations will share the work accomplished, offer proposals for all AJCU institutions, and engage participants in further dialogue and discussion. The six commissions include the following:

The Assembly will feature three plenary speakers who have been asked to help our institutions reflect on areas of faith, justice, and reconciliation, and how we might respond to those we serve. They are:

In addition to workshops, roundtables, lightening round discussions and poster sessions, a panel of provosts and chief academic officers from AJCU institutions will reflect on the sessions and provide feedback on highlights of the Assembly, and how the work of faith, justice, and reconciliation might continue throughout AJCU institutions.

At a time of significant challenges for higher education and our nation, the AJCU Faith, Justice and Reconciliation Assembly will offer an opportunity for reflection and consideration of how Jesuit colleges and universities can best work together to serve the needs of society today.

To learn more about the AJCU Faith, Justice and Reconciliation Assembly, please click here.

Please note: This article also appears in the Spring 2024 issue of Update, the online magazine of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). Above: Photo of Loyola University Chicago by Lukas Keapproth.