Justice & Peace Ministry

The Justice & Peace Ministry of Saint Ignatius Catholic Community is dedicated to the service of faith and the promotion of justice. As a parish, we are called and challenged to articulate, advocate, and act upon critical social, economic, cultural and political issues that affect us, our city, and our world. We are called to be a resource to provide parishioners with opportunities to live out their faith through justice.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2023: BLACK RESISTANCE

Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The Black History Month 2023 theme, “Black Resistance,” explores how “African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings,” since the nation’s earliest days.

Learn More about Black History Month

Visit the Library of Congress’ Black Resistance Exhibit in DC

 

Support Our Immigration Work

TAKE ACTION

Urge senators to support the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 and protect DACA recipients.

VOLUNTEER

Volunteer with the Migrant Accompaniment Network and assist migrants in your area.

See the Immigration Committee in Action

EQUIP

Read resources on how and where to renew your DACA in 2022.

DONATE

Donate to help support and cover a DACA recipient’s application fees. 

Learn more about the program.

Welcome Basket Project

A PROJECT OF THE HUNGER, HOUSING & POVERTY COMMITTEE

In 2022, Baltimore rehoused 1,188 individuals and families experiencing homelessness. But the annual point-in-time census counted 1,597 Baltimoreans in need of housing on just one night in February. Every day, more neighbors, friends, and family reach out for help.

St. Ignatius Parish is reaching out to support our neighbors previously experiencing homelessness by purchasing new comfort items and housewares packed in a Welcome Basket that will be delivered to their new home when they are rehoused.

Afghan Resettlement Project

The Justice & Peace Ministry is partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and other Catholic parishes in Baltimore City to furnish apartments for Afghan refugees.

We are seeking donations of household goods, and other basic necessities, and cash donations that will enable our brothers and sisters to get settled in their new home after a difficult journey.

Who We Serve

As a ministry, we encourage parishioners to reflect on their experiences and to discern God’s presence in their lives. We seek to nurture leadership and personal faith by engaging, partnering with, advocating on behalf of, and being converted by the diverse urban community of Baltimore. Our priorities are advocacy, education, and social responsibility. Our work is carried out by committees, direct service ministries, and community partnerships.

St. Ignatius Catholic Community demographics map

Structure

The Justice & Peace Ministry is organized by committees. These dynamic clusters, composed of passionate and engaged volunteers, focus on systemic injustices and their impact on human lives and advocate for societal changes that improve the lives of those who face systemic oppression. We nurture lay leadership as well as personal faith through solidarity with oppressed groups and dedication to the greater good. Meetings take place monthly and are convened by Committee Chairs for one hour. A combined meeting including all committees follows. There is a dynamic quality to this process which allows for open communication, bonding, and supporting one another.

View committee chart here

Justice & Peace – Chris McCullough – chrismccullough@st-ignatius.net

Immigration – Vonetta Edwards & Shari Shea – immigration@st-ignatius.net
Economic Justice – Terry Cavanagh – tcavanagh@seiumddc.org
Racial Justice – Chris McCullough – chrismccullough@st-ignatius.net
Hunger, Housing and Poverty – Candra Healy – candrahealy@st-ignatius.net
Environmental Justice – Theresa Furnari – tafurnari10@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

“Whenever you are engaged with work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Advocacy

Learn about important advocacy issues that need your immediate support.

READ MORE

Act Now!

Activities that aim to influence decisions within political, economic, & social systems.

Take Action

OUR WORK

Social justice endeavors that are in alignment with our mission, goals, and vision.

Read More

Media Watch

How’s the Water, Hon? Speaker Event

How’s the Water, Hon? Speaker Event

The Environmental Justice Committee invites you to a presentation to learn about the water that arrives at your house and leaves your house, and what you can do to mitigate contamination of our waterways and damage to our pipes”. John Marra, Ecoliteracy &...

read more
Virtual Pilgrimage of Mother Mary Lange

Virtual Pilgrimage of Mother Mary Lange

February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3pm “…Mother Lange’s love for all enabled her to see Christ in each person and the pain and prejudice of racial hatred never blurred that vision.”  Come join St. Ignatius, the Racial Justice Circle and the Pastorate of St. Ann, St. Francis...

read more