By Therese Fink Meyerhoff A few years ago, Dr. Katrina Thompson Moore, an associate professor of history at Saint Louis University, was helping her niece prepare for a high school social studies test on the U.S. Civil War era. Because Dr. Moore’s area of study is the institution of slavery, she could offer her niece …
The quest for reconciliation drew more than 80 Jesuit partners in mission to Regis University in Denver in June. Attendees were challenged to “see, think and act” in new ways to create change and reconciliation in their work and in the broader world.
The last 12 months have been a time of growth for the Slavery, History, Memory and Reconciliation (SHMR) Project, created to learn more about the lived experiences of the men, women and children enslaved by Jesuits in the 19th century.
“The Jesuits first had to learn to say: “We are responsible,” then “We are sorry,” and finally, “We need your help.” This is how Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ, summarizes the evolving relations between the Jesuits and indigenous peoples.
On a clear, cool day in March, a small group of Jesuit colleagues made a somber journey. The group of eight visited several locales in north St. Louis County, outside St. Louis. Their quest: to visit sites of significance to the early Jesuits in St. Louis and to the people enslaved by those Jesuits.
Society of Jesus Apologizes for the Sins of Jesuit Slaveholding at Georgetown University Liturgy