The Black Lives Matter Too Committee was formed after the murder of George Floyd in May, 2020. We have seen and experienced the sin of racism and the injustices that have affected people of color for far too long and demand change.
Our goals are three-fold:
In the gospel, Jesus implores us to “love your neighbor as yourself" and He reminds us that we are "all made in God's image and likeness." We’re each called to help create a more loving and just world and to embrace our uniqueness. Racism and white supremacy won’t die until everyone sees them as issues that they need to solve personally, rather than just Black issues they need to sympathize with. This starts with our very own Catholic community, which is why we have formed this group.
We are dedicated to educating others on the history and systems of injustice, raising awareness for the issues affecting the Black community, and gathering in prayer and action so that we can help end the oppression, discrimination and racism affecting our Black brothers and sisters.
Check back for more events coming soon!
We are happy to announce that Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ, will be presenting on his book The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice on Thursday, Aug. 12, both in-person and via zoom. After the presentation, we welcome our in-person guests for a reception and book signing opportunity.
The book is designed to lead the reader through a month-long Ignatian “retreat,” focusing on racial justice following the format of the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatian spirituality offers us tools for today's antiracist struggle, tools that are both spiritual and practical. As Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J., explains, the legacy of Ignatius of Loyola is accessible not only to Jesuits and not only to Catholics but to all followers of Christ. His book inspires our inner journeys, while it fuels racial justice in the outer world.
Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J., PsyD, currently teaches in the psychology department at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he is also a psychotherapist. He enjoys jazz, traveling, and learning new languages; and he plays the guitar, harmonica, and drums.
Patrick Saint-Jean’s Southern California tour is being sponsored by three Catholic Churches: Padre Serra in Camarillo, Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood and the St. Monica Catholic Community.
by Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J. (Author)
"Saint-Jean’s book beautifully weaves together several threads: the author’s personal experience as a Jesuit in formation who is both an immigrant and a Black man; poignant reminders of the long history of race-based violence; calls for racial justice; and the perennial wisdom of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, with their focus on examining our sin so that we are free to love God and neighbor. The end result is an invitation to the interior work necessary to deepen our commitment to racial justice."
-Very Rev. Brian G. Paulson, S.J., Provincial Superior, USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus
Tuesday, May 25 | 6:30 p.m. | Meet in Front of the Church
Let us stand, pray and witness together to show our support for peace and to end inequality. Please wear a mask and we ask that all in attendance adhere to social distancing guidelines.
From the front of the church, we will walk to the Saint Monica statue at Wilshire Blvd. and Ocean Ave.