- The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (JCFJ) was established in 1980 by the Irish Jesuit Province, in response to the employment crisis of that era. Today, it works to promotes justice in Irish society through social analysis, theological reflection, action, education, and advocacy. Its research areas have widened to correlate with the contemporary issues which are the cause of inequality and injustice, and it is now a leading policy think-tank in the areas Economic Ethics, Penal Policy, Housing and Homelessness and Environmental Justice.
- JCFJ policy proposals have their foundations in theological reflection, and explicitly draw on Catholic Social Teaching, the tradition of Ignatian Spirituality and wider sources of Christian wisdom to respond to contemporary social justice issues.
- The current JCFJ team is made up of two Jesuits (John Guiney SJ and Peter McVerry SJ) and five lay partners. The Centre is located in the premises of Gardiner Street Jesuit Community and forms part of a Jesuit hub in this north inner-city Dublin parish, which also includes the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), and Irish Jesuit Missions.
- The Vision of the Centre is a society in which faith promotes justice for all, with a special focus on environmental issues – Care of Creation – and on ending poverty and exclusion. The Centre’s mission is to achieve this using social analysis, theological reflection, action, education, and advocacy.
- The JCFJ journal, Working Notes features analysis on social justice issues for a wide audience. Published continuously since 1987, it represents an important and on-going contribution to policy development in Ireland. The journal (and its complete archive) is available for a free subscription (print and digital) at jcfj.ie/workingnotes
- In addition to its engagement with the State on questions of justice, the Centre produces original research in each of its four focus areas, in the form of peer-reviewed academic research, scholarly monographs, and formal proposals to Government. The JCFJ team members contribute to a wide range of publications about their particular focus areas and are available for consultation or for public engagements.
- The Centre is a registered charity (CHY6965) and is an agency of the Irish Jesuit Province.
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