Our Team

Meet the team at JCFJ

Team Leader - Social Theology Officer - Kevin Hargaden
Director & Social Theologian – Kevin Hargaden

Kevin is our Social Theologian and became Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in 2020. He holds degrees in Computer Science, Sociology, and Theology and completed his PhD. in Theological Ethics at the University of Aberdeen under the supervision of Brian Brock and Stanley Hauerwas.

He is the author of several books, most recently Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age (Cascade, 2018). Kevin works in conjunction with the team to reflect theologically on political and policy issues.

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Social Justice Advocate - Peter McVerry SJ
Social Justice Advocate – Peter McVerry SJ

Peter McVerry SJ is a Jesuit from Newry, Co. Down who has worked in Dublin’s north inner city since 1974, where he first encountered young people who were sleeping on the streets. He began to set up services and accommodation for young homeless people which would go on to become the Peter McVerry Trust.

Peter advocates for those who have no voice in society and is a critic of government policy on issues including homelessness, drugs and criminal justice.

Environmental Policy Advocate - Ciara Murphy
Environmental Policy Advocate – Ciara Murphy

Ciara is our Environmental Policy Advocate. She works on influencing policy change at a national level as well as focusing on community-based local initiatives. She achieves this through commentary, public consultation submissions and collaborating with peer NGOs and community organisations.

Ciara holds a BSc. in Environmental Biology and a PhD. in Environmental Microbiology which have equipped her with a broad knowledge on environmental and biodiversity issues.

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Hiring – Housing Policy Advocate 

The ideal candidate will have expertise in and experience of housing issues combined with a strong commitment to promoting housing justice, excellent communication skills, and a creative approach to their work.


Essential Criteria:

  • A relevant third-level postgraduate qualification (or a centrally relevant primary degree supplemented and augmented by a proven record of advocacy);
  • Respect for the Jesuit ethos – and a willingness to work towards the Universal Apostolic Preferences – along with evidence of a commitment to social justice;
  • Evidence of project/task management;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to present publicly, evidence of professional relationship building;
  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills including writing briefing documents;
  • Ability to think strategically and work to deadlines;
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team;
  • General computer skills (MS Office suite, Adobe packages, Canva, social media familiarity) and email [email protected]

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Social Policy Advocate - Keith Adams
Penal Policy Advocate – Keith Adams

Keith is our Penal Policy Advocate. He is primarily focused on research and advocacy in the policy areas of penal reform. He holds Master’s degrees in Social Science (Rights and Social Policy) from Maynooth University, and in Social Science Research from Queen’s University, Belfast.

Keith’s professional background is in the Irish non-profit sector where he has undertaken research on child and family policy, and penal policy.

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Operations Facilitator – Cherise Boraski

Cherise is our Operations Facilitator. She processes the Centre’s accounts, manages office operations, runs our communications and supports the rest of the team in an administrative and logistical capacity. Cherise holds a BA in History and Music from the University of Maynooth, and has experience of working in a variety of community settings including youth groups, camps and the YMCA.

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