The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition
The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition advances the scholarship and application of the Catholic intellectual and Ignatian traditions in the church and society with an emphasis on social concerns. Drawing upon the rich diversity of the university, the San Francisco Bay Area and the international Society of Jesus, we support research, teaching and action to promote and engage Catholic social thought especially in response to contemporary issues.
Exploring intersections of faith and social justice
We coordinate roundtable discussions that bridge the academy, church and society. We offer public lectures and publish a book series featuring the latest scholarship on Catholic social thought.
The Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Studies and Social Thought, faculty colloquia, and visiting scholars provide the USF and Bay Area community with opportunities to study the intersection of Catholic social thought and pressing issues of our time from the context of Jesuit education.
A Message from the Director
Last April, the Lane Center convened a conversation on the realities of immigrant youth and their families. An interdisciplinary group of scholars came together with community organizers and faith leaders, many of whom explicitly share USF’s Jesuit heritage. From Faith in Action and the Kino Border Initiative, we heard from people actively living out the faith that does justice. As the Lane Center has increasingly prioritized research and action within the Jesuit network, I have seen how the Ignatian approach to social justice invites diverse voices into conversation with Catholic social thought and the Catholic intellectual tradition of which it is part. Reflecting a long process of dialogue and discernment, it has been decided that this distinctive vision will be communicated more clearly by referring to the center as The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition. I hope this shift in focus will deepen our engagement with the Jesuit network and expand opportunities to encounter and develop the Catholic social tradition.