Twenty-five years ago, the Collaborative was formed among the three branches of the Marianist Family (SM, FMI and the Laity) as a unique place of connection to keep the fires of justice burning. Over the years, the MSJC has addressed the signs of the times, focusing on national and international issues such as ending sweatshop labor, caring for our environment, and working to eradicate racism.
Today, over eighty volunteers advocate and create opportunities for engagement around seven distinct social justice initiatives. According to former MSJC Director Jim Vogt, “The occasion of the 25th anniversary of MSJC’s founding is a time of both celebration and commitment. We need to celebrate the vision of those Marianist Family leaders who created MSJC as well as the incredible work for justice that MSJC volunteers have done over these years. But we also have to commit to continuing the work that has been begun – to affirm women and reject patriarchy, to welcome LGBTQ+ persons, to embrace an anti-racist position, to end the death penalty, to work for a sustainable environment and to advocate for just treatment of migrants and the marginalized. Let us go forward with confidence in Mary’s guidance.”
Throughout 2023, the MSJC will commemorate our 25th Anniversary with special resources, e.g. reflections in our monthly newsletter “Justice Jottings,” and special events. Join us in both celebrating our history and preparing for our future!