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New Jesuit fellow to present speech on migration

Loyola press release - September 24, 2007

(New Orleans)—The newest Jesuit fellow to Loyola University New Orleans, Tom Greene, S.J., will present a lecture entitled, “Disposable People? A Jesuit reflection on migration in the 21st Century,” as part of the events of Loyola Week, Loyola’s week-long celebration of our Jesuit heritage, September 30 to October 7. The lecture will take place Tuesday, October 2, at 7 p.m., in the Audubon Room of the Danna Center on Loyola’s main campus.

The lecture topic is one selected by Greene, a lawyer by profession and a newly ordained priest. The topic falls within his field of study, migration and immigration, an issue he has a deep passion for. His interest makes him an ideal fellow for beginning his work and ministry as one of the initial research fellows at Loyola University’s new Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI). The JSRI, formed through a partnership with the Jesuits of the New Orleans Province, is being established at Loyola this year. When fully operational, the institute will offer participatory research, social analysis, theological reflection, and practical strategies based upon the principles of Catholic social teaching for improving the social and economic conditions in the southern United States and select countries.

Greene graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with degrees in business and law. He holds a master’s degree in social philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago and a master of divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. As a lawyer, Tom brings combined expertise in immigration law, human rights, philosophy, theology, and Catholic social teaching. Prior to entering the Jesuits, Greene worked in New Orleans as an assistant district attorney and in private practice in Lafayette. As the chairperson for the province immigration task force, Greene works with Jesuits and others in Latin America where he studies the plight of migrating peoples, examines the impact of the US immigration law and policies, and makes presentations in El Salvador, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

University Ministry serves the holistic education of our students by attending to the faith, spiritual, and religious formation of the university community. For additional information, please contact the Jesuit Center at (504) 865-2304.