The late Louis J. Twomey S.J., founded the Institute of Industrial Relations in 1947 for the purpose of encouraging economic justice in the work place. Father Twomey's commitment to champion social justice issues was not limited to workers' rights. He was a prophetic agent for change in the struggle against racism within the United States and within the Catholic Church including his religious order, the Society of Jesus.
In the 1950's, when segregation was the law, a colleague suggested that Father Twomey should not "get so involved" in the race issue. Twomey responded that labor and race were "two sides of the same coin." There could be no justice for one side without justice for the other.
Father Twomey was a visionary whose activities foreshadowed advances in international relations recognized as commonplace today. He developed Loyola University's Inter-American Center. The Center was established in an attempt to promote the international scope of the gospel of peace and justice.
Evolving during the years as an agency that struggled for social justice, the Institute of Industrial Relations became known as the Human Relations Institute, thus reflecting its broadened overall mission. In 1991, the Human Relations Institute was renamed the "Twomey Center for Peace Through Justice" in honor of the Late Father Twomey.
Today, Father Twomey's vision is articulated through the various program activities and initiatives that have been established to address needs perpetuated by the lack of workers' rights, racism, poverty, the lack of human rights, as well as inadequate educational opportunities. Twomey Center staff is committed to devoting their energies and talents toward achieving excellence in fulfillment of Father Twomey's vision.