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The H. James Yamauchi, S.J., Lectures in Religion

The Yamauchi Lectures in Religion series was begun in 1985 in memory of Professor H. James Yamauchi, S.J., a celebrated former Chair of the Department of Religious Studies who taught at Loyola University New Orleans from 1956 to 1966. Father Yamauchi was known and loved for his enthusiastic knowledge of religion and his passionate communication of same to the New Orleans community.  This lecture series seeks to perpetuate his work by bringing the results of religious scholarship to a wider audience.

Spring 2015

Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Humanities and Natural Sciences & the Department of Religious Studies present the Spring 2015 Yamauchi Lecture:

“Exodus, Pilgrimage, and Jubilee Solidarity: How Today’s Immigration Crisis Challenges People of Faith”

Father Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., Director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute, College of Social Sciences, Loyola University New Orleans

How can the plight of immigrants today be situated in the context of major events and figures in Salvation History?

Tuesday, March 24, 7pm
Reception at 6:15pm
Free, and Open to the Public

How do the immigrants’ journeys and destinations reflect a long tradition of sacred pilgrimages?

Loyola University New Orleans
Audubon Room
Danna Center, 2nd floor
6363 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA, 70118

How do the principles of Catholic social thought shape our judgments and actions in the face of  amnesia, indifference, and xenophobia?

Free parking in the West Road Garage! 
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About the lecturer:

Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J., J.D., is a priest, an attorney, and a member of the Southern Province of the Jesuits. He has been Director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute from March, 2009. From 2002 to 2008, he was the Provincial Superior of the province, guiding their post-Katrina recovery and service to the devastated region’s poor and needy. From 1992 to 2001, he was the President/CEO of Catholic Charities USA, the nation's largest voluntary human service network. Fred has worked in a number of programs for the underprivileged, both as a lay volunteer, an attorney, an advocate, and an administrator. From 1990 to 1992, he was the Policy Advisor for Health and Welfare Issues, Department of Social Development and World Peace, U.S. Catholic Conference. Prior to that, from 1984 to 1989, he was Executive Director of Catholic Community Services of Baton Rouge, Inc. Earlier, from 1977 to 1983, he was Director of the Senior Citizens Law Project of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Fred is also a retreat director and author. His first book, Doing Faithjustice: An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought, was published by Paulist Press in May, 1991 (second printing, 1992; third printing, 2005). His second book, Salted with Fire: Spirituality for the Faithjustice Journey, was published in January, 1995, again by Paulist Press, and republished in 2008 by Wipf and Stock Publishers. His newest book, Faith. Works. Wonders.--An Insider's Guide to Catholic Charities, was published in September, 2009, by Wipf and Stock Publishers. This New Orleans native received his J.D. from Yale University and M. Div. from Loyola University in Chicago. He holds honorary doctorates from Fairfield University, Gonzaga University, Creighton University, Spring Hill College, and the University of San Francisco (1999).

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Questions? Contact the Loyola University New Orleans Department of Religious Studies at (504) 865-3943.

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