Jesuits Pursue Racial Justice, Healing

The Society of Jesus has made a bold commitment to racial reconciliation in an effort to repair the damage done by their historical predecessors. In collaboration with descendants of those enslaved by the Society, the Jesuits of the United States have formed the Descendants Truth and Reconciliation Foundation and pledged to raise $100 million for the foundation within five years. They hope to ultimately raise $1 billion for the foundation.

According to the Jesuits' website, "The Foundation’s mission is to support the educational aspirations of Descendants for future generations and to play a prominent role in engaging, promoting and supporting programs and activities that highlight truth, accelerate racial healing and reconciliation, and advance racial justice and equality in America."

Locally, the Jesuits' Slavery, History, Memory, and Reconciliation Project continues to do genealogical work to identify descendants of people enslaved by the Jesuits in the St. Louis region and to engage in a process of truth-telling and transformation.

As an apostolic work of the Jesuits, St. Louis University High believes that every human being is made in the image of God and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect at all times. In that spirit, the school supports this project of racial reconciliation and is committed to creating lasting, positive change with numerous initiatives to ensure equity and inclusion, both on campus and in the broader community. Learn more at

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