JSRI supports the work of The Encuentro Project in El Paso which offers programming and lodging for immersion and encounter experiences in the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border region. JSRI provides some financial assistance, has helped in the design of public relations materials and participant program evaluations, and JSRI Associate Mary Baudouin is a board member of the project.
Just South Index 2019 Texas Fact Sheet
The 2019 JustSouth Index report provides policymakers, businesses, nonprofits, and residents a better understanding of how the people of the Gulf South are faring with regard to basic human rights and needs. The Texas Fact Sheet can be viewed here.
A Composition of Place
During the academic year 2018-2019, at the request of the Jesuit Central and Southern Province, JSRI produced social analysis reports on major apostolic areas of the province in nine city reports entitled A Composition of Place: Dallas, Denver, El Paso, Houston, Kansas City, Mobile, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Tampa. The indicators applied to the city and metro areas were reflective of the three dimensions of the mission of the Society of Jesus highlighted in the work of the 35th and 36th Jesuit General Congregations in 2008 and 2016: reconciliation with God; reconciliation with one another; and reconciliation with creation. This included overall demographics as well as statistics for religious affiliation, attendance at parochial schools, income, race, educational achievement, unemployment, voter registration and voting, health, infant mortality, abortion, and environmental challenges. Discussion questions also were proposed for local conversations among Jesuits and their apostolic colleagues about the implications of these reports for their ministries.
The social analysis reports are available as pdfs by clinking on the links below: