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LSJI 2023 Highlights

The Lasallian Social Justice Institute (LSJI) is a formation program for the Partners and Brothers in the Region based on the Gospel and our Lasallian vocation to the promotion of social justice and service to the poor.

Developed by Partners and Brothers, it is a response to the call from both grassroots Lasallians and General Chapters of the Brothers for programs that strengthen “association for educational services of the poor.”

Started in 2004, the purpose of LSJI is to promote the continuing process of conversion to solidarity with persons in poverty and to provide an authentic response to the Gospel and our Lasallian vocation. It is designed to be experiential, educational, creatively practical, and reflective. LSJI seeks to help participants draw closer to the world of the poor in order to be evangelized by them. LSJI embodies the Lasallian commitment to association for the educational service of the poor and the rights of children.

LSJI consists of four integrated components:

  • a face-to-face encounter with persons living in poverty,
  • an examination of the Lasallian tradition and the Church teachings on poverty and social justice, as well as sociological and economic commentaries on these issues,
  • a community of Lasallians who will pray together and further discern their Lasallian vocation,
  • an exploration of their roles in creating programs of social justice as catalysts for influence and change in their local ministries.

LSJI is open to all Lasallians who are engaged in Lasallian ministries across the Region.

Past locations and topics have been environmental justice in New Orleans, Louisiana; urban challenges in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; human trafficking in Minneapolis, Minnesota; immigration in Tucson, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas; gang violence in Chicago, Illinois; homelessness in San Francisco, California; and civil rights in Memphis, Tennessee.

Want to learn more about LSJI? Contact Sarah Laitinen, director of education and formation, at or 202-529-0047 x109.

“LSJI reinforced our continued work for social justice.”

— Shawn Ladda, Ed.D., Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York


LSJI Embraces the Migrant Farmer Worker Story (August 16, 2023)

LSJI Focuses on Indigenous Peoples in Browning, Montana (July 22, 2022)

LSJI 2019 Heads to New Orleans, Studies Environmental Justice (July 12, 2019)

LSJI Examines Urban Challenges in Philadelphia, Camden (August 17, 2018)

LSJI Studies Immigration Issues (August 18, 2017)

LSJI Shines Light on Human Trafficking (July 27, 2016)

LSJI Examines Violence and Peacemaking in Chicago Neighborhoods (August 05, 2015)

LSJI Provides Experiential Program on Immigration Actualities (July 24, 2014)

LSJI Highlights Impact of Violence and Peacemaking (August 23, 2013)

LSJI Explores the Realities of Immigration (July 27, 2012)

LSJI 2011 Focuses on Civil Rights (July 29, 2011)