Prophetic Communities

University of San Francisco | February 9 – 11, 2023

Prophetic Communities - Organizing as an Expression of Catholic Social Thought

A gathering for organizers, theologians, and all committed to social justice work to explore the intersection between Catholic Social Teaching and community organizing through panel conversations, workshops, guided discussions, and spiritual grounding.

Registration Deadline – Thursday, Dec 15th

The Experience

Spend time in intimate conversation focused on why organizing has been an important and ongoing expression of Catholic Social Teaching with folks passionately involved in organizing work.

Build Power

Create a network of academics and practitioners of Catholic community organizing who elevate and celebrate diverse voices and experiences.


Facilitate the creation of materials that help better explain community organizing as a part of the Catholic Church and its expression of Catholic Social Teaching.

The Speakers
Austen Ivereigh
Austen Ivereigh
Co-author of Let Us Dream: the Path to a Better Future with Pope Francis
Ogechi Akalegbere
Ogechi Akalegbere
Leader, Action in Montgomery
Ana Garcia Ashely
Ana Garcia-Ashley
Director, Gamelial National Network
Fr. John Baumann SJ
Fr. John Baumann, SJ
Founder, Faith in Action Network
Jeremy V. Cruz
Jeremy V. Cruz
Associate Professor of Theology, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Bob Fambrini SJ
Bob Fambrini, SJ
Pastor, St. Francis Xavier Parish; Member VIP, Board Member FIA
Cecilia Flores
Cecilia Flores
Sacramento ACT & Action Planning Chair, USCCB Journeying Together Initiative
Teresa Flores-Onofre
Teresa Flores-Onofre
Co-Director of Movement Development, Laudato Si’ Movement
Nicholas Hayes-Mota
Nicholas Hayes-Mota
Teaching Fellow, Boston College and Organizer, GBIO
Ken Holman
Ken Homan SJ
Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor
Fr. Clete Kiley
Fr. Clete Kiley
Chaplain Chicago Federation of Labor and Senior Adviser to the Unite Here Movement
Sister Cheryl  Liske, OP
Sister Cheryl Liske, OP
Gamaliel National Network
Ralph McCloud
Ralph McCloud
Executive Director Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Lorena Melgarejo
Lorena Melgarejo
Director Faith in Action Bay Area
Dan Misleh
Dan Misleh
Catholic Climate Covenant
Mary Novak
Mary Novak
Executive Director, Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Tony Pizzo, OSA
Tony Pizzo, OSA
Provincial of the Midwest Augustinians
The Plenaries
  1. Why Organizing?
    Moderated by Tere Flores
    Guest Speakers: Sr. Cheryl Liske, OP, Nicholas Hayes-Mota, Bob Fambrini, SJ, Ogechi Akalegbere
  2. Organizing and Synodality
    Facilitated by Cecilia Flores
    Guest Speaker: Austin Ivereigh
  3. Plenary 4: Organizing and Theology
    Guest Speakers: Lorena Melgarejo, Jeremy Cruz, Timothy McManus 
The Workshops
  1. Organizing and Ministerial Formation
    Dan Harntnett, SJ, Mary Lim-Lampe, Rev. Ray Pickett
  2. Teaching Organizing Through a Catholic Lens
    Joseph Fleming, Ana Garcia-Ashley 
  3. Labor Organizing in Catholic Tradition
    Ken Homan, Clete Kiley
  4. Laudato Si’ as an Organizing Project
    Tere Flores, Dan Misleh
  5. Nonviolent Strategy
    Eli McCarthy
4:00 to 5:00pmOpening Reception
5:00 to 6:00pmMass
6:00 to 7:00pmPlenary 1: Why Organizing?
7:00 to 8:00pmDinner
9:00 to 10:00am Plenary 2: Organizing and Synodality
10:15 to 11:30amBreakout Conversations
11:30am to 1:30pmLunch
1:30 to 2:45pmWorkshops
3:00 to 4:15pmBreakout Conversations
4:15 to 5:00pmCoffee Break
5:00 to 6:00pmLiturgy
6:00 to 7:00pmPlenary 3: A Conversation Between an
Organizer and Theologian
7:00 to 8:00pmDinner
9:00 to 9:45pmReflection Panel
9:45 to 11:30pmSmall Group Listening and Discernment
11:30 to 12:30pmClosing Liturgy

Registration Deadline – Thursday, Dec 15th

Event Location

University of San Francisco
McClaren Conference Complex
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94118

Travel and Lodging Information

With the exception of speakers / facilitators, all registered participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and transportation arrangements. You are welcome to use a USF discount code at the recommended hotels listed here


Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday morning. Other meals will be on your own.   

Covid Information 

All visitors to USF are expected to follow our community guidelines related to Covid prevention. Please review up to date guidelines before coming to campus. 


USF accommodates individuals with disabilities. If you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact at least 14 days prior to the event.

Event Sponsors
University of San Francisco Lane Center logo
Jesuits West logo
Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center logo