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Fred Kammer, S.J.

Fred Kammer is a priest, an attorney, and a member of the Central and Southern Province of the Jesuits.  He is the director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University New Orleans.  From 2002 to 2008, he was the Provincial Superior of the New Orleans Province.  From 1992 to 2001, he was the President/CEO of Catholic Charities USA.  Prior to that he worked primarily in legal services for the poor in Atlanta and in Catholic Charities in Baton Rouge. He has written three books: Doing Faithjustice: An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought, [Paulist Press 1991, 1992, 2005], Salted with Fire: Spirituality for the Faithjustice Journey [Paulist Press 1995, Wipf and Stock Publishers 2008], and Faith. Works. Wonders.—An Insider’s Guide to Catholic Charities [Wipf and Stock, 2009].  He holds a B.A. from Spring Hill College; J.D. from Yale University School of Law; and an M.Div. from Loyola University of Chicago.

 

Sister Denise LaRock, DC

Since 1992, Sister Denise LaRock has been a member of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, a religious community of consecrated women dedicated to serving those living in poverty and marginalized. Sister Denise moved to San Antonio in January of 2016 to serve the families seeking asylum. She serves on the leadership team of the Interfaith Welcome Coalition and as coordinator of their outreach at the Greyhound bus station for the families seeking asylum coming from family detention or from Border Patrol.  Twice a week, Sister Denise volunteers at the chapel at the Dilley Family Detention Center.  Sister Denise currently goes to Nuevo Laredo in Mexico to bring supplies and visit Remain in Mexico shelters once a week.

Susan Mika, OSB

Sister Susan is a Benedictine Sister and currently serves as director of the Benedictine Coalition for Responsible Investment (CRI).  As part of this ministry, she speaks to corporations about their practices, attends shareholder meetings and files shareholder resolutions to urge companies to enhance their policies.  She is involved in documenting what is happening with the current U.S. immigration policies as part of the Interfaith Welcome Coalition (IWC) in San Antonio.  She has served in leadership in the monastery in Boerne, Texas and with the board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), based in New York.  She was part of starting Camino a la Paz, an intercongregational justice and peace group in Texas. She helped form the international Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras (CJM) and researched and documented conditions in the maquiladora factories in Mexico.  She served as Executive Director of the Texas Coalition for Responsible Investment (CRI), now known as the Socially Responsible Investment Coalition (SRIC).