Jack Jezreel
Jack Jezreel
St. Francis, Pope Francis and a vision for the 21st century parish are the topics of a talk set for 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at All Saints Church, 3847 NE Glisan Street.

Jack Jezreel, who founded a program for integrating church social teaching into everyday life, will be keynote speaker for the annual Tobin Lecture.  

Jezreel says that the gospels, the legacy of St. Francis of Assisi, and the message of Pope Francis speak of a church that, at its best, gathers and sends. He argues that parishes are best understood as having a mission of gathering and sending.  

The annual lecture honors the memory of the late Msgr. Thomas Tobin (1897-1978). Msgr. Tobin was a leading figure in social action, promoting and acting on the church's social teachings. Pastor at All Saints Church, he attended sessions of the Second Vatican Council.

Jezreel has more than 20 years of experience working in parish ministry. During eight years at a Catholic parish in Louisville, Ken. he developed what he calls "a conversion-based justice formation program." JustFaith has been recognized nationally as an effective strategy for empowering social ministry.

The three largest poverty-focused Catholic organizations in the country — Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services — and the largest ecumenical hunger-focused Christian organization in the U.S. — Bread for the World — are partners and promoters of JustFaith.

More than 18,000 people in more than 100 dioceses across the country have participated, including 15 parishes in the Archdiocese of Portland.

Jezreel, who holds a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame, spent six years in a Catholic Worker community, providing basic and emergency services to homeless people in Colorado, before directing his attention to encourage Catholics to be engaged in outreach and social change.

He lives in Louisville, Ken. and is married to Maggie. They have three daughters. Registration is free. For more information call 503-233-8361 or email [email protected] The evening starts with light snacks at 6:30 p.m.