Joyana Jacoby, coordinator for university ministry service-immersion trips at DePaul University in Chicago, will give the annual Joseph and Edith Habiger Lecture in Catholic Studies at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium at the University of St. Thomas.

Jacoby’s lecture, “Building Bridges of Solidarity: Transforming Stories of Hope,” is free and open to the public.

Joyana Jacoby

Joyana Jacoby (DePaul University photo)

Jacoby is a 2004 graduate of Marquette University, where she earned a B.A. in theology and sociology and spent a semester with the Casa de la Solidaridad program at the University of Central America in El Salvador.  After graduation she worked for two years in central Mexico with the Good Shepherd Volunteers. Returning to the Midwest, she became a social justice assistant for the Archdiocese of Chicago, working on immigrant rights advocacy and with grassroots community organizations. At DePaul she accompanies students on service trips as they learn about poverty and injustice, often for the first time. In her lecture at St. Thomas, Jacoby – who has said that “global awareness knows no boundaries” – will share some of the stories and conversations that have shaped her consciousness as a global citizen.

The annual Habiger Lecture, given at St. Thomas since 2000, is named for the parents of Monsignor James Habiger, who stepped down in 1995 after 15 years as executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

The lecture is sponsored by St. Thomas’ Center for Catholic Studies. For further information, call the center, (651) 962-5700.