2014 Recipient of the Anselm Moons Award
Franciscan Mission Service is pleased to celebrate Jack Jezreel for his more than 30 years of working with parishes and dioceses to form new disciples for peace, justice, and hope by encouraging parishioners to engage in outreach and social change.
Mr. Jezreel is the founder and president of JustFaith Ministries, which creates and supports formation processes intended to inspire commitment to social mission. The program has had extraordinary results and has been recognized nationally as a potent strategy for empowering social ministry. We celebrate the lasting impact Mr. Jezreel and JustFaith have already had on more than 40,000 parishioners across the country, including some of our own lay missioners.
Mr. Jezreel holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy and religion from Furman University and a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame. Before directing his attention to formative education, he spent six years in a Catholic Worker community, providing basic and emergency services to homeless men and women in Colorado. From there he moved to a parish in Louisville, Kentucky, where he developed JustFaith. He still lives in Louisville, is married to Maggie, and they have three adult daughters.
It is because of his unwavering dedication to transforming the North American Church through lay formation that encourages social mission that we honor Mr. Jezreel.