We welcome you to join Franciscan-inspired seekers of peace and justice from across the country for the 2024 Franciscan Justice Leadership Conference: Acting for Peace, People, Planet! Meeting in our nation’s capital just a few weeks before national elections, we will learn, grow, connect with others and be empowered as advocates for creation, peace and justice in our home communities. Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is pleased to partner with the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU) in organizing this conference, where we will strengthen our ability to bring our authentic voices to bear on issues facing our communities, nation and world.

Dates: Saturday, October 12 – Tuesday, October 15 2024
(Note: Monday, October 14, 2024 is Indigenous People’s Day)
Where: Washington Retreat House, Washington, DC
Virtual Program: Sunday, October 13 (time TBA).

Some of the conference goals include:

    • Inspire participants to connect Franciscan spirituality with service and advocacy for creation, peace and justice in their communities
    • Empower participants to practice effective advocacy through skills training
    • Build relationships with the wider Franciscan family – students from other colleges, members of the religious communities, lay Franciscan-hearted people, FAN staff
    • Increase awareness among participants’ of their valued membership in the Franciscan movement

Conference Speakers and Presenters

Check back often as we will update this portion when speakers and presenters are confirmed.

Registration Information

All participants are asked to cover their transportation to and from the retreat center in Washington DC. See our transportation guide to assist in your travel planning.

Registration fees will be $250 per person for adults 18-30 and $300 per person for adults over 30. Fee includes 3 nights accommodations, most meals, and conference participation.

We can accommodate 70 overnight participants. Spots will fill up fast so book early when registration opens at the beginning of March!

A one-day option will be offered for local participants. Ask us for details.

Consider sponsoring an attendee

Pope Francis said in Laudato Si’ “for we know that things can change.” To do this, we need everyone. FAN will gather people from all over the country in our nation’s capital to strengthen our ability to bring our authentic voices to bear on issues facing our communities, nation and world.

In 2023, due to the generosity of several sponsors, we were able to offer the subsidized registration fees to young people and the general public of $250 and $300 respectively. Registration covers lodging (single rooms, shared bathrooms), meals, materials, and local ground transportation. We hope to accomplish this goal again this year.

The actual cost of these services is more than $500 per person. Consider sponsoring an attendee.

Thank you to our conference partners:

Thank you to our partner organizations for contributing their expertise:

Thank you to all donors to our scholarship fund!

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