Center of ConcernWashington, D.C.–The Center of Concern, a Washington, DC-based social justice institute rooted in Catholic Social Tradition and working for greater economic, social, and ecological justice globally, has launched a search process for a new president.

“Fr. Jim Hug, S.J., has made an extraordinary contribution as president of the Center of Concern for nearly a quarter century,” said John Reid, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center.  “I am sure that we on the Board speak for many, many people across the country and around the world when we say how grateful we are for his skillful and generous hard work in the service of Gospel justice.”

Fr. Hug joined the Center of Concern in 1985 after teaching social ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago and serving as a Senior Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center in Washington.  He succeeded Peter Henriot, S.J., as Director/President of the Center in 1989.

Fr. Hug was elected to the National Council of Pax Christi USA in 2010 and has welcomed the staff to its new home at the Center of Concern in Washington, DC.

“It has been a profound privilege to work at the Center of Concern through this critical historical period with wonderful colleagues and to be able to take advantage of the opportunities for leadership it has offered in the work for global justice,” Hug noted.  “The social, ecological, and economic challenges the human community faces today are the most serious and dangerous I’ve seen in my lifetime,” he added, “but the opportunities for global networking and effective collaborative action are also some of the most promising and exciting.”

The Center of Concern is looking for leadership that sees and understands those challenges and is eager to address them from a global platform.

The Center seeks social transformation from a perspective of global justice, ecological health and sustainability, working to discern the transformational movement of the Spirit of God in the contemporary world and the Center’s best contribution in support of it.  The current Mission Statement reads:

Rooted in Catholic Social Tradition,
the Center of Concern works collaboratively to create a world
where economic and social systems
guarantee basic rights,
uphold human dignity,
promote sustainable livelihoods, and
renew Earth.

“The application deadline for the position,” Reid indicated, “is September 30, 2012.”  For more information, write to or visit the Center’s website at  The position is open January 1, 2013.

Fr. Hug plans sabbatical time “to rest and renew” before the next phase of his life’s work for global social and ecological justice.

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