At the heart of the Church’s Social teaching is the clear conviction that Christ is present to us in the face of those most in need and that we must meet Christ there. Dr. Jonathan J. Reyes considers Pope Francis’ analysis of our current cultural moment, the state of the Church in relation to its mission, and his vision for how we address the deepest challenges that we face. This vision will be grounded in the history of Catholic Social thought, with a special consideration of the teaching of Pope Leo XIII and Pope Benedict XVI.
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Dr. Jonathan J. Reyes is the executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in which capacity he oversees the policy development, educational programing and grant resources for the Conference of Bishops in these areas. He was educated at the University of Michigan, where he studied European History as a Rackham Fellow.
He earned the Ph.D. in European History at the University of Notre Dame, writing his dissertation on the historical vision of Christopher Dawson. In 2009, Dr. Reyes became the President/CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver. In 2005, Dr. Reyes helped found the Augustine Institute of Denver, a graduate program devoted to Catholic theological studies and leadership training, and served as its first President. Dr Reyes also served as Vice President for ministry and formation for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students and also taught in the History Department at Christendom College, in Front Royal, Virginia where he served two years served as Vice President for Academic Affairs.