In advance of Pope Francis’ first visit as pope to the United States, Sept. 22 to 27, Creighton University is celebrating several of its initiatives addressing some of the issues Pope Francis has taken to heart in his papacy.

The John P. Schlegel, S.J., Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ) has been a force for good in the Omaha, Neb., area and around the world for more than 25 years, sending students, staff and faculty into areas where they can do the most good for those in the most need and promote a faith that does justice.

In 2014, the CCSJ was recognized as one of 100 key organizations working for social justice by, a website supporting individuals interested in social work education. The CCSJ is listed 24th in the Civil Rights and Community Organization category among other well-known organizations working to “ensure that all groups and communities get the rights and respect they deserve.”

Ken Reed-Bouley is the director of the CCSJ and an expert in peace and justice studies.To reach the CCSJ, call 402-280-1290.

John J. O’Keefe, Ph.D., is a professor of historical theology and holder of the A.F. Jacobson Chair in Communications in the Creighton University Department of Theology. O’Keefe has committed his academic career to studying and teaching on the history of early Christianity and environmental theology.

O’Keefe is the founding director of the Center for Catholic Thought and moderator of the podcast Catholic Comments.

Most recently, O’Keefe was featured on Wisconsin Public Radio, offering thoughts about Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’.”

To reach O’Keefe, call 402-280-4799 or email [email protected].

Richard Miller, Ph.D., is an associate professor of systematic theology at Creighton University and the editor of an influential book on Catholicism and the environment, “God, Creation, and Climate Change: A Catholic Response to the Environmental Crisis,” winner of a 2011 Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada book award in the faith and science category.

On the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’,” Miller was interviewed by the New York Times on the issue of divestment from fossil fuels, especially by Catholic universities.

To reach Miller, call 402-280-3618 or email [email protected].

Eileen Burke-Sullivan, OTD, is an associate professor of theology, the inaugural holder of the Barbara Readon Heaney Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology and vice provost for mission and ministry at Creighton University.

Burke-Sullivan is an authority on the incorporation of Ignatian values in higher education, the role of women in the Church, reforms in the Catholic Church and the practice of justice in Christian life.

Most recently, she offered comments on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’.”

To reach Burke-Sullivan, call 402-280-3285 or email [email protected].