The Catholic University of America

 

 Jonathan J. Reyes, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

He has served as director of social ministry for the Denver Archdiocese simultaneously with his Catholic Charities position, oversees an organization that serves 45,000 persons annually and includes five homeless shelters, six child care centers and 22 affordable housing properties, among dozens of other charitable programs.

Among other contributions to the Church's social mission, Reyes also founded Christ in the City, a national volunteer and formation program for college students. In its third year, it has had over 200 participants. He also oversaw the creation of Regina Caeli Catholic Counseling Services and Lighthouse Women's Care Center and completed the Guadalupe Community Assistance Center in Greeley, Colorado.

His previous work in Denver included co-founding and becoming first president of the Augustine Institute, 2005-2008. The institute is a Catholic graduate school that combines education in theology, Scripture and history with practical formation in pedagogy and leadership. Additionally, from 2004-2005, he was vice president for campus ministry and leadership formation of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) in Denver. FOCUS is a team-based evangelization program aimed toward students on college campuses. 

From 1998-2004, Reyes served on the staff of Christendom College, in Front Royal, Virginia, first as an assistant professor of history, and then as vice president of academic affairs.

He received a doctorate in European history from the University of Notre Dame in 2000, and a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1990.

He will be presenting on "Gaudium et Spes through the Eyes of Pope Francis."