• Building Bridges By Faith
  • 2017 Catholic Health Assembly

Rev. Fred Kammer, SJ

Rev. Fred Kammer, SJ


Rev. Fred Kammer, SJ
Executive Director, Jesuit Social Research Institute
Loyola University New Orleans
Providing reflections throughout the assembly
Fr. Fred Kammer, SJ, is a priest, an attorney and a member of the Central and Southern Province of the Jesuits. From 2002 to 2008, he was the Provincial Superior of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus, guiding their post-Katrina recovery and service to the devastated region's poor and needy. From 1992 to 2001, he was the president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities USA, the nation's largest voluntary human service network. Fr. Kammer has worked in a number of programs for the underprivileged, both as a lay volunteer, an attorney, an advocate and an administrator.

Fr. Kammer was a participating observer on the board of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) in 1990 to 1993 and 1998 to 2001, and a member of the CHA task forces on Systemic Health Reform, Rationing and National Health Policy Reform from 1990 to 1992. He also served as a member of the board of stewardship trustees for Catholic Health Initiatives from 1997 to 2005. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Mission Integration Committee of Christus Health.

From 1990 to 1992, Fr. Kammer was the policy advisor for Health and Welfare Issues, Department of Social Development and World Peace, U.S. Catholic Conference. From 1984 to 1989, he was executive director of Catholic Community Services of Baton Rouge, Inc. And from 1977 to 1983, he was director of the Senior Citizens Law Project of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Fr. Kammer is also a retreat director and author. His first book, Doing Faithjustice: An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought, was published by Paulist Press in May, 1991 (second printing, 1992; third printing, 2005). His second book, Salted with Fire: Spirituality for the Faithjustice Journey, was published in January, 1995, again by Paulist Press, and republished in 2008 by Wipf and Stock Publishers. His newest book was published by Wipf and Stock Publishers in 2009: Faith. Works. Wonders. — An Insider's Guide to Catholic Charities. A New Orleans native, Fr. Kammer received his J.D. from Yale University and M. Div. from Loyola University in Chicago.