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Mr. Jeffry Odell Korgen

Mr. Jeffry Odell Korgen

Montclair, NJ
Mr. Jeffry Odell Korgen

Jeff Korgen is the Principal at Korgen Associates, a Catholic social ministry consulting firm. Formerly, he served as the Executive Director of the Department of Diocesan Planning and Communications for the Diocese of Metuchen. From 1998 until 2008, he staffed The ROUNDTABLE Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors and the Archdiocese of New York Department of Social and Community Development as a social justice educator. From 2002 until 2008, Korgen previously served on the Board of Interfaith Worker Justice. A native of Slidell, La., he holds degrees in philosophy, pastoral ministry, and social work from Boston College.

Korgen is the writer of Wage Theft Comics and Worker Justice Illustrated. He co-author of The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization, Second Edition (Orbis, 2013). He is also the author of Solidarity Will Transform the World: Stories of Hope from Catholic Relief Services (Orbis Books, 2007), My Lord and My God!: Engaging Catholics in Social Ministry (Paulist Press, 2007), and co-editor of Living God’s Justice: Reflections and Prayers (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2006). His articles on community organizing, worker justice, Catholic social teaching, pastoral planning and youth ministry have appeared in publications such as America, Ministry and Liturgy, Social Policy, and CHURCH.

He has also worked in community organizing (Brockton Interfaith Community), interfaith relations (Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston) and youth ministry (Immaculate Conception Church in Springfield, MO). Korgen lives in the Township of Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife, sociologist Kathleen Odell Korgen and daughters Julie and Jessica.