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When Fr. John Mace, SJ, celebrated his golden jubilee while serving in the Philippines, he had none other than Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, delivering the homily and declaring about the jubilarian, “50 years of journeying with the Lord—50 years of being polished into perfection!” According to the E News of the Jesuit Asia Pacific Conference, these words of Fr. Nicolás and of others that day “summed up the rich and challenging, generous and selfless life” of Fr. Mace, and offered glimpses of his “many-faceted talents as well as his capacity for deep, compassionate care and friendship.”

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September 20, 2019 — For Jesuit organizations in the U.S. and Canada, the day was marked by prayer and protests.

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September 16, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. Robert W. Schneider, SJ, who died on September 14, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 81 years old. May he rest in peace.

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September 16, 2019 — A letter from Fr. Paulson to the Midwest Province informing them of opportunities and resources on advocating for migrants and refugees.

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September 13, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. James E. Fitzgerald, SJ, who died on September 12, 2019, at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 84 years old. May he rest in peace.

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September 10, 2019 — U.S. News & World Report has released its annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States, and all six Midwest Jesuit universities made the list.

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The Jesuit Friends & Alumni Network (JFAN) will celebrate the feast of the North American Jesuit Martyrs on October 19, 2019, with a Jesuit Alumni Mass and Reception in several cities.

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August 27, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Robert C. Thul, SJ, who died on August 25, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 89 years old. May he rest in peace.

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August 21, 2019 — It is with great joy that the Midwest Jesuits welcome 10 new novices to the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Alberto Hurtado.

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August 19, 2019 — On August 21, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM, Loyola University's beloved nun, turns 100 years old.

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August 12, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Richard W. Anderson, S.J., who died on August 10, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 84 years old. May he rest in peace.

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July 30, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. James H. Ryan, SJ, who died on July 25, 2019. He was 82 years old. May he rest in peace.

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The St. Louis Jesuits will reunite in St. Louis in September to perform their most beloved hymns and songs of worship and prayer.

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July 22, 2019 — Hundreds of Catholics, including many from the Jesuit network, gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on July 18 to protest the treatment of immigrant children at the border.

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July 18, 2019 - At the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo near Rome, Jesuit Brother Robert Macke finds his work as the curator of meteorites for the Vatican Observatory — formally founded in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII — allows him to, as the Jesuit saying goes, “find God in all things.”

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July 9, 2019 — An Ignatian delegation is taking part in the United Nations's forum, which runs July 9-18 in New York City.

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While at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I embraced many of the freedoms college offers, but I failed to develop my spiritual life in any way beyond an occasional prayer to God for a date to go well or for an A on an exam. After graduating, I moved to Chicago to work for a financial firm. I was achieving my goals, yet I felt deeply unfulfilled by life.

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July 1, 2019 — The Jesuits in Honduras are denouncing the Honduran government’s repression of protests over the past two months.

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June 29, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John J. Kilgallen, SJ, who died on June 29, 2019. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace.

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