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Pope Francis Celebrates Bicentennial of the Restoration of the Jesuits On September 27, 2014, Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, celebrated a special liturgy of thanksgiving in the Church of the Gesù in Rome to mark the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus. In 1814, Pope Pius VII re-established the Society of Jesus in the universal Church after it was suppressed in 1773 by Pope Clement XIV. The date for the celebration marked the 474th anniversary since Pope Paul III approved the Society in 1540. In his homily, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of discernment: “Only discernment saves us from real uprooting, from true ‘suppression’ of the heart, which is selfishness, worldliness, the loss of our horizon. Our hope is Jesus; it is only Jesus.” After Pope Francis finished speaking, all the Jesuits present, led by Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, renewed their promise of commitment to the mission and to the Successor of Peter. Pope Francis Celebrates Bicentennial of the Restoration
of the Jesuits


On September 27, 2014, Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, celebrated a special liturgy of thanksgiving in the Church of the Gesù in Rome to mark the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus. In 1814, Pope Pius VII re-established the Society of Jesus in the universal Church after it was suppressed in 1773 by Pope Clement XIV. The date for the celebration marked the 474th anniversary since Pope Paul III approved the Society in 1540. In his homily, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of discernment: “Only discernment saves us from real uprooting, from true ‘suppression’ of the heart, which is selfishness, worldliness, the loss of our horizon. Our hope is Jesus; it is only Jesus.” After Pope Francis finished speaking, all the Jesuits present, led by Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, renewed their promise of commitment to the mission and to the Successor of Peter. 
Photo: Pope Francis gives Father General Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, the Book of the Gospels and asks him to “Go set the world on fire,”  quoting Ignatius. 


Pope Francis Celebrates Bicentennial of the Restoration of the Jesuits On September 27, 2014, Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, celebrated a special liturgy of thanksgiving in the Church of the Gesù in Rome to mark the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus. In 1814, Pope Pius VII re-established the Society of Jesus in the universal Church after it was suppressed in 1773 by Pope Clement XIV. The date for the celebration marked the 474th anniversary since Pope Paul III approved the Society in 1540. In his homily, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of discernment: “Only discernment saves us from real uprooting, from true ‘suppression’ of the heart, which is selfishness, worldliness, the loss of our horizon. Our hope is Jesus; it is only Jesus.” After Pope Francis finished speaking, all the Jesuits present, led by Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, renewed their promise of commitment to the mission and to the Successor of Peter.     Saints Peter and Paul       Warming Center
Saints Peter and Paul Warming Center in Detroit held a dedication ceremony on June 29, 2014, with over 150 in attendance. The Warming Center reopened July 7, 2014, to serve 50–80 homeless men and women — yet with triple its former space, an increase in the number of guests is expected. Improvements include a renovated kitchen, new cots, and private rooms for those seeking medical help and footcare. Now there are three handicapped-accessible restrooms, which replaced a single old shower stall, and a new laundry room with brand new appliances. Don't miss the great Detroit Free Press article and video on The Warming Center, renovations and Grand Opening.






Pope Francis Celebrates Bicentennial of the Restoration of the Jesuits On September 27, 2014, Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, celebrated a special liturgy of thanksgiving in the Church of the Gesù in Rome to mark the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus. In 1814, Pope Pius VII re-established the Society of Jesus in the universal Church after it was suppressed in 1773 by Pope Clement XIV. The date for the celebration marked the 474th anniversary since Pope Paul III approved the Society in 1540. In his homily, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of discernment: “Only discernment saves us from real uprooting, from true ‘suppression’ of the heart, which is selfishness, worldliness, the loss of our horizon. Our hope is Jesus; it is only Jesus.” After Pope Francis finished speaking, all the Jesuits present, led by Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, renewed their promise of commitment to the mission and to the Successor of Peter.         All 28 National Jesuit Colleges and Universities Make “Best Colleges”
Report
All 28 US Jesuit colleges and universities have been ranked near the top of their classification categories in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” report. For the 12th consecutive year, Creighton University was ranked first for Midwest master’s universities. Among 84 master’s universities ranked in the West, four Jesuit institutions were in the top five: Santa Clara University (second), Gonzaga University and Loyola Marymount University (tied at third) and Seattle University (fifth).  Santa Clara University was also highlighted as having the highest freshman retention rate of any master’s university in the country and the highest graduation rate in the West at 84 percent. Jesuit schools also stood out in the category of “Best Colleges for Veterans,” where Georgetown University ranked first. Other Jesuit schools that ranked highly in this category include Marquette University, Saint Louis University, Xavier University, Le Moyne College, Spring Hill College, Wheeling Jesuit University, and Rockhurst University. 


The World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA), has selected Cleveland as the site for its first-ever meeting in North America, due to its strong network of Jesuit alumni and institutions. WUJA’s global congress will convene during the last week of June 2017. Dave Clifford, executive director of the congress and founding member of the Loyola Club of Cleveland, made a pitch for Cleveland at the 2013 congress in Medellin, Colombia. Clifford was one of only three US representatives at that conference, which drew more than 700 attendees from more than 40 countries. The Jesuits sponsor more than 900 high schools, colleges, and universities around the world.                  Cleveland to host             2017 World Union             of Jesuit Alumni
The World Union of Jesuit Alumni (WUJA), has selected Cleveland as the site for its first-ever meeting in North America, due to its strong network of Jesuit alumni and institutions. WUJA’s global congress will convene during the last week of June 2017. Dave Clifford, executive director of the congress and founding member of the Loyola Club of Cleveland, made a pitch for Cleveland at the 2013 congress in Medellin, Colombia. Clifford was one of only three US representatives at that conference, which drew more than 700 attendees from more than 40 countries. The Jesuits sponsor more than 900 high schools, colleges, and universities around the world.    John Carroll University announces invitation to Pope Francis to attend the WUJA 2017 event

James Foley

Remembering James Foley, American photojournalist
and Marquette University alum ’96

After 636 days in captivity, James Foley, 40, was beheaded in Syria in August 2014 at the hands of militant extremists from Islamic State (ISIS) as an act of retribution for US airstrikes on the group. Upon learning of the news, Pope Francis called James’s parents, Diane and John Foley, at their New Hampshire home and spoke for 20 minutes through a translator. A Vatican spokesman described the call as “very long and intense,” and that the Foleys drew huge comfort from their conversation with the pope.

Three years earlier, Foley had been detained in Libya while covering the events to oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi. After his release, Foley sent a letter to the Marquette University community to offer his gratitude for their active efforts to raise awareness of his captivity. “I hadn’t truly lived the values of seeing God in all people and things until my freedom was taken from me for 44 days. I was truly humbled and broken. But the faith of so many kept my spirits alive and the series of miracles that led to my actual release cannot be described as anything but.” He expressed the power and strength he drew not only from his own prayer, but the prayers of his family and friends.

Marquette University president, Dr. Michael Lovell (center), and others joined in prayer at the vigil for James Foley on August 26, 2014, at Church of the Gesu. All 28 Jesuit universities in the US honored what would have been Foley’s 41st birthday on October 18, 2014.Marquette University held a prayer vigil at Church of the Gesu on August 26, 2014, where nearly 1,000 of Jim’s family and friends gathered to honor and remember him. 

















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