Fr. James Lafontaine, SJ, of the USA Northeast Province, became associate pastor at St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.
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Fr. Sosthenes Luyembe, SJ, of the Eastern Africa Province, became associate pastor of St. Xavier Church in Cincinnati.
Fr. Warren Sazama, SJ, became pastor of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community in St. Paul, succeeding Fr. Joseph Weiss, SJ.
Fr. Matthew Walsh, SJ, will return to Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee as an associate pastor, the role he held prior to beginning tertianship in Portland last year.
Fr. Edmund Yainao Lunghar, SJ, of the Kohima Province, began a multi-year pastoral assignment on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation this summer.
Fr. Robert Dufford, SJ, has been named chaplain to the Creighton University Retreat Center. He will continue serving as spiritual director for clergy in the Diocese of Des Moines.
Fr. Paul Lickteig, SJ, has begun a new assignment as a retreat director at Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Elmo, Minn.
Fr. Lukas Laniauskas, SJ, has been appointed to the new role of vice president of mission integration and implementation at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.
Fr. Thomas Merkel, SJ, has been named assistant vice president for university relations at Creighton University.
Fr. Ben Osborne, SJ, has been named chaplain to the Creighton University School of Medicine.
Fr. John Schwantes, SJ, was named assistant director of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Marquette University.
Fr. Thomas Stegman, SJ, was named dean of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
Fr. Charles Baumann, SJ, will join the Creighton University Jesuit Community and minister to the homeless and poor in Omaha.
Fr. Terry Brennan, SJ, was named minister of the St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wis.
Fr. Richard Twohig, SJ, has been missioned to pray for the Church and the Society at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He previously served in adult faith formation and sacramental ministry at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Fr. Casimir Bukala, SJ, has been missioned to pray for the Church and the Society at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He previously served as professor emeritus of philosophy at John Carroll University and director of the Forgiveness Fellowship.
July 18, 2017 — David Inczauskis, SJ, arrived at Oxford University with a deep love of the Gospels and St. Paul’s letters but little knowledge of how to pray in a personal way. Everything changed when a Jesuit priest entered the picture, bringing him to a personal relationship with Christ and helping him discover his own vocation in the Society of Jesus.
July 14, 2017 — Today is the feast of the first Native American saint, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks, who sought out Jesuit missionaries to baptize her because of how much their preaching moved her.