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.
August 21, 2018 – As we reckon with the Grand Jury report on sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania and the failures of bishops to protect the children entrusted to their care, our hearts and prayers—first and foremost—are with the victim-survivors.
January 17, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Eugene F. Merz, SJ, who was called to eternal life on January 16, 2019, around 5:30 a.m. Gene died at Zilber Hospice in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was eighty-seven years old, a Jesuit for seventy years, and a priest for fifty-seven years.
January 16, 2019 — It was a homecoming fifty years in the making. In 2016, Fr. Casey Bukala, SJ, moved to the Colombiere Center near Detroit, where elder Jesuits live in community, receive the healthcare they need, and pray for the Church and the Society. It was not Fr. Bukala’s first time at Colombiere, however.
January 9, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John “Jack” R. Crocker, SJ, who died on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.