Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ, (right) served as Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983.
Canonization Process Opened for Fr. Arrupe and Black Elk
Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ, (1907-1991) the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, may one day be known as Saint Pedro Arrupe, SJ.
The Society of Jesus announced earlier this year that it is committing resources to moving ahead with the canonization process of Fr. Arrupe.
“We are still at the beginning of the process, but Angelo De Donatis, the Cardinal Vicar of Rome has given the diocese of Rome approval to open the process of beatification,” said Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus. “He was a man of truth rooted in Christ and dedicated to mission whose greatest miracle is that we are here today.”
Fr. Arrupe served as the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983 and led the Jesuits into the post-Vatican II world. His famous 1973 address to Jesuit educators and students, “Men for Others,” has become a central guiding document for Jesuit education today.
The canonization process has also been launched for Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950), a Lakota holy man who served as a catechist on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where the Midwest Jesuits have served for more than 125 years. He also took numerous missionary trips to other reservations to catechize and is credited with bringing 400 people into the Church.
Father Peter Klink, SJ, is the vice president for mission and identity at Red Cloud Indian School.
Father Peter Klink, SJ, Nominated for Light of Christ Award
Father Peter Klink, SJ, has been nominated for this year’s Lumen Christi (Light of Christ) Award. For more than 40 years, Catholic Extension, a national fundraising organization which supports and strengthens poor mission dioceses across the US, has asked mission dioceses to nominate their best, brightest, and most inspiring people for the annual award.
Father Klink serves as vice president for mission and identity at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. His mantra and mission at Red Cloud is to provide the Lakota children and their families with “a brighter future.”
Since arriving 40 years ago to teach high school students—even before he became a priest in 1981—he has aimed to give a boost to young Lakota who face many challenges. He has served the school and Holy Rosary Mission in almost every capacity: teacher, principal, superintendent of schools, director of development, president, pastor, and currently as vice president for mission and identity.
Father Klink believes that schools need to give any student, but especially Native American students, two things to succeed in college: competency and confidence. His dedication has paid off: 95 percent of the 2017 graduating class went on to post-secondary education at 23 colleges.
“These sons and daughters of God are beloved and meant to make a positive difference in this world,” said Fr. Klink. “They have been gifted with life and given gifts that need discovering and growing.”
Midwest Jesuit novices at the first vows Mass on August 11 in Saint Paul, Minn.
Seven Midwest Jesuit Novices Proclaim First Vows
Seven Midwest Jesuit novices made their first public profession of commitment to the Society of Jesus when they proclaimed first vows on August 11.
The vows are the culmination of two years in the novitiate. At the first vows Mass, the seven novices individually proclaimed the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience in front of the Eucharist, just as St. Ignatius of Loyola and some of his first companions did.
“At first vows, a novice offers himself to serve the Lord in the Society of Jesus,” said Fr. William O’Brien, SJ, director of novices for the Midwest Province. “Subsequent experiences of study, work, prayer, and community life will confirm this gift of self.”
The seven Midwest Jesuits were part of a total of 26 novices from the United States and Canada who proclaimed first vows in August. Following the profession of first vows, Jesuits preparing to be priests usually begin three years of studies: two years of philosophy studies, combined with one year of graduate-level theology courses. Those Jesuits who took vows as a brother will usually take several theology courses and work on an advanced degree in a field of interest.
“The men who professed vows in August represent the diversity of the Church,” said Fr. O’Brien. “And their current studies are preparing them to minister to a range of needs. They are truly remarkable men.”
The Midwest Province placed in seven different categories, including four first place wins.
Midwest Jesuits Honored with Seven Catholic Press Awards
The Midwest Jesuits received seven 2018 Catholic Press Association Awards, including four first place wins, for communications and media achievements in 2017.
Jeremy Langford, provincial assistant (VP) for advancement and communications, was named Communications Director of the Year for his work leading the communications department while also serving as provincial assistant for advancement.
“The Midwest Jesuits use a variety of approaches and platforms to build community,” said the Catholic Press Association judges. “Jesuits Magazine offers a range of reporting and first-person storytelling, and the website gathers many resources for prayer and reflection, including videos.”
Jesuits, the province’s magazine, earned four awards, including first place for Magazine/Newsletter of the Year: Religious Order for the second year in a row.
On the digital side, the Midwest Jesuits won first place for Best Facebook Post and second place for Best General Publisher Website.
Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, president of Loyola University Chicago, greets guests at a JFAN Chicago event.
New Networking and Community Events Launched
New outreach initiatives by the Midwest Jesuits were well received around the province this year as networking events and presentations made their debuts in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit.
Jesuit Friends and Alumni Network Chicago (JFAN Chicago) was revitalized with a presentation on Jesuit higher education from Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, president of Loyola University Chicago.
“It is a mission we can say is as contemporaneous, alive, and vital today as it was 500 years ago,” said Rooney.
In Cincinnati, Fr. Michael Graham, SJ, president of Xavier University, headlined the inaugural Jesuit Friends and Alumni Network of Greater Cincinnati (JFAN Cincinnati) event on Sept. 19.
“We were very fortunate to have Fr. Graham as our first speaker,” said Jeff Meyrose, regional advancement director for the Greater Cincinnati area. “As an innovative leader at Xavier, he is the perfect person to speak to the importance of Jesuit higher education.”
Then, in Detroit, Jesuit Connections—a series of networking events for young professionals—debuted with an event headlined by Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ, vocations promoter for the Midwest Province.
“It was great to be with a group of fellow young adults from the Ignatian family as this new group gets off the ground in Detroit,” said Fr. Rossmann. “We were able to talk about issues that are significant for all of us today.”
St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School in Kenya has graduated 600 students in 15 years.
St. Aloysius in Kenya Celebrates 15 Years and Looks to the Future
In 2004, St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School in Nairobi, Kenya, opened its doors to 56 AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children. Now, as St. Aloysius celebrates its 15th anniversary, sights are set on the future of the school, including a larger student population and dormitories.
“A lot of progress has been achieved in that we now have about 600 graduates of the school with 150 who have completed university,” said Fr. Terrence Charlton, SJ, co-founder and chaplain of the school. “We then have a lot more who have diplomas or certificates that help them get a good job.”
The school currently has 280 students, including 35 boys and 35 girls who are accepted each year on a full scholarship because of dire financial need. The goal, said Fr. Charlton, is to increase the student population to 480.
“Presently our big project is we want to become a boarding school because there are so many difficulties our students face returning to their homes each night,” said Fr. Charlton. “We think that this will fully enable them to focus on their studies.”
With the School of Hope Foundation, which was formed in 2017 to provide fundraising and operational support in the United States, land has been bought to build the dormitories and fundraising is ongoing for the buildings. To learn more about how you can make a difference in Kenya, visit School of Hope Kenya's website.
May 6, 2019 - When I was in the third grade at a Catholic primary school in suburban Maryland, I happened upon a book about St. Isaac Jogues, the 17th century Jesuit missionary, getting flogged, flayed, and having his fingers chewed off on a mission to “New France.” At the time I couldn’t for the life of me understand why someone would choose to go through such an ordeal! Fast forward twenty-some years later, and I am a Jesuit brother living with Jesuits from India, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Wisconsin.
April 29, 2019 — Ask someone who's benefited from a Jesuit education or ministry about the Jesuits’ contributions, and you’ll hear answers like “Jesuits form men and women for others,” “they help people discern God’s presence in their lives,” and "they serve God by caring for and seeking justice for people on the margins.” But we don’t always give thought to how the Jesuits themselves benefit from being in the Society.
April 23, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Theodore J. Hottinger, SJ, who died on April 22, 2019 at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.
April 21, 2019 — We turned to Twitter and challenged people to tell the story the resurrection of Jesus in exactly six words — no more. Boil the central truth of our faith down to its essence. What’s most important?