News of the Midwest Jesuits - Summer 2018

Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, visits with a student at Mother Teresa Middle School in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Jesuit Superior General Makes First Visit to North America

Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, made his first trip to the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States in late May when he visited Canada for 12 days to participate in the conference’s spring meetings.

“The visit gave him an opportunity to engage in our important discussions as well as express his vision for the Society of Jesus today,” said Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference. “In his remarks to us, he commented on our ongoing discernment of Universal Apostolic Preferences for the Society. He reminded us that we are looking for apostolic orientations which will bind the many Jesuit ministries around the world in light of the needs of the world.”

Born in Venezuela in 1948, Fr. Sosa is the first Latin American Superior General of the Society, having been elected in 2016. On his first official visit to Canada, Fr. Sosa met with all of the provincials; attended the ordination of Jesuit priests and deacons in Toronto and Quebec City; and visited the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario, Loyola High School in Montreal, and Regis College in Toronto. Fr. Sosa also met with Indigenous leaders and Jesuit representatives from these ministries, including Red Cloud chairperson Norma Tibbitts and St. Francis Mission chief operating officer Rodney Bordeaux, to engage in an important dialogue on Jesuits’ history with Indigenous people and harmful connections between evangelization and colonialism.

Fr. Paul Faulstich, SJ (right), was granted the Ignatian Spirituality Award from IVC Chicago.
IVC Chicago Volunteers and Ministers Recognized for Service
Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) Chicago was recognized by the Cook County Board of Commissioners for their service to the poor and marginalized in a resolution crafted this spring. IVC Chicago was one of seven Chicago-based organizations that was included in the resolution calling for Cook County residents to “recognize the positive impact of national service in our community and to thank those who serve.”
“The faith-focused organization Ignatian Volunteer Corps has served in close to 50 partner agencies working with youth and young adults in education and mentoring programs, refugee and immigrant services, women’s and children’s services, and hospital and prison ministry,” the resolution stated, noting the depth of IVC Chicago’s service.
At their annual Evening of Gratitude, IVC Chicago recognized Father Paul Faulstich, SJ, with the Ignatian Spirituality Award.
“I am very grateful for his friendship, his insights, and his gentle and prayerful guidance,” said Patrick McCourt, who presented Fr. Faulstich with the award. “He has helped me appreciate God’s presence in my IVC work with the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program.”
For more information on the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, visit

Students at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Neb., walk with Fr. Thomas Neitzke, SJ.
Midwest Jesuit Schools Thankful for Generous Gifts
Several Midwest Jesuit schools have been the beneficiaries of generous gifts recently, further enabling them to teach the next generation of Ignatian leaders.
Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Neb., received a historic $8 million lead gift from the Heider family for the building of a new $16 million student learning commons on the campus in honor of Father Timothy Lannon, SJ, who served as president from 1988 to 1995.
“Creighton Prep’s mission to care for the whole person will be significantly enhanced by this gift,” said Fr. Thomas Neitzke, SJ, president of Creighton Prep.
Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago received a $1.5 million gift from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in support of diversity and student success programming.
“This is another game changer brought to us by McCormick,” said Fr. StephenKatsouros, SJ, dean and executive director of Arrupe College. “All of us at Arrupe are extremely grateful to McCormick.”
John Carroll University (JCU) received $10 million to establish the John M. and Mary Jo Boler College of Business, which will include two new schools: The School of Accountancy and Information Science and the School of Leadership and Social Innovation.
“The vision for what the Boler College can achieve with new schools and programs will have a powerful impact on how we prepare our students for careers in business,” said JCU president Michael Johnson.

Joan Rosenhauer joins Jesuit Refugee Service/USA from Catholic Relief Services.
JRS/USA Announces New Executive Director
As the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide has reached a historic high, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA) has announced that Joan Rosenhauer has been appointed as its new executive director.
“With more than 65 million people displaced around the world, the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service has never been more critical,” said Rosenhauer. “I have personally seen that the approach JRS takes is effective, essential, and gives refugees the dignity that they deserve. I am proud to join JRS and look forward to advancing this critical work alongside our partners and supporters.”
Rosenhauer is a former JRS/USA board member and has spent most of her career advocating for social justice and mobilizing the U.S. Catholic community to do the same. As the executive vice president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Rosenhauer led the organization’s outreach, marketing, and communications.
Under her leadership, CRS programs, followers, and revenue grew. Before joining CRS, Rosenhauer spent 16 years with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), where she served as associate director of the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development. Prior to that role, she held a variety of positions, including special projects coordinator and outreach coordinator for the USCCB’s Department of Social Development and World Peace.
To learn more about Jesuit Refugee Service, visit

Fr. Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, holds PhDs in both molecular biology and bioethics from Georgetown University.
Fr. FitzGerald Named to Creighton Endowed Chair
Father Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, will join Creighton University as the new holder of the John A. Creighton University Professor endowed chair and associate professor in the Creighton University School of Medicine, Department of Medical Education.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Fr. FitzGerald to Creighton,” said Creighton president Fr. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ. “His research and expertise in healthcare ethics and bioethics are a perfect fit for our Jesuit, Catholic university, as we continue to position ourselves as a leader in values-centered healthcare education, research, and patient care.”
Fr. FitzGerald was the Dr. David Lauler Chair of Catholic Health Care Ethics in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University. He has also been an associate professor in the Department of Oncology at the Georgetown University Medical Center since 2001.
“I enjoyed my time here a great deal, and I’ve always been interested in Creighton,” said Fr. FitzGerald, who studied humanities at Creighton from 1979 to 1980 and also served on the university’s board of trustees from 1997 to 2005.
Fr. FitzGerald has published articles on both science and ethics in peer-reviewed journals, books, and in the popular press, and has given presentations nationally and internationally. To learn more, visit

Vanessa Solis, new principal of Nativity Jesuit Academy, regularly spends time in the classroom.

Education Leaders Begin New Roles Across the Province

There are several new faces in education leadership positions in the Midwest Province this summer. They are all highly qualified for their roles, and the Midwest Jesuits are excited to welcome them to their new positions.

In Chicago, Brendan Conroy has been named the associate provincial assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education for the Midwest Province. Conroy succeeds Cathy Karl, who retired on July 1. Conroy joins the Midwest Jesuits from St. Rita of Cascia High School on Chicago’s South Side, where he served as principal for eight years. He was the founding principal of Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School in Chicago and has served in many roles at Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

Lucas Schroeder, formerly assistant principal for student services at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, has become the principal of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. Before becoming assistant principal at St. Xavier, Schroeder was an AP Spanish teacher for more than ten years at St. Xavier; Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, Ind.; and The Pike School in Andover, Mass.

In Milwaukee, Vanessa Solis was elevated to her new role as principal of Nativity Jesuit Academy. She previously served as director of the elementary school.

“I am particularly excited to be serving Nativity Jesuit Academy and its families during this period,” said Solis.

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August 21, 2018 — Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such "atrocities".

September 12, 2018 — Loyola High School is celebrating its 25th anniversary educating “men for others” in Detroit.

September 10, 2018 — Today, U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of the best U.S. colleges, and all six Midwest Jesuit universities were featured prominently on the list.

September 4, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Father Robert J. Welsh, SJ, who died at 9:15 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 82 years old. May he rest in peace.

August 29, 2018 — For most of his life, Fr. Kevin Embach, SJ, had two desires: to practice medicine and to serve God.

August 27, 2018 — Twenty-six Jesuit novices in Canada and the United States, including seven men from the Midwest Jesuits, professed first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience this month.

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