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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John F. Pennington, SJ, who died Friday, March 27, 2015, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 78 years old. May he rest in peace.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. Donald H. Bengert, SJ, who died on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Mich. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.

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Last month, Jesuit provincials from Canada, the U.S., Central America and Mexico visited the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. “It was very moving to see firsthand this important ministry,” said Fr. Brian Paulson, SJ, provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Leon S. Rausch, SJ, who was called to eternal life on March 14, 2015. He was 90 years old, a Jesuit for 68 years, and a priest for 55 years.

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The Jesuit Refugee Service this year Celebrates 35 years of accompaniment to refugees at the fronties, as Father Tom Smolich, SJ, prepares for his role as International Director

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March 12, 2015 — Teacher. Campus minister. Parish priest. Author. World traveler. Photographer. Mountain climber. These are just some of the words that describe Fr. Joe Eagan, SJ.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. Robert G. Cardosi, SJ, who died Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. Bob was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Br. David L. Henderson, SJ, who died at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 71 years old. May he rest in peace.

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Troy Wharton, principal of Jesuit Academy (formerly Jesuit Middle School of Omaha), explains the school's model and how it is working to improve the lives of young African-American males in the Omaha area.

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February 25, 2015 — The Ignatian Spirituality Project is a national network providing Ignatian retreats to men and women who are homeless and in recovery from addiction.

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February 22, 2015 — After more than eight months in captivity, Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar has been released from Afghanistan.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Harold J. Sommer, SJ, who died Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.

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February 11, 2015 — The world’s first Jesuit community college is scheduled to open this August.

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On Sunday, February 8, 2015, US and Canadian Jesuit Provincials and members of the Jesuit Conference visited the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) in Nogales, AZ.

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February 5, 2015 — Pope Francis will become the first pope to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress on September 24, House Speaker John Boehner announced today.

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As a symbol of gratitude for family, friends, and benefactors, the Midwest Jesuits are hosting Lenten days of prayer and reflection in 2015.

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January 23, 2015 — After 75 years, four new, real bells have been placed in the tower of the Madonna della Strada Chapel at Loyola University Chicago, which long used electronic chimes.

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January 22, 2015 — This morning, students from Jesuit high schools and universities gathered in the nation’s capital to mark the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

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Lukas Laniauskas, SJ, currently studying theology at Berkeley and preparing for ordination this coming June, explains how serving as chaplain to the Berkeley Fire Department is the perfect parallel to his life journey as a Jesuit.

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Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Rev. Raymond P. Guiao, S.J., a 1982 graduate of Saint Ignatius High School, has been chosen its 26th president, beginning Summer 2015.

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December 10, 2014 — Jesuit Father Daniel S. Hendrickson takes office at Creighton University on July 1, 2015.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother Fr. Jim Michalski, S.J., who was called to eternal life on December 6, 2014 following a short battle with an aggressive cancer. He died in hospice care in the presence of Jesuit brothers and friends. He was 72 years old, a Jesuit for 54 years, and a priest for 42 years.

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Over 130 Jesuit alums were in attendance to hear Fr. Patrick Conroy, SJ, chaplain for the US House of Representatives, on December 8, 2014 at the Union League Club of Chicago.

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In its 474-year history, a General Congregation of the Society of Jesus has only happened only 35 times; next Monday Father General Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, Superior General of the Jesuits, convokes the 36th General Congregation .

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More than 125 years ago, Oglala Lakota Chief Red Cloud began working with a group of men he called the Sina Sapa – translated as “Black Robes,” a reference to the black cassocks worn by the Jesuits.

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