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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. William M. Bichl, SJ, who died on December 19, 2015. He was 84 years old. May he rest in peace.

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After 25 years of serving the homeless in Detroit, Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church will honor the pope by renaming its Warming Center the Pope Francis Center.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Robert L. Dolan, SJ, who died on December 17, 2015. He was 71 years old. May he rest in peace.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Robert E. Finn, SJ, who died on December 9, 2015. He was 79 years old. May he rest in peace.

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December 8, 2015 — Today Pope Francis marked the start of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, when the church will focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way.

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Fr. Theodore (Ted) Munz, SJ, will become the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy's 29th President. Fr. Munz will replace Fr. Karl Kiser, SJ, who will receive a new assignment at the end of the current school year.

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As we enter a new liturgical cycle and a new calendar year, we continue to respond to Pope Francis’ call to “look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion, and to embrace the future with hope.”

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In 2005, the year Chicago Jesuit Academy was enrolling its first class, Caleen Kennedy was studying advertising and studio art at Marquette University. Little did she know that she would one day take part in the meaningful work of this ministry, and it would, in turn, make a significant impact on her life.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John P. Schlegel, SJ, who died on November 15, 2015. He was 72 years old. May he rest in peace.

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November 16, 2015 — Fr. Schlegel died Nov. 15 in Omaha.

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As a Jesuit lawyer, Nate Romano seeks justice for people on the margins.

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November 11, 2015 — Upperclassmen are volunteering to serve as pallbearers at the funerals of homeless veterans.

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Fr. Juan Carlos Morante Buchhammer, SJ, provincial of the Peruvian Jesuits, visited partners in the Midwest to discuss the Society's ministries, the Latin American, Jesuit pope, and the strong relationship between the Peruvian and Midwest Jesuits.

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October 26, 2015 — Fr. Matt Foley, inspiration for late comedian Chris Farley's "Saturday Night Live" character, recalls their friendship at Marquette University.

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October 21, 2015 — Through a program from University of Detroit Mercy and University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, a wheelchair-bound mother has a new stroller.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Joseph T. Brennan, SJ, who died on October 17, 2015. He was 79 years old. May he rest in peace.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John A. Knapek, SJ, who died on October 17, 2015. He was 93 years old. May he rest in peace.

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Aaron Pierre, SJ, currently in his second year of First Studies at Loyola University Chicago, reflects on his prison ministry and shares how God's grace enabled him to find those inevitable points of human connection that eclipse the imaginary chasms which separate us from one another.

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Archbishop Blase Cupich and a group of prominent Chicagoans will gather on November 3 at the University Club for a reception to raise awareness and support for Red Cloud Indian School, a Jesuit ministry that has served the Lakota People on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for more than 125 years.

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October 13, 2015 — Marquette University is hosting several events this month to honor alumnus James Foley, who was murdered by Islamic State militants in August 2014.

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September 29, 2015 — Pope Francis concluded his trip to the U.S. Sept. 27 in Philadelphia, where he attended the World Meeting of Families and made a stop at Saint Joseph’s University.

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Pope Francis delivered a historic address before a joint meeting of U.S. Congress this morning. Welcomed with a standing ovation, he spoke not just to Congress, but all Americans.

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Pope Francis arrived in the United States for his first visit this afternoon, where he was greeted by President Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, after he descended from the plane at Joint Base Andrews.

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September 21, 2015 — In an interview with America magazine, Fr. Malone spoke with Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on his Catholic faith and Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the U.S.

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During his upcoming visit to the United States, Pope Francis will roam the corridors of power, but he will also seek out ordinary Americans and those at the margins of society. That’s according to the experts who know him best — members of his religious order, the Society of Jesus.

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