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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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November 26, 2014 — Jesuit Father Thomas W. Neitzke will take office as president of Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska in April 2015.

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November 26, 2014 — From the Sisters of St. Joseph to the Dominicans, from diocesan priests to Jesuits, religious vocations in the Catholic Church will be celebrated in 2015, which Pope Francis has named as the Year of Consecrated Life.

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The martyrdom of the six Jesuits and two lay companions on November 16, 1989, was a turning point in the Salvadoran Civil War (1979–92)...

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Over 170 Jesuit alums were in attendance to hear Kevin Willer on October 27, 2014 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Kevin is a partner at Chicago Ventures, and previously CEO of 1871, and co-founder of the Google Chicago Office.

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“What’s going to happen to me? Where will I sleep? Will I be kidnapped? Will people understand me? Will they even care to try?” With these questions in mind, thirty dollars and a one-way bus ticket in his pocket, Dan Dixon, SJ prepared to embark on a month-long pilgrimage. This is his story.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother Fr. Gerald T. Regan, S.J., who was called to eternal life on October 23, 2014. He was 83 years old, a Jesuit for 65 years, and a priest for 50 years. Most knew him as Jerry, and later as G.T.

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October 20, 2014 — The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family culminated on Oct. 19 when Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI during the closing Mass.

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October 17, 2014 — U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities will honor the late James Foley on Oct. 18, what would have been his 41st birthday.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life Fr. Bill Harmless, S.J., who was called to eternal life on October 14, 2014. Bill died suddenly and unexpectedly while out for an evening walk. He was 61 years old, a Jesuit for 36 years, and a priest for 27 years.

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In June, 2015, Adam DeLeon, SJ, will be ordained a Jesuit priest, the culmination of a journey that began a decade ago. Eric Immel, SJ, began his own formation as a Jesuit when he joined the Society of Jesus as a novice in 2011. In these reflections, they recall experiences that changed the way they looked at themselves-- and at the world.

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The Photographic Society of America, a world-wide organization with 6000 members, presented Don Doll, S.J., with their highest photojournalism award at a banquet held in Albuquerque, NM, on October 3rd.

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