Reflections

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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Long gone are the days when retirees accepted a proverbial gold watch and withdrew quietly to a rocking chair on the porch. So-called "seniors" involved with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps are putting their experience to work for the greater good.

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Spring turns to summer, yet Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit's Warming Center ministry still serves individuals experiencing homelessness with the Ignatian spirit of cura personalis (care for the whole person).

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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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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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When you think of Jesuit education, do you naturally picture high schools and colleges? If so, you might be surprised to learn about a sizable cadre of Jesuit-inspired middle schools in cities across the country. Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee began as a school to serve the under served and grew to become a prototype for Jesuit middle school education.

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Founded in 2000 to address the needs of young adults, Charis Ministries has developed retreats based on eight themes chosen to respond to these particular needs. Rooted in the Spiritual Exercises, the retreats include silent reflection, spiritual direction and Ignatian prayer forms – all tools that can be used in daily life following a retreat.

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Bernadette (MU ‘91) credits her Jesuit education as a driving force in her work. “It contributed to my feeling that I have gifts – like everyone does – and have an obligation to use those gifts to try to help other people.”

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Early in 2013, Grace McGrath realized a long-held dream to visit India. While gaining even more than she imagined possible, she also discovered a new dream: to support the work of Jesuits educating poor (often orphaned) children living in the northeastern part of the country.

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A recent study shows statistical evidence of the effectiveness Ignatian Spirituality Project has shown in improvements in employment, housing, and other empirical factors of the homeless.

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