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Father Ed Sthokal, SJ, had never considered becoming a retreat director; he never even specifically trained for it. The plan for the young Jesuit was to teach English literature, perhaps go on to run a university department in the field. So how did he end up spending 58 years as a retreat director at Demontreville Retreat House in Lake Elmo, Minnesota?

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October 4, 2017 — Justin Pothoof will report on climate change at the 2017 UN conference in Germany in November.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Robert H. Schmidt, SJ, who died on September 26th in Patna, India. He was 79 years old. May he rest in peace.

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September 22, 2017 — Hurricane Maria has left devastation behind in Puerto Rico, and Jesuit school and parish families need our help. The Central and Southern Province Jesuits are accepting financial contributions to aid in recovery.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Vincent A. Hagarman, SJ, who died on September 10, 2017, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 95 years old. He is preceded in death by his twelve siblings. May he rest in peace.

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September 7, 2017 — It is with great joy that the Midwest Jesuits welcome seven new novices to the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Alberto Hurtado.

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September 5, 2017 — Jesuit Father Timothy Kesicki's letter to Dreamers after the rescission of DACA.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. William J. Foster, S.J. (UMI), who died on September 2, 2017, at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.

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September 4, 2017 — Find out how you can help those whose homes and lives have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey at the Jesuits' schools in Houston.

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August 31, 2017 — Fr. Katsouros has a new book, "Come to Believe: How the Jesuits Are Reinventing Education (Again)."

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August 28, 2017 — After two years in the novitiate, 36 Jesuits professed first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience this month; fifteen are from the USA Midwest Province.

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August 25, 2017 — Two years ago, Arrupe College welcomed a group of students to be the pioneers of a new model in Jesuit education.

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August 23, 2017 — Fr. Martin Connell, SJ, spent three years in Tanzania as part of a team of missioned to open a secondary school; today he continues to share stories about it on his blog.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Charles A. Hofmann, SJ, who died on August 20, 2017, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 84 years old. May he rest in peace.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Bernard J. Streicher, SJ, who died on August, 17, 2017, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.

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August 17, 2017 – In the wake of the tragic and deeply disturbing events in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, I write to exhort us all to deepen our prayerful commitment to healing racial divisions and eradicating racism and prejudice.

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August 16, 2017 — The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is an unlikely place for a pilgrimage, but the author recently went there to visit the grave of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. The location formerly had been the novitiate for the Society of Jesus.

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August 15, 2017 — Today marks the centennial of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador.

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August 11, 2017 — Founded by Fr. Arnold Damen, SJ, in 1857, Chicago’s first Jesuit parish and second oldest church survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and a planned demolition.

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July 25, 2017 — Free, online access to some of the most foundational scholarly publications and sources about the Society of Jesus is now available

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July 19, 2017 — The World Union of Jesuit Alumni was held for the first time ever in North America at John Carroll University in Cleveland from June 28-July 2.

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July 18, 2017 — David Inczauskis, SJ, arrived at Oxford University with a deep love of the Gospels and St. Paul’s letters but little knowledge of how to pray in a personal way. Everything changed when a Jesuit priest entered the picture, bringing him to a personal relationship with Christ and helping him discover his own vocation in the Society of Jesus.

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