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In the wake of the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd I write with a heavy heart to ask for your prayerful solidarity with the suffering people of Minneapolis-St. Paul...

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May 28, 2020 — The global pandemic has forced everyone to go digital. Spiritual direction — confidential, guided discernment of God — has not stopped. Rather, just like the persons who employ the Exercises, spiritual direction has pivoted online.

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May 25, 2020 — In two of the more memorable and simple ceremonies in recent history, one Jesuit was ordained a priest and five Jesuits were ordained deacons on May 23.

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May 21, 2020 — The sterling efforts of the Patna Jesuits in responding to the situation arising out of the country-wide lock-down in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis are an image of hope in the midst of several resistances to outreach to the least, the last, and the lost (Matthew 25).

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The Spring 2020 issue of Jesuits Magazine is now online. The cover story details the Invisible Infrastructure that is the underpinning of the Midwest Province's purpose and function. Plus, news from the frontiers, Jesuits on the Move, and more!

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May 19, 2020 — A group of Ignatian colleagues in northeast Ohio are dedicated to sharing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. They developed a unique Ignatian Spirituality Collaborative to strengthen their practice and impact in the region.

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May 18, 2020 — May marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’. Through this landmark encyclical, Pope Francis called the Church and all people to transform our relationship with creation.

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May 18, 2020 — Fr. Garanzini succeeds Fr. Michael J. Sheeran, SJ, beginning July 1.

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May 17, 2020 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Philip R. Amidon, SJ, who died on May 13, 2020, at the Creighton University Jesuit community in Omaha. He was 76 years old. May he rest in peace.

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May 13, 2020 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John T. Dillon, SJ, who died on May 12, 2020, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 90 years old. May he rest in peace.

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May 12, 2020 — Fr. Neitzke has been appointed dean of Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, effective August 1, 2020.

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April 29, 2020 — Much has been written about what’s true and what’s not in The Two Popes. The film, starring Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis, features a two-day rendezvous between Pope Benedict and Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio—soon to become Pope Francis.

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April 24, 2020 — I have two early childhood memories, one of my mom waking me up with a simple prayer and the other of catching frogs and salamanders in our backyard creek. Interestingly, God was clearly present in both moments. Nature and spirituality have been intertwined in my faith journey since its beginning.

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April 24, 2020 — Across the world, Jesuit-affiliated ministries, parishes, schools, and individuals are being "people for others" in their response to the pandemic.

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Over the course of two decades of teaching chemistry and math and serving as assistant principal and principal at Campion Jesuit and Creighton Prep, Fr. Eugene (“Dutch”) Dutkiewicz, SJ, influenced many hundreds of students for the better.

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Use these virtual reflections, resources and lectures to celebrate and connect with creation this Earth Day.

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April 20, 2020 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. William J. Kelly, SJ, who died on April 16, 2020, at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 96 years old. May he rest in peace.

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A provision of the new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act assists nonprofits during the COVID-19 outbreak. The new law allows taxpayers to deduct up to $300, even if they do not itemize. Source: Kiplinger's

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In the midst of uncertainty with the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19, and as we adjust to new normal of 'sheltering in place' and 'social distancing', we are reminded to be centered on God and know that Christ is with us.

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The Jesuit Curia in Rome has launched a website highlighting the Society's online initiatives during this global health crisis.

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April 6, 2020 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Frank M. Oppenheim, SJ, who died on April 3, 2020, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 94 years old. May he rest in peace.

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