While this is a time of concern, it is also a time of consolation; we are in the arms of a loving God, in whose time these concerns will pass
Midwest Province Offices Closed

March 16, 2020

Dear Friends of the Midwest Jesuits,

Greetings and blessings.

So much has been written and reported about the Covid-19 pandemic, even to the point of saturation; the reality is that we are at a relatively early stage in terms of its impact, both here and abroad. We feel the burden of uncertainty.

With that in mind, and out of an abundance of concern for the well-being of Jesuits and province staff, we have closed the offices of the USA Midwest Province, effective March 16th, until further notice. Events are fluid, unpredictable, and subject to change dramatically, with surprising immediacy. Our staff will strive to continue operations remotely.

We pray for those who are most severely affected by these circumstances: those without access to medical care, those who are undocumented, the poor, the elderly, and any who feel alone. Of primary concern is the well-being of those at the margins, both in the world, and in our own lives. We pray for them.

While this is a time of concern, it is also a time of consolation; we are in the arms of a loving God, in whose time these concerns will pass. We encourage you to be mindful of your own spiritual and emotional well-being, even as you care for others. A list of online Ignatian Spirituality resources is available through our website to accompany you.

Many Jesuit apostolates are offering online Masses and programs; a list of resources is available here.

As we “fast” from social gatherings, let us redouble our ways via phone, email, video chats, etc. to reach out to one another, friends and family, and especially to the lonely, isolated and vulnerable in our social networks. 

The Midwest Jesuits will keep you in our prayers, ask that you pray for us, and for all who are suffer in these uncertain times.

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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.

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.

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).

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!

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.

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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