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March 6, 2019 — Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. The Ignatian family offers a wide array of resources to guide you through the next 40 days.

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March 4, 2019 — We invite you to join us in praying the Novena of Grace of Saint Francis Xavier (March 4-12).

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February 28, 2019 — John Carroll University announced that an anonymous graduate has made a $20 million unrestricted pledge to the institution.

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February 21, 2019 — Creighton University will become the first Midwest Jesuit university to adopt test-optional admission for freshman applicants.

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February 19, 2019 — The Society of Jesus has four new core priorities that will guide its mission for the next 10 years, Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa announced Tuesday.

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February 14, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Daniel L. Flaherty, SJ, who died at 2:20 p.m. (EST) on February 13, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 89 years old. Dan was provincial of the Chicago Province from 1973-1979. May he rest in peace.

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February 13, 2019 — Ever since middle school I had loved science, but I also remembered many of the stories my mom told of the Jesuits she knew in India. So in high school when I first thought of a religious vocation the Jesuits came to mind immediately, even though I’d never met one!

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February 11, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Philip J. Grib, SJ, who died at 7:47 a.m. (CST) on Friday, February 8, 2019, at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago. He was 80 years old. May he rest in peace.

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February 5, 2019 — Today, on the 28th anniversary of his death, the cause for the beatification and canonization of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, opens.

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February 4, 2019 — The delegation visited the Kohima Region of India last month to explore possible areas of mutually beneficial exchange. .

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January 28, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Timothy J. Shepard, SJ, who died at 4:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was two days short of 73 years old. May he rest in peace.

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January 23, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Francis A. Prokes, SJ, who was called to eternal life on January 22, 2019. Frank died at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was ninety-five years old, a Jesuit for seventy years, and a priest for sixty-one years.

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January 23, 2019 — Fr. Tom Florek, SJ, recently accompanied 10 University of Detroit Mercy students to the U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso, Texas.

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January 21, 2019 — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are 31 of his inspirational quotes to help us remember the power of a vision and give us the courage to act upon our own dreams.

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January 18, 2019 — Former college president brings extensive experience and commitment to innovative education models.

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January 17, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Eugene F. Merz, SJ, who was called to eternal life on January 16, 2019, around 5:30 a.m. Gene died at Zilber Hospice in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was eighty-seven years old, a Jesuit for seventy years, and a priest for fifty-seven years.

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January 16, 2019 — It was a homecoming fifty years in the making. In 2016, Fr. Casey Bukala, SJ, moved to the Colombiere Center near Detroit, where elder Jesuits live in community, receive the healthcare they need, and pray for the Church and the Society. It was not Fr. Bukala’s first time at Colombiere, however.

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January 9, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John “Jack” R. Crocker, SJ, who died on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.

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January 9, 2019 — The Walsh triplets all attend Loyola University Chicago medical school — where their parents also attended.

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January 3, 2019 — Ten percent of the 116th U.S. Congress are Jesuit college and university alumni/ae, including several from Midwest Jesuit universities.

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