When we last met in these pages, I was singing the virtues of the lay and Jesuit collaboration in our province office. As I finished putting those words to paper, we were—like many others—swept from the workplace by the COVID-19 pandemic. We learned to navigate a new world of Zoom meetings and social distancing, and I’m happy to report that the work of the Society of Jesus continued largely uninterrupted. Yet, the pandemic continues to wreak devastation on the health and well-being of many of our loved ones, and we pray that they and all affected may find relief.
Just before the pandemic appeared, a group from our offices traveled to meet Fr. General Arturo Sosa and Jesuits celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Kohima Region. We devote a special section in this issue to this most fruitful collaboration. Speaking of Kohima, women religious actively partnering in our ministries; they are a blessing in so many ways. Also, on the international scene, you’ll read of works in Asia, focusing on the impact of Jesuit education in Guam and presence in Japan.
Closer to home, the worldwide faith community of JesuitPrayer.org received a grant from the Helen Brach Foundation. With those monies, we will provide three Cristo Rey schools with an app, email, and website featuring daily Scripture, Ignatian reflection, and prayer in Spanish.
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Midwest Jesuit Fr. Joshua Peters, SJ, was ordained by the Most Rev. Donald F. Hanchon on June 20, at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit. Photo by Barbara Ries.