Father Michael J. Mandala, SJ, emeritus president of Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles, died September 9, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He suffered from pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years of age and had been a member of the Jesuit Order for 54 years, 41 years a priest.
Father John J. (“Hex”) Kindall, SJ, longtime high school teacher/principal and pastor in schools and parishes throughout the Pacific Northwest, died August 25, 2018 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California. He was 91 years of age, a Jesuit for 74 years, and 61 years a priest.
The Jesuits West Prayer for September centers on St. Peter Claver, SJ, whose feast day is September 9. From 1610 until his death in 1654, Peter Claver, ministered to the slaves brought from Africa to Cartagena, Colombia. Peter signed his name, “slave of the slaves forever.”
August 26, 2018 – Bishop Thomas Daley of Spokane celebrated the 8:30 am Mass at St. Aloysius Church and officially announced Fr. Tom Lamanna, SJ, as the new Pastor. Fr. Jerry Graham, SJ, joins the parish team as Associate Pastor.
August 24, 2018 - In a letter released today, Jesuit Superior General Father Arturo Sosa addressed the Society of Jesus and its lay collaborators regarding the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
August 17, 2018 – Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, Provincial of Jesuits West, released this statement concerning the Pennsylvania grand jury findings. Fr. Santarosa ask for prayers for victims of abuse and to move forward with integrity and in true service in the example of Christ.
August 11, 2018 - 10 Novices professed Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience at Santa Clara Mission Church on the Feast of St. Clare of Assisi. Watch the 90 min Live Stream of the Vow Mass featuring music, readings, homily, Eucharistic Prayer, and Profession of Vows by the new Jesuits. Live Streaming Team: Martin Ngo, SJ, & Francis Nguyen, SJ.
August 10, 2018 - Fr. Provincial Santarosa, SJ, delivered a major address during Jesuits West Province Days at Santa Clara University. His talk divides into three parts: The Moment, where Jesuits West is now; The Path, where Jesuits West is going; and The Hope, what keeps us going.
Pope Francis in a challenging homily delivered at Geneva, Switzerland, asks us to examine the qualify of our complicated, over busy lifestyles. In the spirit of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, he invites us to simplicity, reflection and prayer.
July 31, 2018 - A festive Mass was concelebrated at Santa Clara Mission Church on July 31 with President Mike Engh, SJ, as main celebrant and homilist. The Santa Clara Jesuit Community concelebrated the liturgy with members and friends of the Santa Clara University Community in attendance.
July 30, 2018 - Fr. Provincial Scott Santarosa, SJ, initiates a year of prayer and discernment for Jesuits West Province. To assist in this process, each month a new prayer will be provided for Jesuits and friends to pray for the ministries of Jesuits West. To read Fr. Scott’s letter and the accompanying Fr. Pedro Arrupe prayer, click HERE.
May 13-23, 2020
Portraying the last week of the life of Christ, the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany occurs only every 10 years. Please join us on this breathtaking pilgrimage, as we include visits to Salzburg, Munich and more.
June 20, 2018 - Pope Francis speaks out on behalf of migrant families and mothers separated from their children at the Mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world’s immigration problem.
June 14, 2018 - Rep. Juan Vargas read a letter on the U.S. House Floor by Jesuit West Provincial Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, calling for support for the peaceful negotiation of a solution to the crisis in Nicaragua and for respect for the physical safety of all Nicaraguans.
June 11, 2018 - Bishop of San Diego, Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy ordained on Saturday, June 9, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro, California, four Jesuit Priests: Fr. JT Tanner, SJ , Fr. Elías Puentes, SJ, Fr. Alejandro Báez-González, SJ, and Fr. Thomas Flowers, SJ.
June 10, 2018 - The Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus held its Ordination Mass near the U.S.-Mexico border to call attention to the plight of immigrants. Province leaders and priests also participated in a Prayer Rally on June 8 at Chicano Park in San Diego in support of immigrants.
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Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra
The Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra is an adult, youth, and family retreat center in Applegate, Placer County, California, for nonprofit groups of 20-130 (105 guests overnight; +25 additional beds in summer only).