"We cannot support legislation that further endangers our undocumented brothers and sisters.” — Jesuit Conference President, Father Timothy Kesicki, SJ
Jesuit Conference Responds to Anti-Immigrant Votes in House of Representatives
January 15, 2015 — The Jesuits of the United States have consistently sought
comprehensive, humane solutions to the glaring injustices occasioned by our
broken immigration system, including separation of families, stolen wages, lack
of observance of due process, and dangerous deportation practices.
Yesterday, the House of Representatives added a series of
anti-immigrant amendments to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Act. The amendments are meant not only to roll back President Obama’s recent
executive action on immigration, but also to undo important steps forward, such
as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Furthermore, the
proposed amendments offer no constructive solutions to our current immigration
challenges and will only further endanger immigrant families throughout our
Therefore, the Jesuit Conference strongly condemns the
actions in the House yesterday. The Jesuits have always advocated for
legislative solutions to the complex challenges posed by our broken immigration
system. Congress has had years to act in a bipartisan way to fix these
injustices, but chose instead to sit idle as our undocumented brothers and
sisters suffered. For that reason, we welcomed the Obama Administration’s
executive actions on immigration as a stopgap solution to this long-term
problem. For the same reason, we oppose any efforts to undo the important
protections immigrant families and community members gained under the President’s
In response to the House’s actions yesterday, Jesuit
Conference President, Father Timothy Kesicki, SJ, made the following
statement: “As Jesuits, we assess every piece of legislation through the lens
of whether or not it improves the lives of the poor and marginalized, or
whether it further undermines the justice they seek and deserve. Unfortunately,
the legislation introduced in the House of Representatives does not meet that
standard and therefore, we oppose it. We
hope the Senate will vote down the legislation as it stands. We cannot support
legislation that further endangers our undocumented brothers and sisters.”
October 9, 2018 - Father Robert Joseph Schlim, SJ, longtime teacher in Spokane schools, died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, California, October 3, 2017. He was 90 years of age, 68 years a Jesuit, and 56 years a priest.
September 30, 2018 - Jesuit Scholastics studying Philosophy spend their first summer on service immersion programs. The rural villages of Alakanuk, Bethel and Newtok in western Alaska were the frontier destinations for Shane Liesegang, SJ, John Meyers, SJ, Jason McCreery, SJ, Raymond Parcon, SJ, and James Millikan, SJ. Their mission was to contribute their talents wherever needed.
September 17, 2018 - Ms. Kim Cavnar, Principal of St. Francis Xavier School, received Loyola University of Chicago’s 2018 Damen Award from the Institute of Pastoral Studies on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
September 12, 2018 - 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.
September 5, 2018 - 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.
September 2, 2018 - 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.”