Announcing the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
On December 3, the feast of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of missionaries and one of the first companions of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, the Society of Jesus celebrated a significant milestone: the establishment of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.
Founded in 1972, the Jesuit Conference, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., was formed to represent the Society of Jesus in the United States so that American Jesuits could effectively address national and international needs while providing a national voice and a platform for cooperation.
Father General Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, superior general of the Society of Jesus, has expanded the Jesuit Conference’s reach by approving the creation of a new organization, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. Like the Jesuit Conference, the new organization’s scope will include: advocacy around social justice issues, including immigration and poverty; liaison staffing to the two Jesuit provinces in Canada and seven Jesuit provinces in the United States; and work on key focus areas, including pre-secondary, secondary, and higher education at Jesuit institutions, Jesuit formation, and vocation promotion.
The Jesuit Conference’s president, Fr. Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ, said, “Today on the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, a Jesuit known for always having his sights set on the future, we are grateful that Fr. General has approved our new Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. The Provincials of Canada and the United States have worked closely together for many years, so this step comes as no surprise. Forming a new Conference recognizes the success of that cooperation, acknowledges our shared history, and anticipates the opportunities for further collaboration in the mission that awaits us.”
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.”