California Province Launches Generations Capital Campaign
For more than a century, the California Province of the Society of Jesus has faithfully responded to the call of Christ to proclaim the Word of God and help men and women of all ages experience lives of faith, hope, and love. To serve that Mission, a diversity of ministries sprang up: universities, high schools, parishes, middle and elementary schools, missionary efforts to China and Latin America, retreat and spirituality centers, and social ministries for the poor and marginalized.
To continue this vital mission—the service of Faith and the Justice that it includes—in the midst of current economic and societal challenges, and in a spirit of gratitude to those Jesuits who for generations have spread the Word of God and devoted their lives to the service of others, the California Province has launched an exceptional fundraising effort—the first in its history—with a goal of $27 million to address three critical needs:
Needed capital upgrades at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center to improve the quality of life and care for elderly and infirm Jesuits who have devoted their lives to the service of the people of the Church. (Goal: $10.5 million)
Expansion and renovation of The Jesuit Novitiate of the Three Companions in Culver City, Calif., to meet the needs of the growing number of men entering the Society of Jesus. (Goal: $4.5 million)
Strengthening the endowment for Formation to provide for the religious training and intellectual education of the next generation of Jesuit Priests and Brothers so that they can take their place in the ministry, responding to the needs of future generations of people hungry for the love of God. (Goal: $12 million)
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.”