Father Vernon J. Ruland, S.J., died peacefully Thursday, April 2, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 77 years old. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on October 15, 1931, Vern entered the Society of Jesus in Milford, Ohio, on August 8, 1950. He pronounced final vows on August 15, 1967, in Detroit and transcribed to the California Province on June 18, 1992. May he rest in peace.
All members of the California Province and those applied to it are to offer or celebrate one first intention Mass and members of the Loyola House Jesuit Community and those attached to it but living elsewhere (cf. 2009 Catalogus USA, pgs. 45-46) are to offer or celebrate one additional first intention Mass for the repose of Vern’s soul.
Mass of Christian Burial:
Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.
St. Ignatius Church
650 Parker Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118
following Mass of Christian Burial
Santa Clara Mission Cemetery
490 Lincoln Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Gonzaga University has hired Jacob H. Rooksby, JD, PhD, as the new dean of Gonzaga University School of Law. He will start his term on June 1. Rooksby succeeds Dean Jane Korn, who began her tenure in 2011.
Father Francis “Frank” Goodman Hernandez, SJ, longtime teacher of physics and computer science at Jesuit High School, Carmichael, Calif., entered into God’s peace April 11 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos.
Kate Hannick, a Seattle University junior and economics and public affairs double major, has been named a 2018 Truman Scholar, one of only 59 selected this year by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Psychology doctoral student Liliana Campos Ramales won’t graduate for another two years, but she already knows the types of patients she wants to work with as a psychologist – undocumented residents who face constant fear of being discovered and deported.
Gonzaga University will welcome eight new Act Six Scholars to the incoming class of 2022. The urban and community leaders from Spokane and the Tacoma-Seattle area will receive full-tuition, full-need, four-year scholarships as members of the latest Act Six cohort.
The Board of Directors of Verbum Dei High School announced the appointment of Father Stephen A. Privett, SJ, as president. Father Privett will lead the Catholic boys high school that has been acclaimed for providing its South Central Los Angeles students a rigorous college prep curriculum for more than five decades.
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