The Gospel tells us that it is not good to pour new wine into old wineskins lest the old skins burst; nor are we to patch old clothes with new cloth lest the old garments fall apart. Well, over the past few years, under the watchful gaze of Devcon Construction and Project Manager Fr. Chuck Tilley, we have done just that - we have poured new wine into this old wineskin of a building and added some new patches - and the building has not burst or torn. In fact, this old building and all of us who live and work here stand proud, relatively healthy, and very grateful to all of you for your generous support of the Generations Campaign.
Today, I pray God's blessing on all of you, our friends and benefactors, you made the pouring of new wine into this venerable old building possible. We, all of us - Jesuits and staff - ask God to bless you and your families.
I also pray God's blessing on all the staff in the California Province Advancement Office who, over the past four years, went out to the highways and byways with tin cup in hand and asked for your support. May god bless you, Advancement folks, and your families.
Next I pray God's blessing on all our staff - there are 80 Jesuits here and it takes more than a village of staff persons to care for us. May God bless all our staff and their families.Finally, I pray God's blessing on this wonderful old wineskin of a building, may all who live here, live with great gratitude for you, our benefactors, and with great gratitude to our God who, as we say in the marriage liturgy, looks after us in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, all the days of our lives.
In the name of all of us West coast Jesuits, I make this blessing, in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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.
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