Oregon and California Province Websites Have Been Combined
Thank you for your interest in the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province. We have recently blended our website with that of the California Province at www.jesuitswest.org in advance of our coming together to form a new larger province, Jesuits West, which will officially launch in July, 2017. The blended website has the same graphic look and content structure of the former Oregon Province website.
The coming together of the California and Oregon provinces represents a return to the roots of the two provinces which separated from a single province in 1932. As a new, larger province, Jesuits West will have a geographic territory that includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The new province will maintain the same hallmarks for which the Jesuits have come to be recognized, including work in education, Ignatian Spirituality, parishes, retreat centers, and social ministries to the poor and disadvantaged.
In recent years, Jesuits from the Oregon and California provinces have been missioned to leadership roles in the other province. And, for many years, the provinces have operated a joint Novitiate and Formation program for the education and training of future Jesuit priests and brothers.
The blended website includes full lists of Jesuits West ministries, news, events, Jesuit obituaries, as well as news from other Jesuit works around the world and updates on initiatives of Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope.
Father Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, issued a public apology today to nearly 100 descendants of slaves gathered at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “The Society of Jesus prays with you today because we have greatly sinned, and because we are profoundly sorry.”
Father Greg Boyle, SJ, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 172nd University commencement ceremony on May 21.
Father Ron Funke, SJ, entered into God’s peace March 21 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 83. Teacher, hospital chaplain, parish priest, and sacramental minister, Fr. Funke’s upbeat approach and deep commitment to service made him a treasured presence in many lives.
Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix hosted a fundraising dinner for the Kino Border Initiative, a nonprofit in Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, dedicated to providing food, clothing, and shelter to migrants. More than $150,000 was raised at the March 25 event.
Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission in Los Angeles recently released the following letter from Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Sanchez, announcing the establishment of The Boyle Heights and Eastside Immigrants Rights Network.
We strive to promote justice, enhance faith, and find God in all things.
We welcome partners in mission who wish to volunteer at our ministries or learn more about Ignatian spirituality.
Your support makes it possible for us to continue our ministries of education and service to all of God’s people, especially the poor.
Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra
The Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra is an adult, youth, and family retreat center in Applegate, Placer County, California, for nonprofit groups of 20-130 (105 guests overnight; +25 additional beds in summer only).