November 12, 2016 — This morning, members of the Jesuits’ General
Congregation 36 (GC 36) voted to close the congregation. The General Congregation,
the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus, opened on Oct. 2; elected a new leader,
Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, on Oct. 14; and ended today with a Thanksgiving
Mass at St. Ignatius Church in Rome.
The last day of the congregation began with prayer and a contemplative
examination of the six weeks of work. The delegates then evaluated the
congregation in small groups.
In the final working session of GC 36 in the Aula, Fr. Sosa
thanked the congregation for its work, emphasizing the importance of
recognizing that it is the Lord who will grow the seed that the congregation planted.
He also thanked all the people and teams involved in the process of
preparation, coordination, logistics and communications, as well as the Curia staff
and the Jesuit communities of Rome that generously welcomed the members of the congregation.
Later in the day at the Jesuits’ St. Ignatius Church, Fr. Sosa
celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the end of the congregation. Father
General invoked Mary, under the title of Our Lady of the Way, as is traditional
in the Society, praying for her intercession as she accompanies the “friends in
the Lord” leaving for every corner of the world after the congregation. He also
asked Mary to help all Jesuits to be true and authentic witnesses of the
message of Christ, that they might credibly reflect his face to the world.
At the conclusion of the Mass, Jesuits sang a hymn characteristic
of the spirituality of the Society: “Take, Lord, receive all my liberty, my
memory, understanding and my entire will, everything I have and possess. You
have given all to me. Now I return it. All is yours, dispose of it entirely
according to your will. Give me only your love and your grace. That’s enough
for me.” [Source: GC36.org]
October 11, 2018 - TESTAROSSA Winery, located at the former Novitiate Winery in Los Gatos, Calif., hosted a 130th Anniversary luncheon commemorating the 1st harvest of grapes at the Novitiate Winery, October 11, 1888. TESTAROSSA owners, Rob & Diana Jensen invited the Sacred Heart Jesuit Community and Staff for wine tasting and buffet lunch.
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.
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