U.S. Jesuit College and University Presidents Release Statement on Undocumented Students
November 30, 2016 — Today, 27 U.S. Jesuit college and
university presidents released a statement on undocumented students, in which
they reaffirmed their commitment “to uphold the dignity of every person, to
work for the common good of our nation, and to promote a living faith that
works for justice.”
As presidents of Jesuit colleges and universities, they wrote that they felt “spiritually and morally compelled to raise a collective
voice confirming our values and commitments as Americans and educators.”
In the statement, the presidents said they would continue
working “to protect to the fullest extent of the law undocumented students on
our campuses; to promote retention of the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals Program (DACA); to support and stand with our students, faculty
and staff regardless of their faith traditions; and to preserve the
religious freedoms on which our nation was founded.”
The presidents wrote that they hoped their statement would “inspire
members of our University communities, as well as the larger national community,
to promote efforts at welcome, dialogue, and reconciliation among all that
share our land.”
They concluded by saying that they welcome
further conversation and are committed to modeling “the kind of discourse and
debate that are at the heart of our nation’s ideals. And we promise to bring
the best resources of our institutions — of intellect, reflection, and service —
to bear in the task of fostering understanding in the United States at this
particular time in our history.”
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.”
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