March 1, 2017 — Today on Ash Wednesday, Jesuit Father Scott Santarosa, provincial of the Jesuits' Oregon Province, reflects on what Lent means to him. Fr. Santarosa finds that the most meaningful Lents are when he does something that puts him in solidarity with others.
When Fr. Santarosa worked at a Los Angeles parish with many
immigrants, he would fast on Wednesdays. If he was tempted to eat, he would
think about those who struggled to have enough.
“When I do it only for myself and my own sanctity, not that
good,” he says of his Lenten experiences. “When I do it to connect myself with
another group of people, much better.”
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.