Gonzaga Students Help Generate $1 Million in Tax Refunds
For the fourth
consecutive year, Gonzaga University accounting and economics students working
with the IRS and United Way have helped generate more than $1 million in refunds
through their free income tax return preparation efforts for low- and
middle-income Spokane residents. Students from Eastern Washington University
and Whitworth University joined the efforts.
The United Way’s
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site, which was staffed by 70
IRS-certified student volunteers from Gonzaga along with nine from EWU and
eight from Whitworth, filed 793 electronic and paper returns and generated
$1.09 million in total refunds, said Andrew Brajcich, Gonzaga assistant professor
effort included more than 851 hours of volunteer service by GU students. Gonzaga
students who deserve special recognition for their extra work include: Cole
Garcia, Molly Steilen, Carter Padgham, and Divin Kanyama, Brajcich said.
“Thanks to all of
our student volunteers,” Brajcich said.
Gonzaga students the opportunity to implement many of the concepts they learn
in class while providing a community service. Many VITA clients would have had
difficulty obtaining much-needed refunds if such services were not offered. To
volunteer, Gonzaga students attended two full days of training over a holiday
weekend and then passed a certification exam.
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.