October 26, 2017 — Last weekend, 12 Jesuits were ordained as deacons by Bishop
Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of Oakland, California, at the Cathedral of Christ
the Light in Oakland. For Jesuits in formation, ordination to the diaconate is
the final step in preparation for priestly ordination in the Society of Jesus.
The new deacons are currently studying theology at the Jesuit School of
Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California.
Over Labor Day weekend, 12 Jesuits were ordained by Cardinal
Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap., at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill,
Massachusetts. These newly ordained deacons are students at the Boston College
School of Theology and Ministry.
Earlier in the year, five Jesuits were ordained by Most
Reverend Wayne Kirkpatrick, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto, at
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto, and two Jesuits were ordained in Quebec
City by Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix at the Jesuit Chapel there.
Deacons proclaim the Gospel, preach and teach in the name of
the church. As ministers of sacraments, they baptize, witness marriages and
conduct wake and funeral services.
The newly ordained deacons have responded promptly to their
call to service, assigned to parishes until next summer when they will be
ordained to the priesthood and receive their first missions as Jesuit priests.
June 20, 2018 - Pope Francis has criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world’s immigration problems.
June 14, 2018 - Rep. Juan Vargas read a letter on the U.S. House Floor by Jesuit West Provincial Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, calling for support for the peaceful negotiation of a solution to the crisis in Nicaragua and for respect for the physical safety of all Nicaraguans.
June 11, 2018 - Bishop of San Diego, Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy ordained on Saturday, June 9, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro, California, four Jesuit Priests: Fr. JT Tanner, SJ , Fr. Elías Puentes, SJ, Fr. Alejandro Báez-González, SJ, and Fr. Thomas Flowers, SJ.
June 10, 2018 - The Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus held its Ordination Mass near the U.S.-Mexico border to call attention to the plight of immigrants. Province leaders and priests also participated in a Prayer Rally on June 8 at Chicano Park in San Diego in support of immigrants.
Jesuits West sponsored a spiritually enriching Portugal Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima and the renown cities of Porto and Lisbon, May 21-31. Father Sam Bellino, SJ, and Father John Mossi, SJ, were the spiritual directors for the journey which included daily Masses at Fatima.