West Province announced a new prison ministry – Jesuit Restorative Justice
Initiative Northwest (JRJINW). The seeds for this initiative were planted in
2015, when Jennifer Kelly and her rock band played a concert at Monroe
Correctional Center in Washington. Upon meeting an inmate who had been praying
for years to make an Ignatian retreat, Kelly was moved by grace and touched by
the generosity of spirit and gratitude of the inmates to explore the possibility
of doing something about that prayer.
spent almost a year preparing for this ministry by working with Father Mike
Kennedy, SJ, founder and director of the Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative
(JRJI) in California, traveling once a month to be part of the JRJI team that
offers the Spiritual Exercises to the incarcerated in California.
the support of Jesuits West Provincial Father Scott Santarosa, SJ, JRJINW
offered its first retreat on October 29, 2016 to the inmates of Monroe Correctional
Facility. Andrew Carrell (formerly of JRJI California), Father Pat Kelly, SJ,
from Seattle University, and Jennifer Kelly’s husband Gerry Scully joined the
team for its second retreat at Monroe on January 28, 2017. Since then, there
have been three additional retreats with more planned for 2018.
ministry relies on the leadership of Jennifer Kelly and the generous
self-sacrifice of other volunteers. The Province provides a small stipend for
supplies and marginal costs. This work will develop slowly and carefully and
only with volunteer help. Two more prisons are currently inquiring about the
possibility of bringing retreats to their facilities.
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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