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.
August 13, 2018 - 10 Novices professed Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience at Santa Clara Mission Church on Saturday, August 11, the Feast of St. Clare of Assisi. Watch the 1 hour 30 minutes Live Stream of the inspiring Vow Mass featuring music, readings, homily, Eucharistic Prayer, Profession of Vows and reception of Vow Crucifixes by the new Jesuits. Live Streaming Team: Martin Ngo, SJ, & Francis Nguyen, SJ.
August 2 - In his prayer intention for the month of August 2018, Pope Francis says: "Together, let us ask Jesus that any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.
July 31 - A festive Mass was concelebrated at Santa Clara Mission Church on July 31 with President Mike Engh, SJ, as main celebrant and homilist. The Santa Clara Jesuit Community concelebrated the liturgy with members and friends of the Santa Clara University Community in attendance.
July 30, 2018 - Fr. Provincial Scott Santarosa, SJ, initiates a year of prayer and discernment for Jesuits West Province. To assist in this process, each month a new prayer will be provided for Jesuits and friends to pray for the ministries of Jesuits West. To read Fr. Scott’s letter and the accompanying Fr. Pedro Arrupe prayer, click HERE.
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