Jesuits Call for Legislation Banning Sale of Assault Weapons
February 21, 2018 — For the last 50 years, Fr. Bill Muller,
SJ, executive director of the Jesuit Schools Network, the organization that
represents the 84 Jesuit middle and secondary schools in the U.S. and Canada,
has devoted his life to Jesuit education. He’s helped nurture thousands of
young people and witnessed the sacrifice of teachers who have devoted their
lives to helping students fulfill their dreams. A prominent Jesuit educator,
Fr. Muller this week added his name to the growing outcry over yet another
school massacre, saying, “We have to do something. We cannot risk other young
lives being wasted.”
Offering prayers and support
to the family and friends of those killed last week in Parkland, Florida, Fr.
Muller wrote, “The deaths of innocent children and their teachers are the
hardest to bear in this terrible trend of violence. We stand with so many voices
against the proliferation of guns in our country.”
“Columbine, Virginia Tech,
Newtown, Parkland — and others. They are the names of our shame as a nation. We
cannot risk another young life because of our inaction,” Fr. Muller concluded.
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.
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