Jesuits West Hosts Day of Recollection for Formation Donors
A Day of Recollection for Jesuits West Province donors was held at The Jesuit Novitiate of the Three Companions in Culver City, Calif., on March 10. Father Thomas Rausch, SJ, T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University, offered a presentation to attendees on his latest book, The Slow Work of God. Celebration of the Eucharist followed in the Chapel of St. Ignatius with Director of Novices Father Steve Corder, SJ, as principal celebrant, assisted by Father John Mossi, SJ, homilist, and Fr. Tom Rausch, SJ, concelebrant.
This appreciation event for donors who support Jesuit Formation was organized by Barbara Gunning, Jesuits West Province senior philanthropy officer for Southern California and Arizona in collaboration with the Jesuit Novitiate team of Fr. Corder, Father Tony Harris, SJ, socius, and Father Scott Coble, SJ, community minister.
During lunch, first-year Novices introduced themselves, sharing with attendees where they grew up, their previous position before entering the Novitiate and current apostolic ministry as a novice. At the conclusion of the Day of Recollection, Gunning thanked the benefactors for their important role of supporting the education and training of future Jesuit priests and brothers.
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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