Father Roberto “Carlos” Durán, SJ, Ordained in San Salvador
Congratulations and prayers for Father Roberto “Carlos”
Durán, who was ordained to the priesthood March 23 at the Metropolitan
Cathedral of San Salvador in the crypt of Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero.
San Salvador Archbishop José Luis
Escobar Arias presided at the Ordination liturgy.
Father Durán is currently doing pastoral work in El
Salvador at Parroquia San Bartolomé in Arcatao. Because of difficulties with
his visa, Fr. Durán had to return to his native El Salvador to continue with
his formation. He was originally set to be ordained this June in San Diego with
four other Jesuits.
Jesuits West Provincial Father Scott Santarosa, SJ, said,
“We hope that Carlos can return to the Faber Community in Boston, but when we
join the Society, we join a worldwide body. So, like Carlos, we ask God to help
us flourish wherever we are. Let us pray for our brother, Carlos, as he begins
his ministry. And, let us also pray that he will return home to us soon.”
Father Durán undertook his first studies at
Loyola University Chicago and the Jesuit philosophy program in Buenos Aires,
Argentina. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the Universidad
Don Bosco in El Salvador.
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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