Jesuits West sponsored a spiritually enriching Portugal
Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima and the renown cities of
Porto and Lisbon, May 21-31. Father Sam
Bellino, SJ, and Father John Mossi, SJ, were the spiritual directors for the
journey which included daily Masses at Fatima, and visits to significant
shrines and cathedrals, as well as the famous baroque Jesuit Church of San
Under expert tour guides, 31 pilgrims experienced the
cultural, historical, and Catholic traditions of Portugal. St. Isabella of
Portugal was the special pilgrimage patron whose tomb was visited at the
Monastery of St. Clare, Coimbra. The
city of Porto included Port wine tasting followed by a relaxing cruise of the
Douro River. In Sintra, the World Heritage royal Pena Palace of Ferdinand II
was a unique highlight. In Lisbon, the
tour ended with a visit to an artisan tile factory and then a festive farewell
dinner featuring Portuguese Fado music.
Jesuits West is sponsoring two pilgrimages in 2019: April in
Paris, April 23 – May 2, and the El Camino De Santiago, Spain, September 30 –
October 11, 2019. For more information, visit the Events section of the Jesuits
West Province website at www.jesuitswest.org
June 14, 2018 - Rep. Juan Vargas read a letter on the U.S. House Floor by Jesuit West Provincial Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, calling for support for the peaceful negotiation of a solution to the crisis in Nicaragua and for respect for the physical safety of all Nicaraguans.
June 11, 2018 - Bishop of San Diego, Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy ordained on Saturday, June 9, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro, California, four Jesuit Priests: Fr. JT Tanner, SJ , Fr. Elías Puentes, SJ, Fr. Alejandro Báez-González, SJ, and Fr. Thomas Flowers, SJ.
June 10, 2018 - The Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus held its Ordination Mass near the U.S.-Mexico border to call attention to the plight of immigrants. Province leaders and priests also participated in a Prayer Rally on June 8 at Chicano Park in San Diego in support of immigrants.