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Echoing Pope Francis’ call to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis, the Society of Jesus is urging elected officials to admit greater numbers of Syrian refugees to both Canada and the United States.

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Pope Francis delivered an historic address before a joint meeting of U.S. Congress on September 24. Welcomed with a standing ovation, he addressed not just Congress, but all Americans.

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Bill Lockyear, longtime chief financial officer of the Oregon Province who is retiring later this year, was awarded the province's John Traynor Award for his decades of dedicated service to the Northwest Jesuits.

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Oregon Jesuit Fr. Pat Conroy, SJ, is Chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives. Before Pope Francis addressed Congress, Fr. Conroy got to meet briefly with the Pope.

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Father Michael J. Kotlanger, SJ, archivist at the University of San Francisco, entered into God’s peace on October 4 after a long illness. He was 69 and a Jesuit for 47 years.

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Father Paul F. “Cappy” Capitolo, SJ, long-time teacher and student counselor at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, entered into God’s peace September 29 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 80.

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Father James R. “Jim” Hanley, SJ, entered into God’s peace on September 28 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos after a long illness. He was 88.

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Pope Francis has named Maryland Province Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno to be the new director of the Vatican Observatory.

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Father Gerald L. McKevitt, SJ, professor emeritus of history at Santa Clara University, entered into God’s peace September 18 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 76.

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Father Andrew "Andy" C. Dachauer, former professor of chemistry at the University of San Francisco and longtime pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Mammoth Lakes, entered into God’s peace on September 12 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 85.

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September 22, 2015 — When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. today for his historic visit, Jesuits and their collaborators will be marking the occasion in numerous ways.

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September 17, 2015 — An overview of Pope Francis' life as a Jesuit; he entered the Society of Jesus in 1958 at age 21.

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During his upcoming visit to the United States, Pope Francis will roam the corridors of power — at the White House, in the U.S. Congress and at the United Nations.

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The stories of migrants are not often heard, like that of Roberto, 33, who tried crossing into the U.S. from Mexico in 2014 and was kneed and spit upon while being apprehended by Border Patrol agents, resulting in two broken ribs.

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September 14, 2015 — As excitement builds for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the U.S., 300 Jesuits in formation offer words of welcome and share their perspectives about the significance of a Jesuit pope.

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Pope Francis is among those who demonstrate the impact of a Jesuit education

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This fall, 45 new novices in the U.S., Canada and Haiti are entering the Society of Jesus, beginning the same journey Pope Francis did 57 years ago.

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All 28 Jesuit institutions are listed near the top of their classification category among America’s “Best Colleges,” according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2016.

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Recognizing societal changes and a stigma that goes with “old school” retreats as being out of touch with today’s world, The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos and Loyola Institute for Spirituality are finding fresh ways to bring Ignatian spirituality to contemporary Christians.

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St. Ignatius was nothing if not meticulous about every aspect of the “Company of Jesus,” the Jesuit order, he founded almost 500 years ago. So last December when Father General Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, the Jesuits’ Superior General convoked the 36th General Congregation to elect his successor, no one was ruffled.

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August 20, 2015 — Over the last few months, each of the nine Jesuit provinces of the U.S. and Canada held province congregation to elect the delegates for General Congregation 36.

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Twenty-four Jesuit novices in Canada and the United States professed First Vows of poverty, chastity and obedience this month. The profession of vows comes after a Jesuit completes his first two years of formation in the novitiate and signifies his commitment to the Society of Jesus.

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A new high school in San Jose is using new ways of teaching to raise expectations and send students’ hopes and test scores soaring. Walk onto the campus of the new Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School and you quickly realize that you’ve entered a different world than the high school you grew up in.

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Eight men from the California and Oregon provinces of the Society of Jesus completed their two-year novitiate program and professed First Vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience before family, friends, and a large audience of well-wishers at a Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University on August 8.

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On August 4th, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors presented Fr. Gregory Goethals, SJ, ’73, with a commemorative scroll honoring Loyola High School, its sesquicentennial, and its contribution to Los Angeles.

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