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When Oregon Jesuit Fr. Jack Bentz, began as campus minister at St. Paul’s Catholic Student Center at Boise State University last summer, he became the first Jesuit to hold that position in the school’s history. Now, he’s working to bring Ignatian spirituality to campus.

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May 12, 2015 — Last year, 21 Jesuits in Canada and the U.S. were called to final vows, and many took the opportunity to reflect on the greatest blessing of their Jesuit vocation.

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No sentence gets spoken more at Homeboy Industries than this one: “This is the longest I've ever been out.” It is a refrain uttered by formerly gang-involved and “serious and violent” felons, in government parlance. These are not the “nons,” the nonviolent and nonserious offenders, but those who are most likely to endanger public safety. Unless, of course, they can find a healing place of hope.

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The Kino Border Initiative, a Jesuit ministry on the U.S.-Mexico border, will be honored with a “Legacy of the Martyrs” Award from the Ignatian Solidarity Network on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in recognition of their ongoing commitment to affirming the dignity of those who migrate through accompaniment, advocacy, and education. The awards are part of ISN’s year-long commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Jesuits’ deaths, which kicked off with a delegation to El Salvador comprised of Jesuit institution representatives from across the U.S.

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April 27, 2015 — Jesuits are responding to the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 and has killed over 4,000 people.

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Thanks to a $55,825 grant from the Adams Mastrovich Family Foundation, Loyola Marymount University will send two full-time post-graduate volunteers to the Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota next academic year.

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The Ignatian Solidarity Network honored Sister Carol Keehan, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), with the Robert M. Holstein “Faith Doing Justice Award” on April 16 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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The board of directors of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA) voted today to establish the Jesuit Schools Network of North America. The Jesuit Schools Network will replace JSEA as the organization charged with providing services and programming to the 80 Jesuit pre-secondary and secondary schools in the U.S. and Canada.

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Ignatian Solidarity Network recognizes Sr. Helen Prejean’s passionate advocacy against the death penalty with national leadership award

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Loyola High School of Los Angeles, celebrating its 150th anniversary as the oldest continually operated educational institution in Southern California, will hold an historic community service initiative with more than 1,000 participants at 100 sites on April 11.

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April 1, 2015 — Loyola Marymount University has elected Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., as the 16th president of the university. He will take on his new role beginning June 1, 2015.

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?For a record-setting eighth consecutive year, Sacramento's St. Ignatius Parish School is the winner of the Sacramento Junior High Academic Decathlon. No other school, in the 26-year history of the event has achieved this unprecedented success.

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Jesuit Father Sean Carroll, executive director of a bi-national ministry that accompanies migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, says the experience of walking across the border is extremely powerful: “You read about it, you hear about it, but the reality of walking across the border is very impactful.” Last month, Jesuit provincials from Canada, the United States, Central America and Mexico found that out for themselves when they visited Fr. Carroll’s ministry, the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

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Father Harry Tyler “Dutch” Olivier entered into God’s peace on March 17, 2015 in Arizona Heart Hospital, Phoenix. He was 88 and had been a Jesuit for 70 years.

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In 1980, a refugee crisis seized world headlines. Vietnamese were fleeing their county in anything that could float, and images of the “boat people” were seared into many peoples’ hearts. Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ, then-Superior General of the Society of Jesus, was one such person.

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As men’s basketball chaplains Fathers Dave Anderson, SJ, and Frank Case, SJ, work to keep college players grounded in faith on and off the court.

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March 10, 2015 — Today the Society of Jesus celebrates the feast of Saint John Ogilvie, a Jesuit martyr, and commemorates the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Today the Society of Jesus celebrates the feast of Saint John Ogilvie, a Jesuit martyr, and commemorates the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Homeboy Industries was in trouble. The famed Los Angeles institution founded by Father Gregory Boyle in 1988 to help steer people away from the gang life through job training and counseling was going broke.

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Jesuit Father George Williams serves as the Catholic chaplain at San Quentin State Prison.

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February 25, 2015 — The Ignatian Spirituality Project is a national network providing Ignatian retreats to men and women who are homeless and in recovery from addiction.

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February 22, 2015 — After more than eight months in captivity, Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar has been released from Afghanistan.

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The migrants begin gathering just after daybreak. Women with young children in tow, men in wool caps and faded hoodies. Others still wearing the bright orange uniforms they were issued in prison. Few speak. Most look down at their feet. Hours earlier they had been on the other side of the border, where they had been living illegally in the United States. But now, after their deportation to Mexico, they're lining up outside El Comedor — the dining room — in search of food, clothing and help.

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Father Max Oliva, SJ, has announced the publication of his newest book that explores the 10 Commandments and how they touch peoples’ lives today. Titled “The Ten Commandments for Everyday Life,” this down-to-earth book, the sixth by Fr. Oliva, is rooted in scripture and shares real-life stories that are both inspirational and practical.

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February 6, 2015 — In a letter to U.S. Representatives and Senators, the Jesuits of Canada and the United States urged Congress to reject amendments to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that will hurt immigrants.

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