Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt, 75, who refused to leave war-torn Syria, instead staying in Homs to help the poor and homeless, was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head today, according to an email sent by the Jesuits' Middle East province to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome.
Father William R. Stoeger, SJ, astronomer at the Vatican Observatory, died March 24 in Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif., after a struggle with cancer. He was 70 years old and had been a member of the Society of Jesus for 52 years.
Father George V. Kennard, S.J., died February 27, 2014 at Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a brief illness. He was 94, a Jesuit for 76 years, and an ordained priest for 64 years.
Today, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Church of the Gesù in Rome with fellow Jesuits for the feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, which is also the official start of the yearlong commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus.
Father Larry Murphy, S.J., founder of Loyola’s High School’s biology department and a science teacher for 25 years, was among five recipients of the prestigious Cahalan Award during the 12th annual Alumni Awards Dinner November 19 at Xavier Center on the Loyola campus in Los Angeles.
Under the leadership of Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., Homeboy Industries serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs, and operates seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites.