December 30, 2016 — It was a historic year for the Society of Jesus, as Jesuit delegates gathered for a General Congregation in Rome and elected Venezuelan Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, the order’s first leader from Latin America. While the congregation was a highlight for the Society, the year was marked by many other noteworthy moments.
Decades in the making, Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” tells the story of Portuguese Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan. Although the film is based on a fictional novel by the Japanese author Endo Shusaku, many of the events and people depicted in “Silence” are real.
Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, director of the Vatican Observatory, will be presenting a retreat, “Science, Religion, and Beauty in the Stars,” at The Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, Feb. 17-19, 2017.
December 9, 2016 — Father Thomas H. Smolich, SJ, international director of Jesuit Refugee Service and former provincial of the California Provoince, was honored for his commitment to the promotion of peace and social justice.
Father John “Jack” Morris, SJ, died in 2012 before he could finish his book, “Ruined for Life.” Still, through the help of his associate Barbara Underwood Scharff, his story is largely told through his own words. The book describes the interior changes of heart that happen to volunteers after a year or two of companionship with the poor.
In a world of conflict, deeply in need of the mercy frequently implored by Pope Francis, Jesuits can be agents of reconciliation and dialogue, the Society’s new Superior General Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, said in an exclusive interview with America magazine.
Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) will honor Fr. Thomas Smolich, SJ, former provincial of the California Province, with the CRISPAZ Peace Award on November 30, at an evening reception at Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies joins sister organizations advocating for peace and goodwill to host the Good Neighbor Conference: Addressing Hate through Advocacy and Action on Saturday, December 3.
On the heels of an American presidential election characterized by vitriol, 1,800 young adults from Jesuit institutions across the country gathered in the nation’s capital at the 19th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In to learn, advocate, serve, and meet others devoted to unity and peace.
California Provincial Father Michael Weiler, SJ, and Oregon Provincial Father Scott Santarosa, SJ, took some time from General Congregation 36 in Rome to discuss how new Jesuit Superior General Fr. Arturo, Sosa, SJ, is the right man right man to guide the Society of Jesus.
The day after the U.S. presidential election, students at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix reported disturbing incidents, including Latino students being asked by fellow students if they realized that their last day at Brophy would coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump. Brophy Principal Bob Ryan addressed the situation head on, sending a letter to parents that described racial tensions at the school since the election.
On November 12, members of the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 (GC 36) voted to close the Congregation, the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus. GC 36 opened on Oct. 2 and elected a new leader, Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, on Oct. 14.
More than 1,800 individuals are expected to gather at the 19th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice from November 12-14 in Washington, D.C. The annual gathering provides opportunities for attendees to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate in the context of the Catholic faith tradition.
In his first in-depth interview after being elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Venezuelan Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, was quick to point out that he didn’t arrive at the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 in Rome with an expectation that he would be the man selected for the job.
Father Fredric W. Schlatter, SJ, a scholar of classical languages and history who influenced the lives of many students at Gonzaga University, entered into God’s peace on October 21 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Infirmary in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.