Brother Patrick Flannigan, SJ, entered into God’s peace January 3 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 76. A quiet, effective, and warm man and servant of God, Br. Flannigan exuded a deep joy to others in his dedicated work as a helper, guide, counselor, and manager of financial/temporal matters.
Father Joseph E. Shirey, SJ, entered into God’s peace December 22, 2016, at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 100. Affectionately known as “Father Red Socks,” this gentle priest spent his ministerial career as a parish priest and hospital chaplain in the northwest and Alaska.
“Let’s make better mistakes tomorrow.” This is how Jim Bopp ended each Introduction to his Innovative Technologies class, a required course for freshmen designed to introduce them to the resources available in Brophy College Preparatory’s Innovation Commons.
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.