Seven Jesuits from the California and Oregon provinces of the Society of Jesus professed First Vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience on August 13 in a Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel on the Loyola Marymount University campus.
Over the next two weeks, alumni from Jesuit schools of the California and Oregon provinces will be amongst a large group of Jesuit-educated alumni competing and coaching in the 31st Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
July 31 is the feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus who passed away 460 years ago on that date in 1556. Father Dorian Llywelyn, SJ, executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University, examines the life of St. Ignatius.
When Joshua Benjamin and Ethan Kostishak began their journey at Brophy College Preparatory as freshmen in August 2012, they had no idea that four years later their hard work in the classroom and dedication to the Brophy mission of “Men for Others” would lead to recognition as Gates Millennium Scholars which includes the full cost of their undergraduate college education.
Any student attending a Jesuit university has no doubt heard the word magis, Latin for “more,” dozens of times. The word references the Ignatian concept of learning more, doing more, choosing more and giving more. MAGIS is also the name of an international immersion experience immediately preceding World Youth Day, for young adults from Jesuit schools, parishes and ministries.
With his brother Jesuits on hand to offer congratulations, Fr. Joseph Shirey, SJ, celebrated his 100th birthday on July 1 in a celebration at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif., where he now resides.
July is almost here, which means our friends at ignatianspirituality.com are getting ready for the seventh-annual 31 Days with St. Ignatius. This month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality leads up to the feast day of its namesake on July 31. We’ve put together a calendar of Ignatian articles and more for you to be inspired daily.
Father Thomas J. Reese, SJ, was elected chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on June 21. President Barack Obama appointed Fr. Reese to the Commission on May 15, 2014, and reappointed him on May 12, 2016.
With the California and Oregon provinces coming together to form a new province in July, 2017, the websites of the two provinces will be blended into one this summer, giving the provinces’ collective audience a streamlined and more efficient delivery of news and events of the new province, to be named Jesuits West.
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Loyola Institute for Spirituality (LIS), founded in 1997, is located in Orange, CA. LIS provides many programs and services for individuals, parishes, and dioceses throughout Southern California and beyond.