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August 22, 2016 — "Ignacio de Loyola," a film produced by the Jesuit Communications Foundation in the Philippines, will be released in North American theatres on Friday, Aug. 26.

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Compassionate friend of and advocate for the homeless and vulnerable of our society, Father Robert “Bob” Jones, SJ, entered into God’s peace on August 11 in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 77.

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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.

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Following a national search, Siobhán Lawlor has been named the new provincial assistant for advancement and communication for the California and Oregon provinces of the Society of Jesus.

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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.

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August 2, 2016 — Today marks the feast of St. Peter Faber, SJ, one of the original seven members of the Society of Jesus.

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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.

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July 29, 2016 — A physician and Jesuit, Father Francisco Javier Díaz Díaz, SJ, was ordained to the priesthood this summer after 14 years of formation.

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The blending of the Oregon and California province websites is nearly complete. The finished website will launch on Sunday, July 31, Feast Day of St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus.

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In an historic move, the Board of Trustees of Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose, Calif.) has named alumnus Chris Meyercord as the school’s first lay president.

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Jesuit Father Bob Fabing, who was close friends with Mother Teresa, will sing at her canonization on September 4.

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2,200 pilgrims arrived in Lódz for the opening of MAGIS 2016, a program of service and faith-sharing approximately a week and a half preceding World Youth Day.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Gonzaga University is among the best 321 U.S., Canadian, and British colleges and universities featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017,” the publication announced in June.

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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.

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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.

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Seven men from the California and Oregon provinces who answered God’s call were ordained as Jesuit priests at a Mass at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish in Spokane on June 11.

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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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Father Mario Luigi Capitolo, SJ, long-time physics teacher at Bellarmine College Prep, entered into God’s peace June 10, 2016 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 90.

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June 20, 2016 — Zacharia Mohamed, a Somalian refugee, recently graduated from Le Moyne College with plans to attend medical school in the fall.

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Father George Morris, SJ, entered into God’s peace June 7 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Infirmary in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 78.

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How can we as a nation respond to the June 12 events in Orlando and to the plight of refugees fleeing violence in their homeland?

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A recent PBS video shows how five young women came together for a year to serve people in their local community through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. It’s a story not only of service but of spiritual growth and awakening. Find out if the JVC is right for you.

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