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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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With a flurry of donor support, the Generations Capital Campaign exceeded its goal, saw all construction projects completed, and positioned the California Province to better serve the people of God through its approximately 40 ministries.

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As the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ ground breaking encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si': On the Care for Our Common Home" approaches, Jesuits and the collaborators have made much progress on climate change counter-measures as a moral imperative, and yet, there is much more to do.

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In the new report Providing Hope, Investing in the Future: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) confirms that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes.

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Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, spent his 80th birthday week in El Salvador with provincials from Canada, the U.S., and Latin America to discuss a wide range of issues, from the needs of migrants and educational opportunities for the poor to environmental protection, and the rights of native people.

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Jesuit Refugee Service joined 10 other humanitarian organizations to urge the government of Kenya to reconsider the recent announcement that Kenya would close refugee camps in the country.

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It's that time of year again! Click here for the full list of speakers and dates for the 2016 commencement ceremonies at the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

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May 6, 2016 — Jesuit Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, has received the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year award from the James Beard Foundation.

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April 30, 2016 — Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan, a peace activist and writer, died on April 30 in New York City at age 94.

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More than 90 representatives of Jesuit social ministries from more than a dozen countries gathered in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, earlier this month to discuss social justice issues, including the environment, crime and migration.

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Michael Waterstone has been appointed the 18th dean and senior vice president of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Waterstone will assume his new position effective June 1, 2016.

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Nearly 100 benefactors and friends gathered on April 16 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif., to celebrate the successful conclusion of the California Province’s Generations Capital Campaign.

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April 22, 2016 — Today is Earth Day, and Jesuit high schools, universities, parishes and ministries are living the call to action put forth by Laudato Si’.

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