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Father Jim Reites, SJ, a beloved member of many, varied communities at Santa Clara University for the past 41 years, unexpectedly entered into God’s peace on the night of April 15. He was 78 and served on the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies where he was associate professor and former department chair, and helped found the Xavier Residential Learning Community, where he served as faculty director.

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April 16, 2016 — Pope Francis' five-hour visit to Greece ended with him offering safe passage to Italy to 12 Syrian Muslims, half under the age of 18.

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President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address at Loyola Marymount University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 7.

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April 8, 2016 —Today Pope Francis released the highly anticipated "Amoris Laetitia," his reflection on the family.

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April 4, 2016 — Fr. Brian Christopher, SJ, who serves at Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Antonio, has spent much time as a Jesuit in Central America. Here he reflects on visiting El Salvador.

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March 29, 2016 — Fr. Kevin O'Brien, SJ, Georgetown University's VP of Mission and Ministry, will become the new dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

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March 25, 2016 — As Jesus hung on the cross, he uttered seven last phrases of great meaning to those contemplating his passion and death. Today, on Good Friday, we remember his Seven Last Words, which have been widely used in Good Friday homilies.

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Nearly 130 benefactors and friends gathered on March 19 at The Jesuit Novitiate of the Three Companions in Culver City, Calif., to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Generations Capital Campaign.

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March 18, 2016 — Colleen Sinsky, a 2010 graduate of Santa Clara University, cut short a Mediterranean backpacking trip to aid refugees in Greece last year.

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March 1, 2016 — Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Daniel Spotswood, SJ, grew up far from the mountains, but his Jesuit vocation would lead him west where he discovered a passion for mounrtain climbing.

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March 18, 2016 — At age 81, Fr. Leo O'Donovan, SJ, president emeritus of Georgetown University, is taking on a new job: director of mission for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

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March 16, 2016 — Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, has selected Thomas D. Arndorfer as its twelfth president, succeeding John Gladstone who will retire after 11 years.

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March 10, 2016 — Today the Society of Jesus celebrates the feast day of Saint John Ogilvie, SJ, a Jesuit martyr.

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March 7, 2016 — Polish Jesuit Father Waldemar Los, general program coordinator for MAGIS preceding World Youth Day in Krakow, explains the history and Ignatian mission of MAGIS.

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Since 1888, Jesuits have maintained a presence on the hills of Los Gatos, overlooking the Santa Clara Valley. Following is a brief photo history, from the initial building to the modified structure on the same site, which now serves as the retirement center and infirmary for aged and infirm Jesuits of the California and Oregon provinces.

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March 1, 2016 — Pope Francis personally responds to questions from kids in his first children’s book, published by Jesuit-run Loyola Press.

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February 29, 2016 — This February, Jesuit universities and colleges across the U.S. commemorated Black History Month with various events, talks and celebrations.

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February 24, 2016 — Boston College plans to open a house for students who are exploring the option of becoming a Jesuit.

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Pope Francis will visit Mexico for the first time in his papacy from Feb. 12-17. The historic trip to the second most populous Catholic country in the world will culminate with a Feb. 17 outdoor Mass in Ciudad Juárez, on Mexico’s northern border, across from El Paso, Texas.

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Loyola High School’s Senior Service Project celebrated its 35th anniversary of giving back to Los Angeles, January 5 – 22. The Los Angeles high school’s seniors volunteered at inner-city hospitals, special education schools, soup kitchens, centers for battered women, and shelters.

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February 5, 2016 — Today marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, who served as the 28th Superior General of the Jesuits.

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Jesuit vocation promoters today are better equipped to ask the vital question, “Have you ever thought about being a Jesuit?” A new short film by Brother Michael Breault, SJ, national vocation promotion director of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, is the latest effort to make that question easier for anyone to ask.

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February 4, 2016 — Lent begins on Feb. 10, and the Ignatian family has an array of online resources for prayer and reflection to help guide you through the next 40 days.

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Father George Joseph Koch, SJ, entered into God’s peace on January 31, 2016 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a brief illness. He was 88.

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February 1, 2016 — This past Christmas, Jesuit Edin Barrera received the best gift of all: a new kidney from fellow Jesuit Ryen Dwyer.

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