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Father Michael Schultheis, SJ, a staunch proponent of education who spent 40 years in Africa teaching and helping to open schools in several nations there, entered into God’s peace April 11 in Monrovia, Liberia. He was 84.

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Father George Kalib Aziz, SJ, entered into God’s peace May 12 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 89. Fr. Aziz was a member of the Society of Jesus for 72 years and an ordained priest for 59 years.

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Fr. William Blazek, SJ, has been named national director of The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, succeeding Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, who served for 14 years.

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It's that time of year again! Check out the roster of speakers and dates for the 2017 commencement ceremonies at the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

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The University of San Francisco will dedicate Burl A. Toler Hall on May 9, renaming Phelan Hall in honor of Burl Toler '52, MA '66, co-captain of USF's famous 1951 football team.

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May 3, 2017 — Pope Francis gave a surprise recorded TED Talk presented on April 25 at the TED2017 conference, the first time a pope has ever given a TED Talk.

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May 1, 2017 — Today, on the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, the Catholic Church is also celebrating the first-ever Religious Brothers Day.

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May 25, 2017 Join Ignite facilitator Maria Ochoa, and young adults ages 21-35, for a retreat focusing on how to integrate imagination and creativity into your prayer life. You will be guided through engaging practices and meaningful conversation on how Ignatian spirituality can be a source of inspiration. If you are looking for a space to encounter Spirit, learn practical tools, and meet new people, this is the retreat for you!

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For the fourth consecutive year, Gonzaga University accounting and economics students working with the IRS and United Way have helped generate more than $1 million in refunds through their free income tax return preparation efforts.

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Father Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, issued a public apology today to nearly 100 descendants of slaves gathered at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “The Society of Jesus prays with you today because we have greatly sinned, and because we are profoundly sorry.”

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The Kino Border Initiative continues to offer help and hope for deported immigrants who are simply seeking a better life in the United States.

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One of San Francisco’s Jesuit parishes wasted little time declaring itself a sanctuary for immigrants. Here’s how and why the St. Agnes community took this important action.

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Father Greg Boyle, SJ, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 172nd University commencement ceremony on May 21.

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Father Ron Funke, SJ, entered into God’s peace March 21 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 83. Teacher, hospital chaplain, parish priest, and sacramental minister, Fr. Funke’s upbeat approach and deep commitment to service made him a treasured presence in many lives.

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Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix hosted a fundraising dinner for the Kino Border Initiative, a nonprofit in Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, dedicated to providing food, clothing, and shelter to migrants. More than $150,000 was raised at the March 25 event.

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Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission in Los Angeles recently released the following letter from Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Sanchez, announcing the establishment of The Boyle Heights and Eastside Immigrants Rights Network.

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October 1-11, 2017 Join the USA Maryland and Northeast provinces for a pilgrimage to Spain to visit landmarks associated with St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier.

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Father John A. Brady, SJ, longtime seminary and high school teacher and parish priest, entered into God’s peace March 15 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 98 years of age, a Jesuit for 80 years, and a priest for 67 years.

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Father Stephen V. Sundborg, SJ, has been re-appointed to a fifth five-year term as president of Seattle University by the university’s board of trustees. The board also took actions to strengthen the university’s socially responsible investing policies.

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Although National Catholic Sisters Week ends March 14, Women’s History Month continues through the remainder of March — and the women honored by various Jesuits could certainly be counted among those making history, in small but deeply meaningful ways.

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Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, superior general of the Society of Jesus, joined women and men from around the globe for Voices of Faith to mark International Women’s Day on March 8. Fr. Sosa gave the conference’s opening address, which celebrated and encouraged women's voices to be heard in the church and in the world.

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Gonzaga University is among the nation’s best-value universities for students seeking outstanding academics and superb career preparation at an affordable price with generous financial aid, The Princeton Review announced.

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For a record-setting 10th consecutive year, St. Ignatius Parish School (Sacramento) has won the Diocese of Sacramento’s Junior High Academic Decathlon. The team, is comprised of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

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Four members of the Jesuit network gave voice to the voiceless at a Capitol Hill briefing on criminal justice, environmental justice, immigration, and poverty March 2 on Capitol Hill.

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Father Charles “Chuck” E. Schmitz, SJ, entered into God’s peace February 18 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 78 years old. A devoted priest and religious, “Padre Carlos” opened wide his heart to the needs, hopes, dreams, fears, and faith of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the Northwest.

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