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October 19, 2017 — Today, the Society of Jesus celebrates the eight North American Martyrs.

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Father Martin Irwin Rock, SJ, longtime pastor of Jesuit parishes in Ogden, Utah and elsewhere, entered into God’s peace October 9 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 89 and had been a member of the Society of Jesus for 72 years, 58 as a priest.

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Pope Francis canonized 35 new saints on October 15, including Brazilian Jesuit St. André de Soveral.

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Father Norbert Jerome Rigali, SJ, retired professor of philosophy and religious studies at the University of San Diego and other Catholic universities, entered into God’s peace October 4 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif., after a long illness. He was 88.

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The Bellarmine Preparatory (Tacoma) School Robotics team recently received a $10,000 Best Buy Community Grant. The grant will be used to extend the team’s community outreach with local Boys and Girls Clubs.

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W. Kamau Bell was named the Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts at Santa Clara University for 2017-18. Bell is a critically acclaimed sociopolitical comedian and host of the Emmy Award-winning hit CNN documentary series “United Shades of America.” As Sinatra Artist-in-Residence, Bell will mentor and engage with students, faculty, and the Santa Clara University community.

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Today the Society of Jesus celebrates the feast of St. Francis Borgia, SJ (1510-1572), the third Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

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October 28, 2017 How is the current state of the world affecting your spirit? In turn, how is your spirituality influencing how you live and act in the world today? Join Patty Bowman and Michael Ramos to explore how Ignatian spirituality can sustain you and help you discern how God might be calling you "for such a time as this."

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Father William Hayes, SJ, a fixture at Jesuit High School in Portland for 32 years where he served as vice principal, president, trustee, chancellor, planned giving director, and chaplain, entered into God’s peace September 26 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 89.

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Seattle University has formed a strategic partnership with St. Joseph’s College in Bangalore, India, as part of its ever-expanding commitment to global education.

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The Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic (LILC) has been at the forefront of advocacy for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) since the program’s inception in 2012, but this year the Clinic intensified its efforts in the wake of significant changes promised by the Trump Administration.

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The Society of Jesus in the U.S., Canada, and Haiti welcomed 38 new novices this August at novitiates in Louisiana, California, Minnesota, New York, Quebec, and Haiti. Ranging in age from 21 to 47, the men will live in community, learn the rhythm of daily prayer, and deepen their understanding of God’s call to the Society.

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Jesuits and lay colleagues from the Jesuits West Province have partnered with JesuitPrayer.org to provide Ignatian prayers, inspirational messages, and personal reflections based on Gospel and other daily readings – all delivered to subscribers’ mobile phone, desktop, or email inbox.

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September 17 is the feast day of Saint Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621), a Jesuit who was one of the most important cardinals of the Catholic Reformation.

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Students, faculty, and staff at Jesuit universities around the country are pushing back against the Trump Administration's plan to end DACA, a policy which could lead to the deportation of students at Jesuit schools.

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Father James R. Gallas, SJ, entered into God’s peace September 1, 2017 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 86 and had been a Jesuit for 68 years, a priest for 55.

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An all-star collection of Grammy award-winning singers is teaming up with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) for a concert tour to raise awareness and funds to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through JRS’s Global Education Initiative.

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With great joy and gratitude, Jesuits West welcomed new novices who entered the Society of Jesus at The Jesuit Novitiate of the Three Companions in Culver City, Calif., on August 20.

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Brother Stephen J. Souza, SJ, a Jesuit for 59 years, entered into God’s peace on August 27 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 81.

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Father Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, responds to the rescission of DACA with a letter to “Dreamers.”

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Today is the third annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the beginning of the Season for Creation.

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November 10-12, 2017 Jesus recognized the importance of taking time away from daily life and invited his friends to "come away and rest.” We extend the same invitation to you.

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Dolores Mission, a Jesuit parish and elementary school best known as the birthplace of Homeboy Industries, broke ground on August 7 for a new 6,500 sq. ft., two-story facility to better serve the Boyle Heights community.

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Loyola High School of Los Angeles has promoted Ann Holmquist, EdD, to vice president for mission. She will provide leadership in the design, development, implementation, evaluation, and coordination of programs and activities to sustain and promote the school’s Catholic identity, Ignatian heritage, and Jesuit mission.

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Thirty-six Jesuit novices in the United States, Canada and Haiti professed first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience this month. A novice spends two years at the novitiate for the first stage of Jesuit formation, culminating in first vows — a public profession of commitment to the Society of Jesus.

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