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Father John P. McBride, SJ, veteran of the 75th Infantry Division during WW II who saw action in the Battle of the Bulge and helped in the liberation of France before becoming a teacher, pastor, and chaplain throughout the Northwest, entered into God’s peace October 20.

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Shane Martin, PhD, has been selected as the next provost of Seattle University. Martin currently serves as dean of both the School of Education and Graduate Studies at Loyola Marymount University and will join Seattle University June 18, 2018.

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A year following his death, the late Jesuit Superior General Father Peter-HansKolvenbach, SJ, has been honored with the launch of a new website.

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Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School has named Margaret Higgins, PhD, its next president.

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This fall, the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight program will mark a decade highlighting the mission of Jesuit education through basketball with two Jesuit Basketball Classics, played by four men’s and women’s teams.

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Father Lawrence Bernard Murphy, SJ, longtime teacher at Loyola High School and parish priest at St. Brendan’s Church, Los Angeles, entered into God’s peace October 18 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.

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The Jesuit High School of Sacramento Board of Trustees has unanimously appointed Father John P. McGarry, SJ, as the school’s new president. Father McGarry will assume his duties at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

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From November 4-6, nearly 2,000 individuals — mainly young adults representing 26 Jesuit colleges and universities, 49 Jesuit high schools, seven Jesuit parishes, current and former Jesuit Volunteers, and hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools — gathered to hear speakers talk about social justice concerns ranging from Black Lives Matter to LGBTQ communities in the Catholic Church to feminism and environmental justice.

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Father Thomas Edwin Buckley, SJ, professor emeritus of history at Santa Clara University and long-time professor of history at Loyola Marymount University, entered into God’s peace November 8. He was 78.

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Nearly 2,000 individuals, including nearly 200 from Jesuits West universities, high schools, Nativity schools, parishes, and social ministries, will gather for the 20th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C., November 4-6.

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After three years of discernment, conversation and collaboration, Jesuit education leaders from around the world gathered last week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the first International Congress of Jesuit Education Delegates.

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This fall, Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business Administration launched the Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability (IBES) – further bolstering the university’s dedication to these guiding principles.

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October 26, 2017 — In recent months, 31 Jesuits have been ordained to the diaconate in the United States and Canada.

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The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is one of two recipients of the 2017 Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) Human Rights Award. Kino Border Initiative Executive Director Father Sean Carroll, SJ, accepted the award on October 24 in Washington, D.C.

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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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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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