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Sacred Heart Jesuit Center blessing blessing offered by Fr. Privett.

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December 31, 2015 — Father Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, reflects on Pope Francis' historic visit to the United States.

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December 31, 2015 — Kevin and Trena Yonkers-Talz founded and run the Casa de la Solidaridad study abroad program in El Salvador through Santa Clara University.

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For 30 years, Father Greg Boyle, SJ, has been turning around the lives of gang members and helping them find hope and jobs through Homeboy Industries.

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December 23, 2015 — Jesuit Father Christopher Fronk, a military chaplain, will offer pastoral support to the troops.

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December 23, 2015 — Jesuit Refugee Service is offering hope to refugees through education.

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December 8, 2015 — Today Pope Francis marked the start of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, when the church will focus on forgiveness and healing in a special way.

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December 3, 2015 — Today is the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, SJ, one of the first Jesuits, who is considered by some to be the greatest missionary since the time of the Apostles.

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Forget about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Join us on December 1 – Giving Tuesday – a day on which gift giving takes on a special meaning.

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A record-breaking 1,600 students and young adults gathered for the 18th annual Ignatian Family Teach for Justice Nov. 7-9 in Washington, D.C.

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November 19, 2015 — The Jesuit Conference is urging Congress to oppose efforts to suspend the U.S. refugee resettlement program or restrict funding for refugees.

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Pope Francis held a private audience on November 14 in Rome with refugees, staff and friends of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) to commemorate the organization’s 35th anniversary.

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Former USF President Fr. John P. Schlegel, SJ, entered into God’s peace Nov. 15, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Fr. Schlegel was USF’s 26th president and best known for growing the university’s enrollment, expanding student and faculty diversity, and successfully leading USF’s largest fundraising campaign to that point.

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There’s a scene in “On the Waterfront” that still thrills Brother Michael Breault, SJ. Karl Malden, playing a character based on an actual Jesuit priest, stands in the hold of a cargo ship, over the body of a murdered longshoreman. Speaking directly to the mobsters watching from above, Malden calls the murder “a crucifixion.” When a thug yells that the priest should go back to his church, Malden roars, “Boys, this is my church!”

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November 5, 2015 — Father Sean Michaelson, SJ, has been named the new Executive Secretary/Socius of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.

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The California Province of the Society of Jesus has launched a new website to deliver an enhanced user experience while bringing visitors closer to the outreach and ministries of the province and Jesuits throughout the world.

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Twenty Jesuits were ordained as deacons at Masses in Massachusetts and California in October. For a Jesuit in formation, ordination to the diaconate is the last step before priestly ordination in the Society of Jesus.

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Although the 215 GC 36 delegates representing Jesuit provinces and regions around the world don’t meet for another year, the work of the congregation has already begun.

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Echoing Pope Francis’ call to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis, the Society of Jesus is urging elected officials to admit greater numbers of Syrian refugees to both Canada and the United States.

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Pope Francis delivered an historic address before a joint meeting of U.S. Congress on September 24. Welcomed with a standing ovation, he addressed not just Congress, but all Americans.

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Bill Lockyear, longtime chief financial officer of the Oregon Province who is retiring later this year, was awarded the province's John Traynor Award for his decades of dedicated service to the Northwest Jesuits.

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Oregon Jesuit Fr. Pat Conroy, SJ, is Chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives. Before Pope Francis addressed Congress, Fr. Conroy got to meet briefly with the Pope.

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Father Michael J. Kotlanger, SJ, archivist at the University of San Francisco, entered into God’s peace on October 4 after a long illness. He was 69 and a Jesuit for 47 years.

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Father Paul F. “Cappy” Capitolo, SJ, long-time teacher and student counselor at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, entered into God’s peace September 29 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 80.

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Father James R. “Jim” Hanley, SJ, entered into God’s peace on September 28 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos after a long illness. He was 88.

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