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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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Pope Francis has named Maryland Province Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno to be the new director of the Vatican Observatory.

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Father Gerald L. McKevitt, SJ, professor emeritus of history at Santa Clara University, entered into God’s peace September 18 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 76.

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Father Andrew "Andy" C. Dachauer, former professor of chemistry at the University of San Francisco and longtime pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Mammoth Lakes, entered into God’s peace on September 12 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 85.

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September 22, 2015 — When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. today for his historic visit, Jesuits and their collaborators will be marking the occasion in numerous ways.

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September 17, 2015 — An overview of Pope Francis' life as a Jesuit; he entered the Society of Jesus in 1958 at age 21.

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During his upcoming visit to the United States, Pope Francis will roam the corridors of power — at the White House, in the U.S. Congress and at the United Nations.

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The stories of migrants are not often heard, like that of Roberto, 33, who tried crossing into the U.S. from Mexico in 2014 and was kneed and spit upon while being apprehended by Border Patrol agents, resulting in two broken ribs.

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September 14, 2015 — As excitement builds for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the U.S., 300 Jesuits in formation offer words of welcome and share their perspectives about the significance of a Jesuit pope.

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