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Father Harry Tyler “Dutch” Olivier entered into God’s peace on March 17, 2015 in Arizona Heart Hospital, Phoenix. He was 88 and had been a Jesuit for 70 years.

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In 1980, a refugee crisis seized world headlines. Vietnamese were fleeing their county in anything that could float, and images of the “boat people” were seared into many peoples’ hearts. Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ, then-Superior General of the Society of Jesus, was one such person.

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As men’s basketball chaplains Fathers Dave Anderson, SJ, and Frank Case, SJ, work to keep college players grounded in faith on and off the court.

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Today the Society of Jesus celebrates the feast of Saint John Ogilvie, a Jesuit martyr, and commemorates the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Homeboy Industries was in trouble. The famed Los Angeles institution founded by Father Gregory Boyle in 1988 to help steer people away from the gang life through job training and counseling was going broke.

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March 10, 2015 — Today the Society of Jesus celebrates the feast of Saint John Ogilvie, a Jesuit martyr, and commemorates the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Jesuit Father George Williams serves as the Catholic chaplain at San Quentin State Prison.

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February 25, 2015 — The Ignatian Spirituality Project is a national network providing Ignatian retreats to men and women who are homeless and in recovery from addiction.

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February 22, 2015 — After more than eight months in captivity, Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar has been released from Afghanistan.

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The migrants begin gathering just after daybreak. Women with young children in tow, men in wool caps and faded hoodies. Others still wearing the bright orange uniforms they were issued in prison. Few speak. Most look down at their feet. Hours earlier they had been on the other side of the border, where they had been living illegally in the United States. But now, after their deportation to Mexico, they're lining up outside El Comedor — the dining room — in search of food, clothing and help.

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Father Max Oliva, SJ, has announced the publication of his newest book that explores the 10 Commandments and how they touch peoples’ lives today. Titled “The Ten Commandments for Everyday Life,” this down-to-earth book, the sixth by Fr. Oliva, is rooted in scripture and shares real-life stories that are both inspirational and practical.

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February 6, 2015 — In a letter to U.S. Representatives and Senators, the Jesuits of Canada and the United States urged Congress to reject amendments to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that will hurt immigrants.

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The most predictable Washington ritual is the president’s State of the Union address. This civic liturgy includes an entrance procession of the Senate, Cabinet and Supreme Court followed by the president, who declares the union “strong” and offers his policies to make it stronger.

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February 5, 2015 — Pope Francis will become the first pope to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress on September 24, House Speaker John Boehner announced today.

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On January 23rd, Vice President Joe Biden made an impromptu visit to Homeboy Industries in the afternoon.

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January 19, 2015 — In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed a gathering of over 500 people at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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A letter from Pope Francis recognizing the work of youth ministry group Kino Teens will be read aloud to the public at an upcoming event at Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales, Arizona.

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January 15, 2015 — The Jesuit Conference strongly condemns the addition of anti-immigrant amendments to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act.

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January 15, 2015 — Next month, thousands of Jesuits and Ignatian partners will take part in IGNITING OUR VALUES, the Jesuits' prayer program for Lent 2015.

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Father Robert E. Griffin died Jan. 14, 2014, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif., at the age of 83.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has announced that nine percent of the 114th U.S. Congress are Jesuit college and university alumni/ae. Among the 535 Members, 48 are alumni/ae of Jesuit institutions: 11 in the Senate and 37 in the House of Representatives.

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Ready to curl up next to the fireplace with a good book this winter? Jesuit Father Raymond Schroth has just the reading list for you.

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January 1, 2015 — As the new year begins, the Jesuits invite you to reflect on 2014 with this Ignatian Annual Examen courtesy of Xavier University’s Jesuitresource.org.

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Father Richard T. Coz, SJ, died Friday, December 31, in Regis Infirmary at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, after a long illness. He was 86 years old.

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Dec. 28, 2014 — After a life of dedicated service to the Church and the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau died at age 86 in Tokyo on Dec. 26.

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