Jesuit Father Sean Carroll, executive director of a bi-national ministry that accompanies migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, says the experience of walking across the border is extremely powerful: “You read about it, you hear about it, but the reality of walking across the border is very impactful.” Last month, Jesuit provincials from Canada, the United States, Central America and Mexico found that out for themselves when they visited Fr. Carroll’s ministry, the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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