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.
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.
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.
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.
Jesuits and lay colleagues from the Jesuits West Province have partnered with JesuitPrayer.org to provide Ignatian prayers, inspirational messages, and personal reflections based on Gospel and other daily readings – all delivered to subscribers’ mobile phone, desktop, or email inbox.
Students, faculty, and staff at Jesuit universities around the country are pushing back against the Trump Administration's plan to end DACA, a policy which could lead to the deportation of students at Jesuit schools.
An all-star collection of Grammy award-winning singers is teaming up with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) for a concert tour to raise awareness and funds to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through JRS’s Global Education Initiative.
Dolores Mission, a Jesuit parish and elementary school best known as the birthplace of Homeboy Industries, broke ground on August 7 for a new 6,500 sq. ft., two-story facility to better serve the Boyle Heights community.
Loyola High School of Los Angeles has promoted Ann Holmquist, EdD, to vice president for mission. She will provide leadership in the design, development, implementation, evaluation, and coordination of programs and activities to sustain and promote the school’s Catholic identity, Ignatian heritage, and Jesuit mission.
Thirty-six Jesuit novices in the United States, Canada and Haiti professed first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience this month. A novice spends two years at the novitiate for the first stage of Jesuit formation, culminating in first vows — a public profession of commitment to the Society of Jesus.
August 15 marked the centennial of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated for speaking out on behalf of the poor and oppressed in El Salvador. Blessed Romero was shot and killed March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel in San Salvador, during the country's civil war.
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Loyola Institute for Spirituality
Loyola Institute for Spirituality (LIS), founded in 1997, is located in Orange, CA. LIS provides many programs and services for individuals, parishes, and dioceses throughout Southern California and beyond.