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In his first in-depth interview after being elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Venezuelan Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, was quick to point out that he didn’t arrive at the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 in Rome with an expectation that he would be the man selected for the job.

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November 4, 2016 — To celebrate the Feast of All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus on Nov. 5, the Jesuits have launched a quiz that reveals your inner Jesuit.

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Father Fredric W. Schlatter, SJ, a scholar of classical languages and history who influenced the lives of many students at Gonzaga University, entered into God’s peace on October 21 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Infirmary in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.

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October 25, 2016 — Fourteen Jesuits were ordained as deacons on Oct. 22 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California.

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Father Ted Kestler, SJ, minister to residents of Chefornak, Alaska, died in a house fire on October 12. He was 72. At the time of his passing, Fr. Kestler was serving in the Yup’ik village of Chefornak with a population of just over 400.

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In each moment since his election as Superior General, Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, has emphasized one thing: that Jesuits need audacity to seek not only “the improbable, but the impossible.

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To raise awareness of the L.A. housing crisis and the opportunity to do something about it on Election Day, Jesuit institutions in Southern California are inviting all Angelenos to a special liturgy Saturday, Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m., at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood.

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October 19, 2016 — Today, the Society of Jesus celebrates the eight North American Martyrs, sometimes known as the Feast of St. Isaac Jogues and Companions.

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Father John Leo Flynn, SJ entered into God’s peace October 11, 2016 in the infirmary at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 83.

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St. Ignatius College Preparatory will open a tuition-free junior high school program, named after beloved past President Fr. Tony Sauer, SJ, beginning in August 2017.

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October 15, 2016 — General Congregation 36 delegrates celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù.

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Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, SJ, of Venezuela was elected the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus at the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 (GC 36) October 14 in Rome. Fr. Sosa is the first Latin American Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the largest religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church.

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Today, the 215 Jesuits who are attending General Congregation 36 at the Jesuit headquarters in Rome begin a centuries-old practice called the murmuratio. Four days of one-on-one conversation and information gathering, the murmuratio is designed to prepare the delegation for the election of a new Superior General this Friday.

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October 7, 2016 — Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ, presided.

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Proyecto Pastoral and more than 250 friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the organization’s 30th anniversary at a gala dinner September 16 at the City Club of Los Angeles.

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October 3, 2016 — Today the Society of Jesus celebrates the feast of St. Francis Borgia, SJ (1510-1572), the third Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

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October 3, 2016 — GC 36 accepted the resignation of Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, as superior general of the Jesuits.

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October 2, 2016 — The Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 36 opened today with Mass at the Church of the Gesù.

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There are currently 30 Catholic high schools throughout the world, including several Jesuit schools from the Maryland Province, taking part in the Ignatian Carbon Challenge which is working to raise environmental awareness and help with sustainability.

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Father Carmine J. Sacco, SJ, who was pastor of St. Rita Catholic Church in Tacoma for 32 years, 1979 to 2011, entered into God’s peace on September 21 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 91.

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Santa Clara University, Loyola Marymount University, Gonzaga University, and Seattle University ranked among the top eight universities in the Western United States in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

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This fall, 48 new Jesuit novices joined the Society of Jesus in Canada, Haiti, and the U.S. Eleven of those men – part of the largest group of novices in the last 10 years – come from the California and Oregon provinces. Please use the seventh photo in the story of the California and Oregon Jesuits as the teaser image.

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Seattle University is celebrating its 125th anniversary throughout the 2016-17 academic year. Celebrations include a speakers series and a gala in November.

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Eleven men joined the ranks of novices of the California and Oregon provinces when they entered The Jesuit Novitiate of the Three Companions in Culver City, Calif., on August 21. Each of the men recently completed his two-week “first probation” which culminated with the Mass of Investiture.

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Today is the feast day of Saint Peter Claver, a Jesuit missionary known as the patron saint of slaves, African missions and interracial justice.

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