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Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, director of the Vatican Observatory, will be presenting a retreat, “Science, Religion, and Beauty in the Stars,” at The Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, Feb. 17-19, 2017.

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December 9, 2016 — Father Thomas H. Smolich, SJ, international director of Jesuit Refugee Service and former provincial of the California Provoince, was honored for his commitment to the promotion of peace and social justice.

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Father John “Jack” Morris, SJ, died in 2012 before he could finish his book, “Ruined for Life.” Still, through the help of his associate Barbara Underwood Scharff, his story is largely told through his own words. The book describes the interior changes of heart that happen to volunteers after a year or two of companionship with the poor.

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In a world of conflict, deeply in need of the mercy frequently implored by Pope Francis, Jesuits can be agents of reconciliation and dialogue, the Society’s new Superior General Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, said in an exclusive interview with America magazine.

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Father Michael M. Kelliher, SJ, entered into God’s peace on November 24 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 82.

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November 30, 2016 — Today, 27 Jesuit college and university presidents released a statement on undocumented students.

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Father Lorenzo “Larry” J. Palafox, SJ, entered into God’s peace on November 28 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 80 and had been a Jesuit for 62 years.

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Jesuit Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, entered into God’s peace in Beirut, Lebanon, November 26. He was 87.

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Want to honor a Jesuit who has made a positive impact in your life? Giving Tuesday, November 29th, will offer you a meaningful opportunity to do just that.

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Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) will honor Fr. Thomas Smolich, SJ, former provincial of the California Province, with the CRISPAZ Peace Award on November 30, at an evening reception at Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, Calif.

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The Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies joins sister organizations advocating for peace and goodwill to host the Good Neighbor Conference: Addressing Hate through Advocacy and Action on Saturday, December 3.

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On the heels of an American presidential election characterized by vitriol, 1,800 young adults from Jesuit institutions across the country gathered in the nation’s capital at the 19th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In to learn, advocate, serve, and meet others devoted to unity and peace.

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California Provincial Father Michael Weiler, SJ, and Oregon Provincial Father Scott Santarosa, SJ, took some time from General Congregation 36 in Rome to discuss how new Jesuit Superior General Fr. Arturo, Sosa, SJ, is the right man right man to guide the Society of Jesus.

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The day after the U.S. presidential election, students at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix reported disturbing incidents, including Latino students being asked by fellow students if they realized that their last day at Brophy would coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump. Brophy Principal Bob Ryan addressed the situation head on, sending a letter to parents that described racial tensions at the school since the election.

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November 15, 2016 — Yesterday in Rome, the nine Jesuit provincials of Canada and the U.S. had their first meeting with newly elected Superior General, Father Arturo Sosa, SJ.

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On November 12, members of the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 (GC 36) voted to close the Congregation, the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus. GC 36 opened on Oct. 2 and elected a new leader, Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, on Oct. 14.

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More than 1,800 individuals are expected to gather at the 19th Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice from November 12-14 in Washington, D.C. The annual gathering provides opportunities for attendees to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate in the context of the Catholic faith tradition.

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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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