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June 21, 2017 — Today is the feast day of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian Jesuit known for his courage in serving the sick and his dedication to the education of young students.

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June 21, 2017 — St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, is hiring a new president to succeed Fr. Timothy Howe, SJ. The new president will begin July 1, 2018, and will serve as St. X's chief executive officer.

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June 20, 2017 — On the day Fr. Wally Stohrer, SJ, was ordained a priest, the renowned theologian Fr. Karl Rahner, SJ, told him, “Now you must decide every day for the rest of your life what kind of priest you are going to be.”

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June 16, 2017 — Today is the feast day of St. John Francis Regis, a 17th-century French Jesuit known for his zealous missionary efforts and his care for the poor and marginalized.

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June 13, 2017 — The group advises reduced militarization.

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June 8, 2017 — The Communications Office of the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus is seeking a communications specialist to produce, edit, and curate print and electronic content; manage projects and new outreach initiatives; and oversee social media channels.

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June 5, 2017 — Today marks the official establishment of the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. Father Brian Paulson, SJ, first provincial of the new province, shares his vision for the burgeoning province in a new interview.

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May 30, 2017 — More than 65 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities — including Marquette University and Xavier University — urged Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to protect undocumented students.

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May 30, 2017 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. John F. Buchman, SJ, who died on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. He was 83 years old. May he rest in peace.

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May 30, 2017 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John D. Cuddigan, SJ, who died on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.

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May 18, 2017 — Joseph Simmons, SJ, discussed the gifts and graces of Jesuit education at Jesuit Nation in Milwaukee.

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May 16, 2017 — Luke Hansen did not even know what a Jesuit was until a game of darts in college, when he met a priest who encouraged him to apply to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Years later, Luke is preparing for ordination as a Jesuit priest after accompanying former Guantánamo Bay prisoners in Bermuda and serving all over the country.

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May 11, 2017 — Irish Jesuit Fr. John Sullivan, remembered for his healing prayers, will be beatified on May 13 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Dublin.

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May 11, 2017 — Fr. William Blazek, SJ, has been named national director of The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, succeeding Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, who served for 14 years.

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May 3, 2017 — Students at the Jesuit school near Chicago went through a refugee camp simulation and met former refugees during this year's Solidarity Week.

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May 3, 2017 — Pope Francis gave a surprise recorded TED Talk presented on April 25 at the TED2017 conference, the first time a pope has ever given a TED Talk.

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May 1, 2017 — Today, on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the Catholic Church is also celebrating the first-ever Religious Brothers Day.

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April 19, 2017 — Above all else, Jesuits in the United States are known for their schools. But what holds those schools together is a distinctive spirituality named after the Society of Jesus' founder.

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April 18, 2017 — At a Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition, and Hope, the Jesuits expressed sorrow for enslaving and selling 272 men, women, and children.

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April 18, 2017 — Jesuit Fr. Timothy Kesicki's remarks, on behalf of the US Jesuits, at the Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition, and Hope.

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April 16, 2017 — Happy Easter to you and your loved ones! Enjoy Easter prayers and reflections from the Society of Jesus.

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April 14, 2017 — As Jesus hung on the cross, he uttered seven last phrases of great meaning to those contemplating his passion and death. Today, on Good Friday, we remember his Seven Last Words, which have been widely used in Good Friday homilies.

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April 12, 2017 — For Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, his mother’s Friday evening meals during Lent are among his greatest childhood memories.

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April 11, 2017 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Robert W. Leiweke, SJ, who died on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. He was 89 years old. May he rest in peace.

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April 10, 2017 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. William E. Biernatzki, SJ, who died on Saturday, April 8, 2017. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace.

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