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April 1, 2014 — Pope Francis is expected to canonize Blessed Jesuit Father José de Anchieta, known as the “Apostle of Brazil” and a patron of the country’s music and literature, this week.

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(MILWAUKEE, WI)– March 26, 2014– Dr. Michael R. Lovell was unanimously elected the 24th president of Marquette University by the Marquette Board of Trustees at a special Board meeting earlier today. As the university’s first lay president, he will succeed Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J. Lovell will take office on Aug. 1, 2014.

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Founded in 2000 to address the needs of young adults, Charis Ministries has developed retreats based on eight themes chosen to respond to these particular needs. Rooted in the Spiritual Exercises, the retreats include silent reflection, spiritual direction and Ignatian prayer forms – all tools that can be used in daily life following a retreat.

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Loyola Press is honored to be the North American publisher of Pope Francis’ first book, The Church of Mercy. The best way to ensure that the Pope's message reaches the largest audience is for the book to be a New York Times Bestseller. Would you like to help achieve that goal?

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Following the days of prayer and reflection for friends and benefactors, many of our attendees asked for “more”. In response, we’ve pulled together additional resources from some of our Jesuit presenters.

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Pope Francis appears for the first time on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the 266th Roman Catholic pontiff, making him the first Jesuit and first Latin American pope. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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In Memoriam: Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Jeffrey L. Klaiber, SJ (CDT, applied PERU), who died just before noon (EST) on March 4, 2014, in La Clinica Stella Maris in Lima, Peru due to complications following recent heart surgery. May he rest in peace.

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Celebrating its 50th year, Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, is leading a pilgrimage to Spain to walk in the footsteps of St. Ignatius and learn about his life and legacy. Space is available; registration deadline is March 31, 2014.

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February 28, 2014 — The Jesuits of the United States are inviting you to join in on their digital, communal Lenten/Easter prayer experience, Moved to Greater Love.

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February 27, 2014 — He might have been a Trappist monk. Or an architect. Ultimately, discernment for his religious vocation led Fr. Jim King, SJ, to the Society of Jesus.

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Ignatian Partners and Media Nun Use Contemporary Film & TV to Explore Lent – “The INNdustry with Sister Rose” offers unique Lenten reflection through diverse programming

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Gerald A. Drinane, SJ, who died at in Kurji Holy Family Hospital, Patna at 8:10am on February 20, 2014. May he rest in peace.

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February 14, 2014 — The Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit hosted their Inaugural Luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club with featured speaker Mark Luedtke, SJ, president of Loyola High School, Detroit

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Eric Immel, SJ, talks about his time serving the Lakota Sioux on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.

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February 7, 2014 — Jesuit Father J. Michael Sparough has juggled, worked with a circus troupe, written musicals and directed traveling shows to bring Bible stories to life.

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February 5, 2014 — The Marquette University Law School’s new Mobile Legal Clinic — a specially-outfitted bus — extends the university’s pro bono legal services farther out into the community.

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As a symbol of gratitude for family, friends, and benefactors, the Midwest Jesuits are hosting Lenten days of prayer and reflection in 2014.

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January 27, 2014 — Fairfield University will dedicate a statue of its patron saint, Jesuit St. Robert Bellarmine, in a ceremony coinciding with its 2014 Bellarmine Lecture on Jan. 28.

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Vincent L. Strand, SJ, who entered the Jesuits after graduating from Marquette University in 2005, reflects on the experience of living and studying theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

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Thomas Bambrick, SJ, in the First Studies program at Fordham University in New York City, reflects on his Jesuit formation and the value of philosophy studies in preparing him to serve others.

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Fr. Charlie Rodrigues, SJ, reflects on the meaning of his final vows, both for himself and those close to him, and on what it means to be a "man for others."

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January 3, 2014 — Today marks the official start of the yearlong commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus.

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Through his work at Eternal World Television Network, Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa reaches more than 220 million homes with the church's message.

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Bernadette (MU ‘91) credits her Jesuit education as a driving force in her work. “It contributed to my feeling that I have gifts – like everyone does – and have an obligation to use those gifts to try to help other people.”

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