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November 19, 2013 — The Jesuit-run SLB, a social justice organization in the Philippines, has been working to make and transport thousands of relief packages in the week since Typhoon Haiyan.

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November 15, 2013 — Jesuit Father Charlie Cenzon reports from the Philippines on the devastation and relief efforts in the country following Typhoon Haiyan.

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November 14, 2013 — Super Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on Nov. 8, has left areas of the country devastated with untold dead and millions without access to necessities.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Robert C. Dressman, S.J. (CDT), who died at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan.  May he rest in peace.

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A native of Cincinnati, Father Raterman attended Holy Family grammar and middle school before attending Elder High in Cincinnati for two years. After completing two years at Elder High, Fr. Raterman transferred to St. Xavier High where he graduated in 1942. His time at St. Xavier started him down the path to becoming a Jesuit, and he quickly entered the novitiate in Milford, Ohio, in 1942.

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Early in 2013, Grace McGrath realized a long-held dream to visit India. While gaining even more than she imagined possible, she also discovered a new dream: to support the work of Jesuits educating poor (often orphaned) children living in the northeastern part of the country.

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Brian G. Paulson will begin his tenure as provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province on June 19, 2014. In preparation for this mission, Brian will take a sabbatical from February 14 until June 19, 2014. While Brian is on sabbatical, Kevin H. Flaherty will be the acting rector of the Loyola University Chicago Jesuit Community until Father General names a new rector for the community and a date is established for his term.

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A jack-of-all trades, Michael Rossmann, SJ teaches, coaches and gives retreats at Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam.

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The Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Chicago hosted a luncheon with featured speaker Mary Ann Ahern on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Union League Club of Chicago.

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July 24, 2013 — In his 62 years as a Jesuit, Fr. Jack Rainaldo, SJ, was a teacher, retreat director, spiritual advisor, and staunch advocate of the Catholic faith.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Raymond A. Dunne, SJ on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. May he rest in peace.

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A recent study shows statistical evidence of the effectiveness Ignatian Spirituality Project has shown in improvements in employment, housing, and other empirical factors of the homeless.

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Please join us as we honor all of our Jubilarians in the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces; we include brief reflections by our golden jubilarians on how they have answered God’s call as Jesuits.

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Shukran is Swahili/Arabic for "Gratitude". We have much to be thankful for with our cooperative link with the Eastern Africa Province composed of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and North and South Sudan.

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The Society of Jesus in the United States announces that Father Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., has been named the next president of the Jesuit Conference.

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May 1, 2013 — A desire to be a priest and teacher made joining the Jesuits an ideal option for Fr. Bob Hilbert, SJ.

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April 18, 2013 — Approachable. Attentive. Authentic. Available. These words come up time and again when fellow Jesuits describe Fr. Bob Leiweke, SJ.

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April 18, 2014 — Pope Francis invites each of us to ask some personal questions of our own roles in the Gospel story during Holy Week: "Which of these people do I resemble most?"

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The Jesuits work in more than 130 countries throughout the world, in a variety of spiritual, social and educational apostolates, always present on the frontiers of faith and culture. Fr. Jorge Eduardo Serrano-Ordoñez, SJ, is hoping to bridge the gap.

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GoodNews Link: Faith and joy. That is how more than 80,000 students have an opportunity to view their education in 72 primary and secondary schools associated with the Society of Jesus in Peru. "Good news like this continues to come out of this country, even amid great poverty," says Francisco Ibañez.

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Father Richard W. Cherry, SJ (AOR), who served as a Jesuit missionary to the people of Eastern Africa, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

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We share a special message of the Holy Father to Fr. General.

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At the personal invitation of the Pope Francis, I went to the Santa Marta House, that had been used for the Cardinals present at the Conclave at 5:30 p.m.

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In the name of the Society of Jesus, I give thanks to God for the election of our new Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., which opens for the Church a path full of hope.

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