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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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January 8, 2014 — The story of how three Jesuits founded The Jesuit Post, a website targeting young adults with content exploring the intersection between faith and culture.

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January 5, 2014 – National Migration Week focuses on helping migrants, especially children, the undocumented, refugees, and victims of human trafficking. Often at risk of violence or exploitation, these vulnerable populations need support so they can thrive.

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The Midwest Jesuits announce their Eastern Africa Pilgrimage Tour to Nairobi, Kenya, St. Aloysius Gonzaga High School and Jesuit ministries in the Eastern Africa Province June 17 – July 1, 2014

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May Fr. Marty Coyne, now in heaven with God’s family, help us share God’s loving mercy with one another, a mercy Marty shared with everyone in his life. We pray in Jesus’ name.

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More than 140 years after being named "Blessed," Jesuit Father Peter Faber was canonized by Pope Francis today.

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Pope Francis has been named 2013’s “Person of the Year,” the iconic title given to one individual or group each year since 1927 by the editors of Time magazine.

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Today, Pope Francis launched the One Human Family, Food for All campaign as parishes, schools and communities initiated a wave by prayer starting at noon...

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December 3, 2013 — Today, on the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus celebrates its 150th anniversary.

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November 26, 2013 — "It's not how much you do, but who you are, that's important." This was a hard lesson for Fr. John “Jack” Wambach, SJ, to learn.

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November 22, 2013 — The Loyola Productions video series "What is a Jesuit Vocation?" gives insight into how six Jesuits came to find their vocation in the Society of Jesus.

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November 20, 2013 — Jesuit Father Fred Green, who has devoted over 50 years to improving education in Peru, was awarded the 2013 Peruvian Ministry for Women and Vulnerable Populations Peace Prize.

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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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