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January 22, 2018 — On Jan. 19, more than 800 students from Jesuit schools from across the United States gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Jesuit Mass for Life.

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January 17, 2018 — “If I saw You on the street / and You said come and follow me…” These words from the song “You Can Have Me” by Sidewalk Prophets came on the radio one summer day. I had just graduated from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and the words spoke to me in a life-changing way.

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January 11, 2018 — Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, the Jesuit secondary school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has appointed Fr. Timothy A. Howe, SJ, to serve as the school’s next president.

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January 10, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Thomas F. Ankenbrandt, SJ, who died on January 8, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.

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January 9, 2018 — Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School has selected Fr. William Verbryke, SJ, as its 12th president.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. James E. O'Reilly, SJ, who died on January 5, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 91 years old. May he rest in peace.

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January 1, 2018 — In the early days of 2017, the newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, helped set the stage for a year that will be very much remembered for the Jesuits’ care for people at the margins.

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December 15, 2017 — Tim Reilly will become the first lay president of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.

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December 11, 2017 — Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D, has been announced as the 25th president of John Carroll University.

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December 6, 2017 — One year after his death, the Jesuit Curia in Rome debuted a website dedicated to Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, 29th Superior General of the Jesuits.

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As members of the greater Ignatian family, we are blessed to have many prayer resources available to us. If you’re looking for something special for Advent, you may want to visit one of the following...

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November 27, 2017 — Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee has enjoyed growing enrollment in the first three years of the school's existence; now they're poised to move to a new facility.

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November 20, 2017 — The award was presented in September.

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November 16, 2017 — The Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit hosted Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, on Oct. 13 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

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November 14, 2017 — The annual Ignatian Family Teach-In addressed timely social justice issues in the Catholic context.

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November 9, 2017 — Creighton University alum Nick Stukel set out with a lofty goal: to run a marathon on all seven continents.

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November 3, 2017 — Cardinal Cupich presided over Mass at the Archbishop Quigley Center on Nov. 2, honoring Red Cloud Indian School of Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

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November 1, 2017 — Jesuit education leaders from around the world gathered recently in Rio de Janeiro for the first International Congress of Jesuit Education Delegates.

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October 27, 2017 — In recent months, 31 Jesuits, including five from the Midwest Province, have been ordained to the diaconate in the United States and Canada.

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Father Ed Sthokal, SJ, had never considered becoming a retreat director; he never even specifically trained for it. The plan for the young Jesuit was to teach English literature, perhaps go on to run a university department in the field. So how did he end up spending 58 years as a retreat director at Demontreville Retreat House in Lake Elmo, Minnesota?

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October 4, 2017 — Justin Pothoof will report on climate change at the 2017 UN conference in Germany in November.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Robert H. Schmidt, SJ, who died on September 26th in Patna, India. He was 79 years old. May he rest in peace.

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September 22, 2017 — Hurricane Maria has left devastation behind in Puerto Rico, and Jesuit school and parish families need our help. The Central and Southern Province Jesuits are accepting financial contributions to aid in recovery.

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Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Vincent A. Hagarman, SJ, who died on September 10, 2017, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 95 years old. He is preceded in death by his twelve siblings. May he rest in peace.

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