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January 17, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Eugene F. Merz, SJ, who was called to eternal life on January 16, 2019, around 5:30 a.m. Gene died at Zilber Hospice in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was eighty-seven years old, a Jesuit for seventy years, and a priest for fifty-seven years.

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January 16, 2019 — It was a homecoming fifty years in the making. In 2016, Fr. Casey Bukala, SJ, moved to the Colombiere Center near Detroit, where elder Jesuits live in community, receive the healthcare they need, and pray for the Church and the Society. It was not Fr. Bukala’s first time at Colombiere, however.

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January 9, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John “Jack” R. Crocker, SJ, who died on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.

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January 9, 2019 — The Walsh triplets all attend Loyola University Chicago medical school — where their parents also attended.

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January 3, 2019 — Ten percent of the 116th U.S. Congress are Jesuit college and university alumni/ae, including several from Midwest Jesuit universities.

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The USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus today released the names of those Jesuits with established allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1955. In addition to the list of names, Fr. Brian Paulson, SJ, Provincial, has released a statement, "On behalf of the Midwest Jesuits, I apologize to victim-survivors and their families for the harm and suffering you have endured. Many of you have suffered in silence for decades."

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December 18, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Thomas H. Radloff, SJ, who died on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 88 years old. May he rest in peace.

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December 13, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John "Jack" E. Dister, SJ, who died on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.

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December 10, 2018 — Former Johnson & Johnson executive David Smith returns home to lead school. He will succeed Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ, on July 1, 2019.

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December 1, 2018 — 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 29, 2018 — Better known as Padre Melo, Ismael Moreno, SJ, is the director of the Honduran Jesuit radio station, Radio Progreso.

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November 29, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Robert K. McIntosh, SJ, who died on Saturday, November 24, 2018, in Waukesha, Wis. He was 78 years old. May he rest in peace.

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November 27, 2018 — With the launch of the sainthood cause for Fr. Arrupe, a reflection on his legacy.

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November 26, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Matthew E. Creighton, SJ, who died on Friday, November 23, 2018, at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, Mich. He was 91 years old. May he rest in peace.

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November 27, 2018 — This year, U.S. and Canadian Jesuits were ordained to the diaconate at several different Masses in the United States, Canada, Rome, Paris and Cairo.

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November 26, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John "Jack" H. Kleinhenz, SJ, who died on Thursday, November 22, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 97 years old and the oldest member of the USA Midwest Province. May he rest in peace.

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The Midwest Province announced plans today to release the names of those Jesuits with established allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1955. An established allegation is based on the facts and circumstances where there is a reasonable certainty that the accusation is true and that the sexual abuse of a minor has occurred.

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November 16, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Philip C. Rule, SJ, who died on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.

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