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May 30, 2017 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John D. Cuddigan, SJ, who died on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.

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May 18, 2017 — Joseph Simmons, SJ, discussed the gifts and graces of Jesuit education at Jesuit Nation in Milwaukee.

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May 16, 2017 — Luke Hansen did not even know what a Jesuit was until a game of darts in college, when he met a priest who encouraged him to apply to the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Years later, Luke is preparing for ordination as a Jesuit priest after accompanying former Guantánamo Bay prisoners in Bermuda and serving all over the country.

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May 11, 2017 — Irish Jesuit Fr. John Sullivan, remembered for his healing prayers, will be beatified on May 13 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Dublin.

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May 11, 2017 — Fr. William Blazek, SJ, has been named national director of The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, succeeding Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, who served for 14 years.

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May 3, 2017 — Students at the Jesuit school near Chicago went through a refugee camp simulation and met former refugees during this year's Solidarity Week.

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May 3, 2017 — Pope Francis gave a surprise recorded TED Talk presented on April 25 at the TED2017 conference, the first time a pope has ever given a TED Talk.

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May 1, 2017 — Today, on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the Catholic Church is also celebrating the first-ever Religious Brothers Day.

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April 19, 2017 — Above all else, Jesuits in the United States are known for their schools. But what holds those schools together is a distinctive spirituality named after the Society of Jesus' founder.

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April 18, 2017 — At a Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition, and Hope, the Jesuits expressed sorrow for enslaving and selling 272 men, women, and children.

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April 18, 2017 — Jesuit Fr. Timothy Kesicki's remarks, on behalf of the US Jesuits, at the Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition, and Hope.

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April 16, 2017 — Happy Easter to you and your loved ones! Enjoy Easter prayers and reflections from the Society of Jesus.

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April 14, 2017 — As Jesus hung on the cross, he uttered seven last phrases of great meaning to those contemplating his passion and death. Today, on Good Friday, we remember his Seven Last Words, which have been widely used in Good Friday homilies.

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April 12, 2017 — For Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, his mother’s Friday evening meals during Lent are among his greatest childhood memories.

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April 11, 2017 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Robert W. Leiweke, SJ, who died on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. He was 89 years old. May he rest in peace.

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April 10, 2017 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Br. William E. Biernatzki, SJ, who died on Saturday, April 8, 2017. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace.

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March 24, 2017 — Alumni and friends of Jesuit institutions in the United States will connect and learn from fellow Jesuit alumni from around the world this summer.

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March 23, 2017 — Jesuit Fr. Gene Carmichael is most associated with Xavier University, where he worked for 36 years. But two state correctional institutions were the setting where he most dramatically lived out Jesus’ call in Matthew 25.

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March 15, 2017 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. John P. Murphy, SJ, who died on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. He was 79 years old. May he rest in peace.

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March 13, 2017 — For more than 170 years, the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network has invited people across the globe to pray with the bishop of Rome.

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March 13, 2017 — JRS/USA has announced that David (Rob) M. Robinson has been appointed executive director.

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March 10, 2017 — Today the Society of Jesus celebrates the feast day of Saint John Ogilvie, SJ, a Jesuit martyr.

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March 10, 2017 — Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, spoke at the Voices of Faith event to mark International Women’s Day.

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March 2, 2017 — Today, four members of the Jesuit network gave voice to the voiceless at a Capitol Hill briefing on criminal justice, environmental justice, immigration, and poverty.

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March 1, 2017 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Daniel J. Gannon, SJ, who died on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. He was 85 years old. May he rest in peace.

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