Father John J. Stochl, SJ, died Sunday, November 6, 2016 in St. Louis. Remembered for his lifelong service in the small Central American country of Belize, he was 92 years old, a Jesuit for 75 years and a priest for 62 years.
In his first in-depth interview after being elected superior general, Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, was quick to point out that he didn’t arrive at the Jesuits’ General Congregation 36 in Rome expecting to be the man selected for the job.
Pope Francis reminded delegates to General Congregation 36 that all our discernment occurs in and with the Church, and that this discernment leads to the greater service of our Lord. Please join us in our shared prayer during these weeks of discernment.
The year has seen a focus on the history of slaveholding by Jesuits in the United States. We in the USA Central and Southern Province share that history, for several of our early missions relied in part upon the labor of slaves. This statement is to inform you about the process we have begun in collaboration with our apostolates.
We have gathered a list of resources that may be helpful for Jesuit friends and colleagues to guide political activity, inform dialogue and conversations, and educate others during this political season – and beyond.
Over the past week, the parish hall at Immaculate Conception has begun to look like a warehouse, loaded with bleach, mops, trash bags, disinfectants, drinking water, etc. as generous donations came in to help parishioners whose houses have been flooded.
When Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald, SJ, announced at a student assembly that he had ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease – he made it clear that the progressive illness had changed nothing in his life. “Man is created to praise, reverence and serve God,” and whether a person is healthy or ill does not change that.
Father Roy Joseph, SJ, has always seen himself as a connector between different people and cultures. He is the first American Jesuit to be ordained a bi-ritual priest in both the Syro-Malabar and Latin rites.
On Wednesday, August 3, Hurricane Earl rolled over the Central American country of Belize causing significant wind and water damage to St. John’s College, an apostolate of the USA Central and Southern Province.
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, a Jesuit parish in Baton Rouge, was spared from damage in the recent historic flooding, but its parishioners are suffering. At least 80 families have lost their homes.
As one of the MAGIS 2016 coordinators for the United States, Michael Wegenka, SJ, is miles away from his hometown of Dallas, but the lessons he learned at Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory will be with him for a lifetime.
The violence of the past week is breaking hearts around the world. Media outlets are covering the conflict. Katy Quigley wants you to know that there are also moments of peace and pride and connection.