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August 21, 2018 — Pope Francis has responded to new reports of clerical sexual abuse and the ecclesial cover-up of abuse. In an impassioned letter addressed to the whole People of God, he calls on the Church to be close to victims in solidarity, and to join in acts of prayer and fasting in penance for such "atrocities".

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September 12, 2018 — Loyola High School is celebrating its 25th anniversary educating “men for others” in Detroit.

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September 10, 2018 — Today, U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of the best U.S. colleges, and all six Midwest Jesuit universities were featured prominently on the list.

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September 4, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Father Robert J. Welsh, SJ, who died at 9:15 a.m. (EDT) on Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 82 years old. May he rest in peace.

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August 29, 2018 — For most of his life, Fr. Kevin Embach, SJ, had two desires: to practice medicine and to serve God.

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As we reckon with the Grand Jury report on sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania and the failures of bishops to protect the children entrusted to their care, our hearts and prayers—first and foremost—are with the victim-survivors.

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August 27, 2018 — Twenty-six Jesuit novices in Canada and the United States, including seven men from the Midwest Jesuits, professed first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience this month.

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August 20, 2018 — It is with great joy that the Midwest Jesuits welcome 13 new novices to the Jesuit Novitiate of St. Alberto Hurtado.

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August 17, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Father Earl A. Weis, SJ, who was called to eternal life on August 15, 2018. Fr. Earl died at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. He was 95 years old, a Jesuit for almost seventy-seven years, and a priest for sixty-four years.

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August 14, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Thomas "Tom" C. Widner, SJ, who was called to eternal life on August 13, 2018. Tom died at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. He was seventy-six years old, a Jesuit for almost thirty-three years, and a priest for forty-nine years.

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August 10, 2018 — If Dr. Seuss wrote the biography of St. Ignatius of Loyola, it would look like “Audacious Ignatius,” a new children’s book created by two longtime Jesuit educators.

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August 6, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Father Charles "Chuck" F. Burns, SJ, who was called to eternal life on August 2, 2018. Chuck died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was eighty-one years old, a Jesuit for almost fifty-four years, and a priest for forty-six years.

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August 6, 2018 — Last month, 61 refugees in Kenya and Malawi earned diplomas from Regis University through the Jesuit Worldwide Learning program.

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July 26, 2018 — Father Urmston received a proclamation from the City Council of Cincinnati for his peace and justice efforts on June 27.

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July 18, 2018 — After nine years of Jesuit formation, it is still clear to me that my Jesuit formation actually started with my parents. Even before I joined the Society of Jesus, my parents’ quiet and steadfast persistence in their work, family, and faith had modeled the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

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July 17, 2018 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Walter "Wally" J. Stohrer, SJ, who was called to eternal life on July 14, 2018. Wally died at St. Camillus senior Jesuit healthcare community, in Wauwatosa, Wis. He was eighty-eight years old, a Jesuit for sixty-nine years, and a priest for fifty-six years.

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July 17, 2018 — Father Andrij M. Hlabse, SJ, was ordained to the priesthood in the Byzantine Rite at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Parma, Ohio.

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July 16, 2018 — Father Peter Klink, SJ, has been nominated for this year’s Lumen Christi (Light of Christ) Award.

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July 12, 2018 — “A Jesuit never retires, but their ministry changes as they age,” explains Fr. Robert Scullin, SJ, superior of the Colombiere Jesuit Community.

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July 2, 2018 — Fr. Kyle Shinseki, SJ, celebrated his first public Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Lihue, Kauai, on June 17.

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