U.S. Jesuit College and University Presidents Release Statement on Undocumented Students
November 30, 2016 — Today, 27 US Jesuit college and
university presidents released a statement on undocumented students, in which
they reaffirmed their commitment “to uphold the dignity of every person, to
work for the common good of our nation, and to promote a living faith that
works for justice.”
As presidents of Jesuit colleges and universities, they wrote that they felt “spiritually and morally compelled to raise a collective
voice confirming our values and commitments as Americans and educators.”
In the statement, the presidents said they would continue
working “to protect to the fullest extent of the law undocumented students on
our campuses; to promote retention of the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals Program (DACA); to support and stand with our students, faculty, and staff regardless of their faith traditions; and to preserve the
religious freedoms on which our nation was founded.”
The presidents wrote that they hoped their statement would “inspire
members of our University communities, as well as the larger national community,
to promote efforts at welcome, dialogue, and reconciliation among all that
share our land.”
They concluded by saying that they welcome
further conversation and are committed to modeling “the kind of discourse and
debate that are at the heart of our nation’s ideals. And we promise to bring
the best resources of our institutions — of intellect, reflection, and service —
to bear in the task of fostering understanding in the United States at this
particular time in our history.”
May 6, 2019 - When I was in the third grade at a Catholic primary school in suburban Maryland, I happened upon a book about St. Isaac Jogues, the 17th century Jesuit missionary, getting flogged, flayed, and having his fingers chewed off on a mission to “New France.” At the time I couldn’t for the life of me understand why someone would choose to go through such an ordeal! Fast forward twenty-some years later, and I am a Jesuit brother living with Jesuits from India, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Wisconsin.
April 29, 2019 — Ask someone who's benefited from a Jesuit education or ministry about the Jesuits’ contributions, and you’ll hear answers like “Jesuits form men and women for others,” “they help people discern God’s presence in their lives,” and "they serve God by caring for and seeking justice for people on the margins.” But we don’t always give thought to how the Jesuits themselves benefit from being in the Society.
April 23, 2019 — Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Theodore J. Hottinger, SJ, who died on April 22, 2019 at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 87 years old. May he rest in peace.
April 21, 2019 — We turned to Twitter and challenged people to tell the story the resurrection of Jesus in exactly six words — no more. Boil the central truth of our faith down to its essence. What’s most important?