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April 18, 2013 — Approachable. Attentive. Authentic. Available. These words come up time and again when fellow Jesuits describe Fr. Bob Leiweke, SJ.

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April 18, 2014 — Pope Francis invites each of us to ask some personal questions of our own roles in the Gospel story during Holy Week: "Which of these people do I resemble most?"

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The Jesuits work in more than 130 countries throughout the world, in a variety of spiritual, social and educational apostolates, always present on the frontiers of faith and culture. Fr. Jorge Eduardo Serrano-Ordoñez, SJ, is hoping to bridge the gap.

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GoodNews Link: Faith and joy. That is how more than 80,000 students have an opportunity to view their education in 72 primary and secondary schools associated with the Society of Jesus in Peru. "Good news like this continues to come out of this country, even amid great poverty," says Francisco Ibañez.

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Father Richard W. Cherry, SJ (AOR), who served as a Jesuit missionary to the people of Eastern Africa, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan.

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We share a special message of the Holy Father to Fr. General.

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At the personal invitation of the Pope Francis, I went to the Santa Marta House, that had been used for the Cardinals present at the Conclave at 5:30 p.m.

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In the name of the Society of Jesus, I give thanks to God for the election of our new Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., which opens for the Church a path full of hope.

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It is with great gratitude and joy that the Midwest Jesuits welcome Francis, the First Jesuit Pope.

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The Wisconsin Province Jesuits have cooperated with the Kohima Region since 2002. The Jesuits of the ethnically and geographically diverse Kohima region have worked tirelessly and faced the challenges posed by rural, mountainous terrain, a 50% literacy rate, and 240 distinct languages.

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Good News Link: John Madden (not to be confused with the former NFL coach of that name) received a football scholarship to Marquette University. That scholarship enabled him to study at a place where he was "deeply impressed by the work of the Jesuits. I had a wonderful experience and made great friends at Marquette."

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Father Louis J. Lipps, SJ, who served as a Jesuit spiritual and retreat director and minister for 74 years, died on Friday, January 11, 2013, in Pontiac, Michigan.

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Fr. Francis (Frank) Smith, SJ, published poet and John Carroll University professor, died on December 13, 2012, after 63 years as a devoted Jesuit priest.

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(Chicago - November, 2012) 109 years after its founding, Stroger Hospital has been served by 35 dedicated, Jesuit chaplains. Today, the Jesuit legacy and mission is carried on through the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.

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In my job as Jesuit Vocation Director, I often ask inquiring men this question, “So, if you were to be a Jesuit, what sort of work or ministry would you like to do?”

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“My excitement has been building since Fr. Kesicki began the conversation with me about my coming to Loyola,” says Fr. Luedtke. “In fact, my response was a hearty, ‘great!’ Many wonderful things have happened at the school thanks to the work of my predecessors, but I know there is a lot more work to do to give our students the best we have to offer.”

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October 18, 2012 — Growing up in north Omaha as one of 13 children — six of whom entered religious orders — Fr. Richard McCaslin, SJ, “always wanted to be a priest.”

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July 26, 2012 — A WWII veteran, Fr. Larry Jonas, SJ, traveled to Washington, D.C, in April 2012 for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. The trip offered a glimpse of what Heaven might be like.

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Fr. Edward Konerman, SJ, who served as a Jesuit for 66 years, died on February 24, 2012.

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I write to you with a great deal of joy in my heart as we mark the completion of another school year at St. Aloysius.

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Fr. W. Henry (Hank) Kenney, SJ, Jesuit Priest and missionary to South Africa, died on October 3, 2011, in Clarkston, Michigan.

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