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  • Title: Welcome to the Society of Jesus in the United States
    Descriptive info: .. Jesuits at the Frontiers: Father Michael Corcoran, SJ.. Jesuit Advocates for Social and International Ministry Issues.. December 5, 2013 — Jesuit Father Tom Greene, secretary of the U.. S.. Jesuit Conference’s Social and International Ministries Office, promotes ministry projects and encourages young people to consider a religious vocation.. Read more.. Missouri Province Celebrates 150 Years of Service.. December 3, 2013 — Today, on the Feast of St.. Francis Xavier, the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus celebrates its 150th anniversary.. Ignatian Resources for Advent.. November 29, 2013 — Jesuits.. org is pleased to offer a list of online Ignatian spirituality Advent resources.. An Ignatian Examen for Thanksgiving.. November 28, 2013 — On this Thanksgiving Day, we share with you an Examen prayer of gratitude, adapted by Marquette University Campus Ministry.. view all news.. National Jesuit News.. Founded in 1971, National Jesuit News is.. the premiere source for news of the Jesuits.. of the U.. and their work around the globe.. Father Gilbert Sunghera, SJ: A Vocation by Design.. December 4, 2013 — Life as a Jesuit allows Fr.. Gilbert Sunghera, SJ, to combine his two passions: architecture and social justice.. Fr.. Anthony SooHoo, SJ: Scholar of Ancient Studies with a Lesson on Faith.. November 26, 2013 — Jesuit Father Anthony SooHoo is a New York University doctoral student studying ancient Mesopotamian religion, and he works in young adult ministry.. New Video Series Explores Jesuit Vocations.. November 22, 2013 — The Loyola Productions video series "What is a Jesuit Vocation?" gives insight into how six Jesuits came to find their vocation in the Society of Jesus..  ...   Saint Louis University and developed its undergraduate program in that field.. He is now studying theology as he prepares to become a priest.. 2013 Ordination Highlights.. Highlights from the 2013 ordinations in the Midwest Province.. Our Mission.. The Society of Jesus – Serving the Catholic Church for the greater glory of God.. Get Involved.. Click here to sign up for our award-winning enewsletter, learn about upcoming events and participate in our advocacy campaigns.. Support Us.. No matter your connection to the Society of Jesus, there is an opportunity for you to partner with the Jesuits and become part of their work.. Jesuit Parishes and Retreat Centers.. There are 66 Jesuit parishes and 22 retreat centers in the United States.. Jesuit parishes are situated in inner cities, suburbs, rural outposts and on college campuses and Native American reservations.. Jesuit retreat centers can be found in places ranging from New England's rocky coast to the foothills of the Rockies and the rustic trails of Santa Clara Valley.. They are part of urban landscapes, too.. Saint Thomas More Catholic Community.. Saint Thomas More Catholic Community is the union of two parishes in St.. Paul, Minn.. Find a parish near you.. Campion Renewal Center.. Campion Renewal Center, situated 20 miles west of Boston, is located in a peaceful setting that provides plenty of walking trails through the woods and fields.. Find a retreat center near you.. U.. Provinces.. -.. California.. Maryland.. Midwest.. Missouri.. New England.. New Orleans.. New York.. Oregon.. Wisconsin.. About Us.. Jesuits Only.. Press Center.. Parishes.. Jesuit Advocates.. Retreat Centers.. Job Announcements.. Contact Us.. Jesuit Missions, Inc.. Headquarters in Rome..

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  • Title: Jesuits at the Frontiers: Father Michael Corcoran, SJ
    Descriptive info: After devoting many years of service to U.. Jesuit schools, Jesuit Father Michael Corcoran was called to start a new Catholic high school on Yap Island in Micronesia.. Videos.. Since the time of St.. Ignatius, the Society of Jesus has served at the frontiers whether four centuries ago when the first Jesuits left their homes in Europe to establish missions in China, or today at the U.. -Mexico border where Jesuits serve undocumented residents.. The Jesuits call to teach, pray and serve was reaffirmed this past summer when Pope Francis said: Your proper place is on the frontiers.. This is the place of Jesuits.. Frontiers can be found in many forms: geographic, inter-religious, educational and social justice, to name just a few.. This week, meet Jesuit Father Michael Corcoran, who was missioned to a frontier thousands of miles from home, a densely-vegetated island called Yap, where he had just five weeks to start a new school.. A New Jesuit High School in Micronesia.. On July 31, 2011, the Feast of St.. Ignatius, Jesuit Father Michael Corcoran arrived on Yap Island in Micronesia to embark on a new assignment in a place he d never been.. He, along with Jesuit Father John Mulreany, would open a new Catholic high school on the island just five weeks later.. So how did this New York Province Jesuit end up 8,000 miles from home? The answer requires going back almost 70 years to just after the Second World War.. After the war, the New York Province of the Society of Jesus was given responsibility for what were then the United States Trust Territories in the Pacific, and Jesuits were sent to the frontiers to serve the people through pastoral ministry and education.. Today, the islands are known as the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau and the U.. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.. They are still served by Jesuits from the New York Province, along with indigenous Jesuits, New Orleans Province Jesuits and Jesuits from Japan, Myanmar and Indonesia.. While his province has a long history in Micronesia, Fr.. Corcoran had spent his career as a Jesuit teaching in U.. Jesuit high schools and then in Nativity middle schools, including Canisius High in Buffalo, N.. Y.. , Xavier High School in Manhattan, Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx and Regis High School in New York City.. When he felt it was time for a change, his provincial told him the province was going to build a new high school in Yap, and Fr.. Corcoran was intrigued.. I thought I could make a great contribution, and I liked the idea of working at a start-up school, he says.. It s exciting to see the school grow and help build the culture.. According to Fr.. Corcoran, the state of education is fairly poor in Yap, and Catholics on the island had been working for five years to get the Catholic Church to open a high school there.. The school would fill an important void it would aim to prepare students for college.. We set the standard pretty high, says Fr.. Corcoran.. We decided we were going to  ...   man, he says, laughing.. He also oversees construction projects, and shortly after the new school opened in the borrowed classrooms, Fr.. Corcoran and the staff found a site to construct a new building for the high school five miles outside of town.. Family and friends of the school pitched in, with hundreds of volunteers coming out each Saturday to clear the land, which was basically a jungle, says Fr.. Construction began in January 2012 on three classroom buildings, which were ready for the school s second academic year.. In the U.. , a school five miles away from home may not sound far, but Fr.. Corcoran said in Yap it was a gamble.. Getting the kids to come to school and getting them to come on time is a huge problem at schools here, he explains.. We had great success our first year when we were in town, and we were a little nervous when we moved to the new campus, and yet our attendance rate this year is 99.. 6%.. It s been way beyond what they thought was possible.. Corcoran and his team continue to adapt and take each challenge as it comes.. For instance, the admissions process was revamped, and student turnover has improved significantly from the first year, when students weren t required to supply transcripts until after acceptance.. Now in its third year, the school has grown to 63 students.. There are classrooms for each grade level on the new campus, and Fr.. Corcoran is currently overseeing the construction of an administration building that will include a science lab and computer center, a meeting space and an activity room.. The school now has five volunteer teachers, graduates of U.. Jesuit colleges and universities who commit to one or two years of teaching.. The volunteer teachers are the real heart and soul of the school, says Fr.. We ve been really blessed with the teachers we ve had.. And the end of this academic year will mark a major milestone: the school s first graduating class.. Seniors are now applying to colleges, and Jesuit scholastic Pat Nolan arrived in Yap this year as the school s new director of college counseling to help with the process.. People here are very excited about the school, but some are skeptical, admits Fr.. This year, with our first graduation and our first students off to college, I think that will make a huge impact on the community.. After his many years working in education in the U.. , Fr.. Corcoran says, In some ways I feel like this ministry, in this place is something I ve been prepared for throughout all the different assignments I had as a Jesuit in the U.. Click below to watch a 2012 video from the New York Province Jesuits on the building of Yap Catholic High School.. Do you want to learn more about vocations to the Society of Jesus? Visit.. www.. jesuits.. org/become.. for more information.. Pope Tells Jesuits Their Place is on the Frontiers.. Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House.. The Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House is located on the shores of Lake De Montreville in Lake Elmo, Minn..

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  • Title: About Us | The Jesuits
    Descriptive info: The Jesuits.. We are the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic order of priests and.. brothers.. founded half a millennium ago by the soldier-turned-mystic Ignatius Loyola.. But most people call us "the Jesuits.. ".. In the vision of our founder, we seek to "find God in all things.. " We dedicate ourselves to the greater glory of God" and the good of all humanity.. And we do so gratefully in collaboration with others who share our values, including laypersons.. They have become part of the we, the extended Jesuit family.. With close to 17,000-plus priests and brothers worldwide, we are the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church.. We are pastors, teachers, and chaplains.. We are also doctors, lawyers, and astronomers, among many other roles in Church and society.. In our varied ministries, we care for the whole person: body, mind, and soul.. And especially in our education ministries, we seek to nurture "men and women for others.. Jesuits draw on the rich tradition of Ignatian spirituality and reflection.. In our.. retreat centers.. ,.. parishes..  ...   religious order, Jesuits take three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and a fourth vow of obedience specifically in regard to worldwide mission.. In other words, Jesuits must be ready to accept whatever mission the Pope requires, a vow that is reflective of our broader dedication to the universal Church, and to the greater good of all people from all faiths and cultures.. Our collaboration with the laity flows from our personal relationships with Christ.. We see ourselves as companions of Jesus, and we invite others to join with us, as friends in the Lord.. Together we build up the body of Christ.. With our friends and partners, we also reach out to a broadly diverse world because that s where God is.. From experience and reflection, we know that meaning, value, and divine purpose can be discovered "in all things.. ".. History.. Mission and Ministries.. Structure.. Global Community.. Protecting Children.. Jesuit Retreat House.. Nestled in the urban landscape of Parma, Ohio, the Jesuit Retreat House of Cleveland is “a place of peace in the forest.. ”..

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  • Title: What We Do | One Mission, Many Ministries
    Descriptive info: What We Do.. Mr.. Vincent Giacabazi, SJ, teaching Spanish at De Smet Jesuit High School in St.. Louis.. Jesuits and their friends are ministering to people in the hard-to-reach places of the heart.. One Mission, Many Ministries.. Jesuits are widely known for their.. colleges and universities.. , as well as.. high schools.. And that s no surprise.. Education is a cornerstone of the Society of Jesus, and has been since the late 1540s, when Jesuit schools began spreading through Europe.. But names like Georgetown and Gonzaga and Marquette do not tell a full story of Jesuit ministries.. The works are far broader in scope, extending from middle schools in the inner city to refugee camps near Iraq, from retreat houses with an ocean view to parishes next door to college campuses.. Jesuits together with their lay collaborators are called to these and many other ministries.. In his message to the 35th General Congregation of Jesuits in 2008 (known simply as GC 35 ), Pope Benedict XVI declared: The Church needs you, counts on you, and continues to turn to you with confidence, particularly to reach the geographical and spiritual places where others do not reach or  ...   through such flagship organizations as the Jesuit Refugee Service.. Spiritually speaking, Jesuits and their friends are ministering to people in the hard-to-reach places of the heart.. They are doing so as military chaplains, helping soldiers find meaning far from home; as prison chaplains, accompanying those behind bars in a journey of reconciliation; as hospital chaplains, praying for healing together with patients and families; and in many other pastoral settings.. Ministry's Frontiers.. The followers of St.. Ignatius Loyola are also exploring the frontiers of mission and ministry.. Thus as this world changes, so does the context of our mission; and new frontiers beckon that we must be willing to embrace, the Jesuits declared at their 2008 General Congregation.. This spirit is finding expression, for example, in the recent phenomenon of Jesuit middle schools in hard-pressed urban neighborhoods of the United States.. Other examples include interreligious dialogue in countries torn by religious violence, and the struggle for environmental justice.. Education.. Partnerships.. Social Justice.. Finding God in all Things.. Interreligious Dialogue.. Jesuit Spirituality Center.. Situated on 900 acres of farmland, the Jesuit Spirituality Center at Grand Coteau provides a quiet environment for those seeking God through the Spiritual Exercises..

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  • Title: Ignatian Spirituality | Finding God in All Things
    Descriptive info: Ignatian Spirituality.. "Ignatius writes the Spiritual Exercises in the cave at Manresa.. " Painting by Carlos Saenz de Tejada, 1897-1958.. Often described as Ignatius's greatest gift to the world, these exercises unfold a dynamic process of prayer, meditation, and self-awareness.. Finding God in All Things.. Throughout much of the world, the Jesuits are best known for their colleges, universities, and high schools.. But in a time when many are searching for greater meaning, another aspect of Jesuit life is attracting wide interest.. And that is the unique spirituality introduced nearly 500 years ago by St.. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.. Ignatius was a Spanish soldier and aristocrat who discerned his calling after suffering nearly fatal wounds on the battlefield.. He established the Society of Jesus in 1540, instructing the early Jesuits to go out and "find God in all things.. " That is the signature spirituality of the Jesuits.. Ignatian spirituality is grounded in the conviction that God is active in our world.. As the great Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote: "God is not remote from us.. He is at the point of my pen, my pick, my paintbrush, my needle and my heart and my thoughts.. " The spiritual path laid out by Ignatius is a way of discerning  ...   how God was present at those times, followed by a decision to act in some way.. The Examen is concrete: It focuses your mind on segments of time (no more than a day, preferably), and the feelings that stirred within you, at those specific moments.. Walk through the five steps of the Examen.. here.. There are a number of outstanding resources devoted to Ignatian spirituality.. Sacred Space.. is a popular prayer site run by the Irish Jesuits, and.. Jesuitprayer.. org.. was created by the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus to provide daily online prayers and facilitate prayer requests.. In addition,.. The Jesuit Post.. , founded by a group of Jesuit scholastics (those in the process of religious formation), provides a contemporary look at Jesus, politics, and pop-culture in our secular age.. Ignatian spirituality is not merely an inward journey, much less a self-absorbed one.. It aims to bring people closer to God and more deeply into the world with gratitude, passion, and humility not away from it.. Ignatius called on the Jesuits to be "contemplatives in action.. " Today, Jesuits and their lay collaborators work with people in many walks of life, such as education and business.. They help nurture "men and women for others.. Ignatius of Loyola.. The Daily Examen..

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  • Title: Become a Jesuit | Men for Others
    Descriptive info: Become a Jesuit.. Statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Fordham University, Bronx, NY.. "It is therefore essential to give young Jesuits a human, spiritual, intellectual and ecclesial formation as deep, strong and vibrant as possible to allow each of them to achieve our mission in the world with a proper attitude of service in the Church.. Men for Others.. It generally takes three years of law school to become a lawyer, four years of medical school to become a doctor (prior to residency), and roughly the same length of time to step forward as a candidate for ordained ministry (in most faith communities and religious orders).. Jesuit training is different.. It is less a course of study than a journey through several distinct stages of formation, ranging from a two-year novitiate to theological studies to years of fulltime ministry.. Through it all, Jesuits immerse themselves in the spiritual and communal practices of their order.. They learn to live in God's presence.. For those seeking to be ordained as Jesuit priests, this path of preparation will normally last about a decade.. It will last seven or eight years for most.. Jesuit brothers.. That is what it takes to produce men who are trained in the Spiritual Exercises of St.. Ignatius Loyola, with the skills  ...   is therefore essential to give young Jesuits a human, spiritual, intellectual and ecclesial formation as deep, strong and vibrant as possible to allow each of them to achieve our mission in the world with a proper attitude of service in the Church.. As noted in that statement, Jesuits are trained with a clear view toward the needs of the Church as well as the world.. At the same time, this formation is unmistakably personal centered on the gifts and talents of each Jesuit.. There is a common Jesuit expression.. cura personalis.. , translated from the Latin as care for the whole person.. It highlights the need to nurture people in all of their dimensions body, mind, and soul.. And it leads the Society of Jesus to focus on the unique potential of each member in formation.. In the end, a Jesuit is able to serve the Church and foster an interior relationship with Christ, while pursuing his talent as a math professor.. Or in any other walk of professional life.. The journey begins informally, in conversation with a vocation director.. That sets in motion a process of reflecting on who God is calling you to be.. Click here to contact a vocation director.. Is God Calling Me?.. Stages of Formation.. Contact a Vocation Director..

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  • Title: Jesuits Worldwide | Our Universal Vocation
    Descriptive info: Jesuits Worldwide.. The Jesuit Curia in Rome.. The dome of St.. Peter's Basilica can be seen in the distance.. Our universal vocation: to go anywhere in the world where there is hope for God’s greater glory.. Our Universal Vocation.. Although most people encounter Jesuits locally in schools and other ministries, the Society of Jesus is in fact a missionary order the largest such order in the Catholic Church.. Adolfo Nicolás, S.. ,.. Superior General.. of the Jesuits, has reaffirmed what he calls the vision of our universal vocation, which is to go anywhere in the world where there is hope for God s greater glory.. International Jesuit ministries are seeking to nurture hope in places that would seem to offer little of it.. Case in point: refugee camps, where the.. Jesuit Refugee Service.. sponsors schools for children who often spend years in those troubled surroundings, along with many other services.. Hope is found in the myriad works of justice, peace, and care for creation the Jesuit social ministries described at greater length.. There are also primarily spiritual ministries carried out by the worldwide Society of Jesus.. These include the.. Apostleship of Prayer.. , which is essentially a global prayer group with daily online offerings.. The  ...   responsibilities in Rome on behalf of the Universal Church.. Particularly significant among these is the education and training of future Church leaders.. The Jesuits carry out this task at a number of institutions including the.. Pontifical Gregorian University.. , the.. Pontifical Biblical Institute.. , and the.. Pontifical Oriental Institutes.. Those three now serve more than 3,500 students from 120 countries on six continents.. The students are preparing for service as priests, sisters, religious brothers, and lay leaders.. They have a strong impact on the Church: graduates of the three institutions include one fourth of the world s current bishops and half of the cardinals who voted in the most recent papal conclave.. American Jesuits are actively involved in all of the international ministries.. Their provinces or regional jurisdictions take responsibility for ministry in regions not currently served by a Jesuit province abroad.. The American provinces also partner with their provincial counterparts, especially in developing nations, on the full range of ministries, in what are often referred to as twinning relationships.. International Works.. Sioux Spiritual Center.. The Sioux Spiritual Center, nestled amid the hills of western South Dakota, is the heart of the Diocese of Rapid City’s efforts to develop native clergy and leadership on the reservations..

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  • Title: Support Us | Support Our Work
    Descriptive info: Support Our Work.. Through gifts, large and small, our donors make possible the daily miracles of the Society of Jesus and its ministries throughout the world.. There are a number of ways for you to support the work of the Jesuits.. The following is a sampling of special projects needing support.. Your online donation can fund one of these initiatives, or you can click on the map to the right to make a direct donation to the province of your choice.. The Society of Jesus in the United States is comprised of nine geographic provinces, and your donation will be matched to the province in your area.. Ways to help.. Formation of Jesuits.. The focus of Jesuit formation is to prepare priests and brothers who are well educated, trained in the.. Spiritual Exercises.. and have the skills to minister in a diverse and ever changing environment.. Today it requires almost $50,000 a year to support each Jesuit in formation a process that can take upwards of ten years.. Please help support the future of the Society of Jesus by making a donation to our formation fund.. Support this work.. Select  ...   these Jesuits.. Pastoral, Social and Educational Ministries.. Across the United States, Jesuits operate colleges and universities, high schools and middle schools, retreat centers and parishes and countless apostolic works.. From hospital and prison chaplaincy to programs for those affected by homelessness and gang violence, Jesuits go where needs are greatest.. Please consider helping us support these important ministries.. International Ministries.. Jesuits work around the globe in schools, parishes and many other ministries.. In addition, each of the nine Jesuits provinces in the United States has multiple twinning relationships with Jesuit provinces in Africa, Latin America and Asia, among others.. We hope you will consider supporting the international work of American Jesuits.. Support USA Provinces.. Would you like to support the province in your area? Or perhaps support the province of a Jesuit teacher, mentor or friend? Click the map above, or choose from the list of provinces below.. USA Provinces.. Province Location Map.. Your support is a blessing and we thank you for your donation.. Loyola House of Retreats.. Loyola House of Retreats is located on 30 acres of beautiful lawns, gardens and woodland in a quiet section of Morristown, N..

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  • Title: Search | Search
    Descriptive info: Search.. Site search is temporarily unavailable while pages are being indexed on our new server.. Ignatian Spirituality Center.. The Ignatian Spirituality Center of Kansas City offers programs in Ignatian prayer and retreats and trains lay people as spiritual directors and retreat guides..

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  • Title: Jesuit Advocates for Social and International Ministry Issues
    Descriptive info: News Detail.. “We come to know justice by staying rooted and not just doing service and advocacy, but by accompanying people, by being with people in their suffering, listening to them, sharing their concerns and acting.. ” — Jesuit Father Tom Greene.. December 5, 2013 Jesuit Father Tom Greene found his vocation on a road trip.. After five years of practicing law, he decided one day to head to Alaska.. He never arrived, but instead stayed two years in Wyoming where he rediscovered faith and became actively involved in work with the poor.. Eventually, this led him to join the Society of Jesus.. Today, Fr.. Greene serves as the secretary of the United States Jesuit Conference s Social and International Ministries Office, traveling nationwide and internationally to promote ministry projects and encourage young people to consider a vocation to religious life.. During a recent workshop at the Jesuit Novitiate in Culver City, Calif.. Greene told a group of more than 20 novices that the social dimension is all part of our apostolates.. Greene, a former assistant district attorney, with expertise in immigration law and human rights, asked the novices: What does justice mean? What does it look like? Then he offered: We come to know it by  ...   serves as a liaison between several Ignatian ministries, such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Ignatian Solidarity Network and Jesuit Refugee Service, and coordinates the National Jesuit Committee on Investor Responsibility, advocating and promoting corporate behavior consistent with Catholic social teaching.. It costs a lot of money to work with the poor, Fr.. Greene told the novices in Culver City while explaining his work and the importance of planning after setting a vision.. You need to swim upstream at times to look and address structural causes of poverty and exclusion wisely.. He challenged the men to think more as an international society and to see all the good work we re doing regardless of the reduction in numbers of vocations.. [Source:.. The Tidings.. ].. Tweet.. Recent News.. Philippines Jesuit Organization Looks Toward Long-Term Typhoon Rehabilitation Efforts.. November 27, 2013 — Since Typhoon Haiyan landed in the Philippines, the Jesuit-run SLB social justice organization has provided relief to thousands of victims.. Jesuit Father Chuck Frederico on Inspiring Vocations in Young Adults.. November 26, 2013 — As vocation director for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces, Jesuit Father Chuck Frederico enjoys nothing more than traveling to Jesuit schools and talking to students about his vocation.. view all news..

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  • Title: Missouri Province Celebrates 150 Years of Service
    Descriptive info: Bottom photo:.. Missouri Jesuit Provincial Father Douglas W.. Marcouiller celebrates Mass Sept.. 14 at St.. Francis Xavier Parish in Kansas City to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus.. (Kevin Kelly/Key photo).. December 3, 2013 Today, on the Feast of St.. On Dec.. 3, 1863, a decree was issued establishing Missouri as a province, making it only the third English-speaking province in the Society.. Throughout the fall, celebrations were held in each of the province s major cities, including Denver and Kansas City.. Today, a St.. Louis celebration will bring Jesuits there together for Mass at St.. Francis Xavier College Church, followed by dinner and a basketball game between two of the province s schools, Saint Louis University and Rockhurst University.. Additionally, St.. Louis Mayor Francis G.. Slay will read a proclamation during the game s halftime declaring Dec.. 3 150-Years-of-Jesuit-Service Day.. The first Jesuits came to serve the area in 1823, when Bishop Louis Guillaume DuBourg, the second bishop of Louisiana, wrote to the Maryland Province s provincial, inviting Jesuits to St.. The superior accepted, and in April 1823, 11 Belgian Jesuits seven novices, two brothers and two priests began walking from Baltimore to the Ohio River s mouth at Pittsburgh, Penn.. They obtained two rafts, tied them together and sailed downriver and found their way to Shawneetown, Ill.. From there they walked 250 miles to the Mississippi River and most likely ferried across.. They arrived in St.. Louis on May 31, tired and sore.. At that time, St.. Louis was still a small frontier town with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants, but by 1850, it was one of the 10 largest cities in the country with 80,000 residents.. Rapid growth brought demands for pastoral service to the people pouring into the center of the country.. In addition to parishes and missions for Native Americans, early Missouri Jesuits took on two colleges that had been founded by bishops: St.. Louis College and St.. Joseph's College in Bardstown,  ...   The Jesuits had learned what they needed by doing apostolic work, and they had learned how to train young Jesuits for the future.. Sopranis recommended that Father General Beckx elevate Missouri to a province.. Beckx had cited a shortage of properly trained men for his unwillingness to make Missouri a province and had reason for caution.. The Civil War was keeping Southern students from attending two of their colleges, and the conflict was dividing Jesuits and the communities they served.. Nevertheless, the Jesuit leader in Rome decided to grant Missouri's wish to become a province.. 3, 1863, 194 Jesuits assumed the title of the "Missouri Province" with Jesuit Father Ferdinand Coosemans as the first provincial.. "It s very hard for us to put ourselves back into those circumstances, Fr.. Padberg said.. They started with nothing, and here they were not that far along the line.. Forty years later, they were a full province.. That s extraordinary.. The Missouri Province was at its largest in 1929, and was then split to form the Chicago and Wisconsin Provinces.. Change is coming again, as the Missouri Province prepares for new boundaries and a new name when it joins the New Orleans Province in 2014 to become the Central and Southern Province.. "One of the wonderful things about the new province is that no matter what your idea of frontier is, we have it," said Jesuit Father Tom Greene, secretary for social and international ministries at the U.. Jesuit Conference.. "We'll have a geographic frontier at the U.. -Mexico border, but we also have frontiers of knowledge, frontiers of spirituality in some of the projects we have and frontiers of advocacy and social justice work through some of the social centers we have.. " [Sources:.. Missouri Province s Jesuit Bulletin.. Kansas City Catholic Key.. Abraham Lincoln Memorabilia Donated to John Carroll University.. November 25, 2013 — On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, John Carroll University announced a gift of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia featuring letters, original photos and more..

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