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Pope Francis has named Maryland Province Jesuit, Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, as the new director of the Vatican Observatory. Br. Consolmagno is a planetary scientist who has been an astronomer with the Vatican Observatory since 1993.

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Dr. Mark Reed is officially installed as the first lay president in Saint Joseph's University's 164-year history.

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Throughout Pope Francis' three-city tour, he will undoubtedly seek out ordinary Americans and those dwelling at the margins of society. That’s according to the experts who know him best — members of the Society of Jesus.

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Friends, family and brother Jesuits gathered for a Mass and dinner reception to honor our Jesuits of the Maryland Province celebrating 50 years in the Society of Jesus, and to recognize the other 25 Jesuits marking a Jubilee year as well.

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September 11, 2015 — Hundreds of students from 42 Jesuit high schools will have the trip of a lifetime when they head to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis later this month.

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This coming February, when the Maryland Province Jesuits assumes the care of St. Thomas More Parish in Decatur, Georgia, Fr. Mark Horak, SJ, will become its new Pastor.

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Fr. John Swope, SJ, was installed as the 32nd President of St. Joseph's Prep as part of the school’s annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on September 8, 2015.

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September 8, 2015 — Jesuit Father Walter Buckius, the oldest member of the Maryland Province Jesuits at age 95, recently celebrated his 75th anniversary in the Society of Jesus.

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Prayers of gratitude to God for the seven young men who have entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Syracuse, NY, the first step on their journey in the Society of Jesus. May God's grace and guidance be upon them.

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Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore is gearing up to add a fifth grade class to its curriculum next year, making it a four-year middle school. Its unique summer program for students sets it apart from other middle schools.

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Sept. 1, 2015 – From September 22-27, Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, will make his first visit to the United States. Access resources and information on the Pope's visit, the Jesuits and the significance of this landmark trip, here.

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Trained as a chef, Fr. Chuck Frederico, SJ, currently serves as vocation director for the Maryland and Northeast Jesuit Provinces. On August 30, he’ll be featured on an episode of Cooking Channel’s “Holy and Hungry,” which showcases religious leaders who use food in some way in their ministry.

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August 17, 2015 — Newly ordained Jesuit Father John W. Peck has imagined himself celebrating Mass since he was a young boy.

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August 7, 2015 — Middle and high school youth at St. Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, lived the Gospel through community service.

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In honor of the feast day for Saint Ignatius Loyola, which falls on July 31, Saint Alphonsus church celebrates an annual Mass in the Woodstock Jesuit Cemetery on the prior weekend.

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July 31 is the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola - the founder of the Society of Jesus. Born in 1491, Ignatius was a different kind of saint. As the noted Jesuit historian Fr. John O’Malley, SJ, observed, "Ignatius redefined the traditional basis of saintliness."

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Fr. William J. McGrath, SJ, Scranton Prep’s longest serving Jesuit faculty member, died on July 9, 2015 two days shy of his 87th birthday. He had been a Jesuit priest for 56 years.

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Having served as Pastor at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore from October 2005 to May 2008, Fr. James Casciotti returns in August after a short sabbatical from his role as Socius for the Maryland Province Jesuits.

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June 30, 2015 – Pope Francis’s itinerary for his September 2015 visit to the United States has been released. This visit will be Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States.

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Maryland Province Jesuit Fathers Frank Reese and Don Ward together have served the church as priests for 100 years.

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Fr. Kevin Gillespie, SJ, has been selected as the new Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Washington, DC. He has served for the last three years as president of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and will begin his new assignment on October 1, 2015.

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A dozen past participants of the Magis program gathered at Chapman Lake Retreat Center of The University of Scranton June 11-13.

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June 18, 2015 – On June 13, Jesuits Dennis Baker, Brent Otto, John Peck, and Sean Toole were ordained to the priesthood at the Fordham University Church.

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John Peck, SJ, and Sean Toole, SJ, from the Maryland Province will be ordained at the Fordham University Church on June 13, 2015. They are among 28 other Jesuits in the U.S. and Canada who will be ordained at ceremonies this month.

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Far beyond the Jesuit world, even beyond the Catholic world, people concerned with the future of life on earth and the care for God’s creation are anxiously anticipating the June 18th release of Pope Francis’s papal encyclical on ecology and human development.

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