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February 3, 2015 marked the renewal signing of the Sustaining Agreement between the Maryland Province Jesuits and Gesu School—one of only two Nativity Miguel Jesuit elementary schools (pre-K through eighth grade) nationwide.

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February 5, 2015 — Pope Francis will become the first pope to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress on September 24, House Speaker John Boehner announced today.

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February 3, 2015 - Fr. Stephen Spahn joined the Saint Ignatius Parish community in October 2014. Originally from Denver Colorado, Fr. Spahn’s path to the priesthood began while he was a student at Georgetown University. The youngest of ten children, Fr. Spahn, went to Georgetown with political aspirations: to attend the school of foreign service, then on to law school, and then return to Denver to be a “big fish in a small, dry, square pond.”

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February 3, 2015 - Rev. Edgar Graham, S.J., died on February 1, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. He was a Jesuit priest for 60 years. A native of Baltimore, MD, Father Graham was an alumnus of both Loyola High School and Loyola College in Baltimore. After pronouncing his first vows in July of 1944 and completing studies in Philosophy at Woodstock College in 1948, he proactively sought assignment in India.

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February 2, 2015 – In 2011, Jesuit scholastics Paddy Gilger, Sam Sawyer and Eric Sundrup noticed a problem. Even with smart phones and tablets, Catholic news outlets were not catching the attention of young adults open to engaging their faith. There was a clear need for a conversational news source that could talk about faith and religion in a way that was relevant to young adults.

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January 29, 2015 — Saint Joseph’s University recently honored Jesuit Father George Bur and his sibling, Sister Mary Elizabeth Bur, I.H.M., with the Ratio Studiorum Award.

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January 19, 2015 — In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed a gathering of over 500 people at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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January 15, 2015 — Next month, thousands of Jesuits and Ignatian partners will take part in IGNITING OUR VALUES, the Jesuits' prayer program for Lent 2015.

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January 6, 2015 — Nine percent of the 114th U.S. Congress are Jesuit college and university alumni/ae.

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January 5, 2015 - Vincent Marchionni, SJ is in Jesuit formation as a second year regent teaching history at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, MD.

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December 19, 2014 - About 40 years ago I was able to offer pastoral assistance to a young woman who lost her husband, a former student of mine, in a fatal car crash. She was left with a 5-year-old daughter and relatively few friends in Pennsylvania, far from her native Midwestern home. I celebrated the funeral Mass, took care of the burial and later helped the young widow enroll in law school and get on with her life.

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December 18, 2014 - The Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities has awarded the Vocation Office of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus with a $50,000 grant for the 2015 Candidacy Program. This grant will be used to expand and enrich programs that provide various opportunities for candidates discerning a Jesuit vocation.

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December 17, 2014 — Ready to curl up next to the fireplace with a good book this winter? Jesuit Father Raymond Schroth has just the reading list for you.

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December 15, 2014 — Scranton Preparatory School announced that Jesuit Father Ryan J. Maher will become the school’s new president in July 2015.

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In honor of Pope Francis’ declaration of a year dedicated to the celebration of consecrated life, the Maryland Province is profiling some of our priests, brothers and scholastics. Jesuits in Maryland date back to 1632 when missionary father Andrew White, SJ, celebrated the first Mass in the English colony to be designated as Catholic. Hence Maryland is literally Mary-land, consecrated to the protection of the Blessed Mother.

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December 12, 2014 — Father General Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Jesuits, has convoked the 36th General Congregation, to be held in Rome in 2016.

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The St. Joseph’s Prep Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Chairman Paul Geraghty, has named Rev. John W. Swope, S.J., as the school’s 32nd President. He succeeds Rev. George W. Bur, S.J., who will step down in June after seven years at the helm of his alma mater.

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Fr. Robert Hussey, SJ, officially convoked a Maryland Province Congregation today. Today’s announcement follows news of the 36th General Congregation convoked by Fr Alfonso Nicolas, SJ, the Father General of the Society of Jesus, in Rome yesterday.

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Sunday, November 30, the First Sunday of Advent, marks the beginning of a year celebrating Consecrated Life throughout the worldwide Church. This Year of Consecrated Life begins with us!

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December 4, 2014 — Religious vocations in the Catholic Church will be celebrated in 2015, which Pope Francis has named as the Year of Consecrated Life.

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December 2, 2014 - On December 1st, the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore hosted an Advent Evening of Gratitude for Baltimore area volunteers. The Ignatian Volunteer Corps provides men and women, most age 50 or better, opportunities to serve others through a network of community partner organizations.

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December 4, 2014 - The Jesuit delegates of the 35th General Congregation (2008) enter the Church of the Gesù in Rome. Photo by Fr. Don Doll, SJ.

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November 13, 2014 — Twenty-five years after the murders of six Jesuits and two lay women in El Salvador, Jesuits strive for justice that forges reconciliation and looks to the future.

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November 12, 2014 — Twenty-five years after six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter, were assassinated at the University of Central America, Jesuits and their lay collaborators are remembering them with commemorative events.

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November 10, 2014 — The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life held a recent panel discussion at Georgetown University, featuring editors of major Catholic publications.

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