Syrian refugee children at the Jordanian border with Syria and Iraq. (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters)
Statement from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S. on Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees
January 30, 2017 — As members of a global religious order
that works to form men and women of conscience and compassion, we denounce the
Trump Administration’s Executive Order suspending and barring refugees and
banning nationals of seven countries as an affront to our mission and an
assault on American and Christian values.
The Jesuits — through our work in high schools, colleges,
parishes and signature ministries such as Jesuit Refugee Service — have a long,
proud tradition of welcoming and accompanying refugees, regardless of their
religion, as they begin their new lives in the United States. We will continue
that work, defending and standing in solidarity with all children of God,
whether Muslim or Christian.
The world is deeply troubled, and many of our brothers and
sisters are justifiably terrified. Our Catholic and Jesuit identity calls us to
welcome the stranger and to approach different faith traditions and cultures
with openness and understanding. We must not give in to fear. We must continue
to defend human rights and religious liberty. As Pope Francis said, “You cannot
be a Christian without living like a Christian.”
April 20, 2017 - Fr. John M. Buckley, SJ, was called to eternal life on April 19, 2017. Fr. Buckley was born on July 17, 1925, and entered the Society of Jesus on June 20, 1943. He was ordained on July 29, 1956, and pronounced Final Vows on August 15, 1960.
April 4, 2017 - In his April prayer video Pope Francis prayer for young people and asks them to be the people working towards positive change in the world. “Don’t leave it to others to be the protagonists of change. You, young people, are the ones who hold the future!”
March 24, 2017 - On March 21, Bishop John O'Hara, vicar for Lower Manhattan and Staten Island, visited Xavier High School to bless the student chapel and dedicate its altar. It was also an opportunity to honor Vincent Lewis with the Xavier President’s Medal for his extraordinary generosity to the chapel restoration.
March 16, 2017 - In the 75 years since their founding, Fairfield University and Fairfield Prep have provided generations of students with a Jesuit education that calls them to pursue the Magis as men and women for others.