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.”
July 14, 2017 - Free, online access to numerous scholarly publications and sources in the Jesuit Studies field is now available, thanks to a project of the Boston College Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. The Portal to Jesuit Studies is meant to serve as a "Jesuit Google," strengthening the institute's efforts to serve as a resource on the history, spirituality, and pedagogy of the Society of Jesus.
July 13, 2017 - Xavier Mission - a New York City based organization that provides basic services as well as opportunities for empowerment and self-sufficiency to those in need - will hold a fundraising benefit on Tues., July 25.
July 13, 2017 - July 14 is the feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint in the Catholic Church who converted to Christianity after being inspired by Jesuit missionaries in what is now upstate New York.
July 5, 2017 - In his July prayer video Pope Francis talks about his intention of lapsed Christians. “Let us pray that our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the beauty of the Christian life.”
July 5, 2017 -- JESUITS Magazine, the magazine of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces won a 2017 Catholic Press Association (CPA) award (Second place) in the Best Religious Order Magazine category.