News
Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ
Society of Jesus’ California and Oregon Provinces Form New Jesuits West Province

July 5, 2017 — Jesuits West, the newest province of the Society of Jesus in the United States, came into existence July 1 and will serve 10 Western states. The new province, which reunites the former California and Oregon Provinces, will continue the Jesuit tradition of going to the margins of society to provide education, spirituality and justice wherever it is needed most.

Under the leadership of Provincial Father Scott Santarosa, SJ, and a cadre of Jesuit and lay leadership and volunteer partners, Jesuits West is a broad network of approximately 100 ministries and works offering education through universities, high schools and elementary and Nativity schools; Ignatian spirituality through parishes and retreat and spirituality centers; help and guidance to the poor and marginalized through social ministries; education and training for the next generations of Jesuit priests and brothers; and care of senior and infirm Jesuits who have dedicated their lives to the service of others.

Gonzaga University in Spokane is one of five Jesuit universities within the Jesuits West territory.

"We're trying to force ourselves to creatively respond to new needs that the world is presenting us and new ways of serving the Lord," Fr. Santarosa said. "It raises all kinds of questions. Why are we doing what we're currently doing? Are there better ways to do it? Should we still be at these works or should there be some other works that we could be doing? Ultimately, it's a question of trying to make us more responsive to the Kingdom of God."

The 10 states served by Jesuits West are Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii.

"I think it gets to something that former Superior General Fr. (Adolfo) Nicolás wrote to me," Fr. Santarosa said. "He wrote, 'The purpose of the restructuring is broadening our apostolic horizons, forming new initiatives. It's starting new works. It's looking at new ways of being in our existing works. It's finding new ways to creatively reach out to young people. It's forming new networks.' Ideally, a province is a discerning body, answering the question, 'Where is God calling us collectively as religious men in this particular geographic area?'" [Source: Jesuits West]





Recent News

Dec. 12, 2017 - Fr. Robert G. Doherty, SJ, was called to eternal life on Dec. 9, 2017, at Campion Center, Weston, Mass. He was born on Sept. 22, 1929, in Dorchester, Mass., entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1948, and was ordained on June 18, 1960. He pronounced his final vows on Aug. 15, 1965, at Milltown Park, Dublin, Ireland.

December 6, 2017 — The Curia in Rome debuted the site, dedicated to the 29th Superior General, one year after his death.

Dec. 6, 2017 - Friends, parishioners and graduates of Jesuit schools helped the USA Northeast Jesuits launch its first successful #GivingTuesday campaign, raising $9,197.

Dec. 4, 2017 - On its way from Mexico City to New York for the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Run of the Guadalupe Torch stops at Sacred Heart Church in Richmond.

Dec. 4, 2017 - In his December prayer video Pope Francis talks about his intention of the elderly. “Let us keep in mind our elders, so that sustained by families and institutions, may with their wisdom and experience collaborate in the education of new generations."

Dec. 1, 2017 - During November, the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces hosted numerous vocation awareness events in honor of Jesuit Vocations Month. Throughout the provinces, Jesuits shared stories of their vocations with men still discerning their callings.

Dec. 1, 2017 — December 3 is the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, SJ, one of the first Jesuits, who is considered by some to be the greatest missionary since the time of the Apostles.

view all news

Search news







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.