August 2019
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6 October -12 October
2019 Colloquium
Rome through the eyes of Ignatius

See the Eternal City from a unique perspective - from the heart of the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus.  Experience the adventure of Jesuit Rome with its academic, spiritual, social and cultural opportunities. Please join us as we explore from the center to the periphery.

How St. Ignatius is Giving Teens the Tools to Navigate Today’s Challenges

Ignatian spiritual tools are critical for my students. The seduction of violence, cynicism and hopelessness is compelling. Adults all around them express disgust toward public leaders, fear about gun violence in all its forms and panic about climate change.

Ignatian prayer practices help my students wade through the cacophony of media messages about these big issues as well as more typical teenage concerns like relationships, looks and achievement. Ignatian tools ground us in eternal hope that God is truly with us, even and especially in times of struggle.

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Notable Alumnus
St Joseph Sebastian Pelczar

Pontifical Gregorian University

Joseph Sebastian Pelczar was born in Poland in 1842. He felt the calling to be a priest at a very early age. He entered the seminary in the city of Przemysl and was ordained in 1864. He was first assigned as a parish priest but in 1866 he went to Rome to study. He completed doctorates in both theology and canon law at the Gregorian University. He remained in Rome until 1877 serving as a professor and then taught in Przemysl and Krakow until 1893. He established libraries, wrote countless books and articles and worked for the poor, orphans, the jobless and the sick though a fraternity which he founded. He was a co-founder of the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in order to work with women.

In 1901 Pelczar became bishop of Przemysl and worked tirelessly visiting parishes, reforming seminaries and the education system to give access to all people. He rebuilt churches, established nurseries, kitchens, homeless shelters and schools in order to implement the newly announced social teaching of the Church as explained by Pope Leo XIII. Bishop Pelczar died on March 28, 1924 with a strong reputation for holiness and as a pastor who genuinely cared for his flock.

The process of canonization began on the local level in 1952, but the cause was opened in Rome in 1982. Pope Saint John Paull II declared him Venerable in 1989. A first miracle attributed to Bishop Pelczar was approved and he was beatified by John Paul II during a visit to Poland in 1991. After the approval of a second miracle, the same pope canonized Joseph Sebastian Pelczar in 2003.

Chaldean Catholics celebrate Mary, culture,
family at Ohio national shrine

Vatican News

Pope Francis hospital ship brings Word of God, health care to Amazon region

Pope Francis sends a letter of congratulation for a new hospital boat, which arrived on Saturday in the Archdiocese of Belém do Pará in Brazil.

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Praying with the Pope in August
Pope Francis' Universal prayer intention for August is: 

Families, Schools of Human Growth

That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly "schools of true human growth"

Reflect further on the Pope's Prayer Intention for August and unite yourself with the Pope's Prayer Network 
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