Jesuits

State-of-the-art for history

Madeline McDermott, associate archivist for collection management at the Jesuit Archives, pulled an unsorted box from the archives on April 2. The Jesuit Archives and Research Center holds collections for researchers from around the world.

To say the new Jesuit Archives and Research Center has "room to grow" would be an understatement ... make that, a vast understatement.

Consider that its new headquarters is more than six times larger than its old space. The archives now have 32,000-square feet of climate-controlled storage space, whereas they used to be crammed into about 5,000-square feet at the provincial offices in the Central West End.

Also, its storage area has room enough for 51,000 letter-size boxes, whereas only 6,000 boxes are needed for the entire current collection of artifacts, documents and books.

Jesuits denounce threats against outspoken Honduran priest, activists

MEXICO CITY — The Society of Jesus has denounced threats made against an outspoken Honduran Jesuit who has highlighted accusations of widespread irregularities in the Central American country's recent presidential election.

Young Jesuits embody missionary zeal at SLUH, De Smet

Chris Farrell, SJ, a teacher at De Smet Jesuit supervises weightlifting after school and teaches the boys hows to train and use proper form.

While the Society of Jesus celebrates 200 years of education at St. Louis University High School, two of the order's best and brightest are at SLUH and De Smet Jesuit High School serving as teachers, mentors and role models.

And regular guys, too.

At De Smet, Chris Farrell, SJ, 30, teaches English and supervises the weight room as the school's resident power lifter. Farrell, who is in formation to be a priest, works with athletes using the weight room to build body mass, agility and strength, or students just working out.

Old, new frontiers cited at SLU bicentennial Mass

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Talking together before Mass, cross bearer, Sean Barry, SJ was joined by Kathryn Jabek, Emily Borgemenke, Katrina Ludwig and Sarah Plunkett.
Saint Louis University marked its bicentennial by celebrating the first Mass under the St. Louis Gateway Arch.  Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the main celebrant for the gathering of over 5,500 people along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Frontiers were the focus as St. Louis University kicked off the celebration of its bicentennial Sept. 23 with the first Mass ever under the Gateway Arch along the Mississippi riverfront.

With prayer, Catholics in Puerto Rico deal with Hurricane Maria's wrath

Rescue workers prayed before walking out from the Emergency Operation Center in Guayama, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria hit Sept. 20. The hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico, bringing "catastrophic" 155 mph winds and dangerous storm surges, after battering the Virgin Islands.

WASHINGTON -- Authorities say it may take months for electricity to fully return to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island and its infrastructure as it made landfall Sept. 20.

When the hurricane hit the island with winds of up to 155 miles per hour, it tore out cables, roofs from homes and buildings, uprooted palm trees and even bent a cross anchored to a cement post at the entrance of a Jesuit school.

Veterans retreat focused on God’s light in the darkness

In Jesuit Father James Conroy, the White House Jesuit Retreat in south St. Louis County has perhaps the perfect leader for its annual veterans retreat — Friday, June 30, to Sunday, July 2, just before Independence Day.

Being a Jesuit priest at a Jesuit retreat center certainly qualifies in the spiritual aspect, but Father Conroy also fulfills the temporal nature of the retreat, connecting him quickly with men and women who have served their country.

He's a veteran himself, of the Vietnam War.

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