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July 2, 2015 – After serving in parishes, high schools and a retreat house, Fr. Paul Sullivan, SJ, began service as the new pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Portland, Maine, on July 1, 2015. "I look forward to bringing all of my experiences to my service at the parish,” said Fr. Sullivan. “I expect these will be interesting and exciting times in Portland."

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July 1, 2015 – On June 12, 2015, the day on which the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces gathered together to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, six Jesuits from the provinces pronounced Final Vows at the Fordham University Church.

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June 30, 2015 – Pope Francis’s itinerary for his September 2015 visit to the United States has been released. This visit will be Pope Francis’ first trip to the United States.

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June 22, 2015 – The board of trustees of St. Aloysius School in Harlem has announced the appointment of Mary Claire Ryan as the school's next president. The USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus has also named Ms. Ryan as director of the work, responsible for its Catholic and Jesuit mission.

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June 18, 2015 – On June 13, Jesuits Dennis Baker, Brent Otto, John Peck, and Sean Toole were ordained to the priesthood at the Fordham University Church.

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June 15, 2015 – On June 12, Fr. Brent Otto, SJ, was ordained a Jesuit priest at the Fordham University Church. Read more about his vocation and what drew him to the Society of Jesus.

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June 5, 2015 – The State of Yap passed a resolution expressing the people's appreciation of Fr. Michael Corcoran, SJ, Fr. John Mulreany, SJ, and Mr. Patrick Nolan, SJ, for their hard work as educators and mentors at Yap Catholic High School (YCHS).

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June 5, 2015 – Far beyond the Jesuit world, even beyond the Catholic world, people concerned with the future of life on earth and the care for God’s creation are anxiously anticipating the June 18th release of Pope Francis’s papal encyclical on ecology and human development.

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June 1, 2015 – Fr. John Cecero, SJ, recently attended a colloquium for new Jesuit provincials at the General Curia in Rome. It was an opportunity to study and reflect on the community and apostolic commitments of provincials, collaborate with Father General Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, and view artifacts that belonged to St. Ignatius.

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May 28, 2015 – Nativity School of Worcester and Nativity Preparatory School in Boston are two Jesuit middle schools that are giving students in need access to more than just a quality education - they’re providing lessons that stay with young people for a lifetime.

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May 27, 2015 – Fr. Kevin Odey, SJ, is a Jesuit from the Northwest Africa Province who, after two years of hard work, has graduated from Fordham University with an MBA. Read today's interview with Fr. Odey, who speaks about his life in the Society, the hospitality of the Jesuits who hosted him, and how he plans to use what he has learned to help his home province.

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May 20, 2015 – For nearly 500 years, the Society of Jesus has been educating those in search of knowledge and helping sculpt them into being men and women for others. View a directory of the colleges and universities throughout our Northeast Province, and learn how they are celebrating their new graduates this year.

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May 18, 2015 — On May 23, Pope Francis will beatify Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was shot and killed March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass in a hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador, during the country's civil war.

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May 19, 2015 – Throughout the history of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit brothers have filled a variety of positions with a kind of fluidity which has been essential as their roles have changed over the years. They are worldly and go where the need is greatest, deeply rooted in the spirituality established by St. Ignatius Loyola.

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May 14, 2015 – Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, a middle school which works to provide an exceptional education for students living in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, recently held another successful fundraiser.

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May 13, 2015 – Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, former provincial of the New England Province, has been named the assistant to the provincial for senior Jesuits for the USA Northeast Province.

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May 1, 2015– On April 30, Fr. Joseph Dolan, SJ, the oldest Jesuit in the USA Northeast Province died in Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx at age 98. Even well into his 90s, Fr. Dolan would continue to visit parishes to celebrate Masses until his age prevented him from traveling. More on his life and service here.

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April 30, 2015 – Fr. Gregory Sharkey, SJ, a Jesuit of the USA Northeast Province, spent many years in Nepal. As professor at Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies, Fr. Sharkey is witnessing the aftermath of this week's devastating earthquake and the ensuing relief efforts.

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April 29, 2015 — A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 killed more than 4,300 people and destroyed centuries-old temples and thousands of homes. The Midwest Jesuits, who share a special relationship with the Jesuits of Nepal, are receiving donations to provide relief and assistance.

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April 23, 2015 – Fr. David S. Ciancimino, SJ, was named Canisius High School's 35th president. The Canisius High School Board of Trustees and the Jesuit Board of Members unanimously approved his appointment, and he will begin his duties as president at the 145-year-old institution June 1, 2015.

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April 22, 2015 – Forty years ago at Wheeling Jesuit University, Bishops and concerned Catholic community members gathered on campus to formally announce the release of “This Land is Home to Me: A Pastoral Letter on Powerlessness in Appalachia." The document has had a tremendous impact on the direction of Jesuit ministries in Appalachia.

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H.E. Asterio R. Takesy, Federated States of Micronesia ambassador to the U.S. (a 1963 graduate of Xavier High School in Chuuk), is serving as honorary chairman for Xavier's typhoon relief efforts. Read a relief update and view the official solicitation letter emphasizing the urgent need for additional support.

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April 20, 2015 – Members of three New York City based Jesuit institutions met with the legislative staffs of state senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer to advocate for several pressing faith-justice issues. Students from Xavier High School joined parishioners from the Church of St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius Loyola Parish to meet with the senators and voice their concerns over environmental justice, human trafficking, immigration reform, and supplemental nutrition programs.

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April 17, 2015 – In addition to attending class four days a week, Cristo Rey New York High School senior Carlos Belmont works one day at the Rockefeller Foundation as part of his school’s work-study program; Dan Dixon, SJ, profiled Carlos to see what life is like for a business savvy 17-year-old aspiring coder.

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April 16, 2015 – Two Catholic leaders from New York City will be part of Le Moyne College’s 65th commencement celebration, where they will receive honorary degrees. They are Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, who will present the commencement address, and Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ, the former provincial of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus.

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