As we come together to celebrate that moment when the Word became flesh, we remember that our Lord continues to dwell among us today, in all our lived experiences. He is present in those we know and love, as well as in the strangers we encounter along our journey.
We are concluding a significant year for the Society of Jesus, in which the Holy Father has given a special mission to the Society and our partners in the form of Universal Apostolic Preferences. As you know, our mission has been long dedicated to spreading the Gospel, reaching out to those on the margins, and educating men and women for others. Given the specific contemporary challenges and issues facing our world, these Preferences are intended to focus our life and mission over the next ten years.
Receiving these Preferences from Pope Francis, Father General Arturo Sosa, S.J., promulgated them for the whole Society of Jesus, and they are:
These new preferences invite all of us to recognize anew where God is dwelling among us—in the search for God; among those who are seemingly forgotten by this world; in our young people seeking hope for the future; and of course, in one of God’s greatest gifts to us—this beautiful home we call earth.
Together as collaborators in the implementation of these preferences, we strive to grow in holiness and thereby engage more fruitfully in our worldwide mission of reconciliation and justice. We are deeply consoled by and grateful for your partnership and support.
We thank God for you, and with you, we recognize and reverence Jesus dwelling among us.
Jan. 8, 2020 - Fr. Jeffrey P. Baerwald, SJ, died Fri., Jan. 3, 2020, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. He was born on May 7, 1957, in St. Paul, Minn., entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 20, 1983 in Syracuse, N.Y., and was ordained June 10, 1989 at Fordham University. He pronounced his final vows at Santa Clara University on Feb. 23, 2008.
Dec. 26, 2019 - Fr. Daniel J. Lusch, SJ, died peacefully on December 20, 2019, around 6:40 PM at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, in Burlington, Mass. He was 86 years old. May he now be welcomed into eternal life.
Dec. 26, 2019 - Fr. Thomas V. O’Connor, SJ, was called to eternal life on Dec. 23, 2019. He was born on May 6, 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y., entered the Society of Jesus on September 7, 1950, and was ordained on June 20, 1963. He pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1966.
Nov. 25, 2019 - Fr. Daniel J. Sullivan, SJ, was called to eternal life on Nov. 22, 2019. He was born on April 22, 1928, in Queens, N.Y., entered the Society of Jesus on August 14, 1950, and was ordained on July 26, 1961, in Innsbruck, Austria. He pronounced his final vows on Feb. 2, 1979 at Fordham University.
Nov. 4, 2019 - Fr. G. Simon Harak, SJ, died peacefully on Sun., Nov. 3, 2019. Fr. Harak was born on April 15, 1948, and entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 5, 1970. He was later ordained on June 9, 1979, in the Chapel of St. Joseph at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He pronounced his final vows on April 14, 1991.
October 31, 2019 - Fr. William L. Mulligan, SJ, died peacefully on Oct. 29, 2019. Fr. Mulligan was born on April 17, 1933, and entered the Society of Jesus on August 14, 1953. He was later ordained on June 12, 1965 at Weston College, Weston, Mass. He pronounced his final vows at the Immaculate Conception Church in Boston, Mass., on January 6, 1990.