Jan. 11, 2017 - Next year, the Jesuit-educated Astronaut Jeanette Epps will make history by being the first African American to live and work aboard the International Space Station. Epps will leave the Earth's atmosphere in May 2018 and stay aboard the space station for six months.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Epps attended the Jesuit school, Le Moyne College and majored in physics. She would go on to earn her doctorate at the University of Maryland and eventually work at Ford Motor Company. While at Ford, she worked as a technical specialist in the Scientific Research Laboratory where among other things she studied the effects of vibrations on cars. Her work resulted in several shared patents. Epps joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2002 and worked their until she was selected out of more than 3,500 applicants, to be one of 14 members of NASA's 2009 astronaut class.
In 2016, Epps returned to Le Moyne as the commencement speaker. “Jeanette embodies so many of the attributes of a Le Moyne graduate -- she's incredibly smart, successful, innovative and courageous," said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura about last year's commencement speaker.
March 6, 2018 - Fr. James W. O’Neil, SJ, was called to eternal life at the age of 96 on March, 3 2018. Fr. O’Neil was born on April 12, 1921, and entered the Society of Jesus on Dec. 2, 1947. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1957, and pronounced his Final Vows on June 2, 1989. He was the oldest member of the province.
March 5, 2018 - In his March prayer video, Pope Francis spoke on his intention of spiritual discernment. “Every Christian ought to grow in the ability to ‘read within’ his or her life, and to understand where and to what he or she is being called by the Lord, in order to carry on his mission,” said Pope Francis.
Feb. 28, 2018 - Fr. Donald J. Keefe, SJ, was called to eternal life on Feb. 27, 2018, at Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, N.Y. He was born on July 14, 1924, entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 1953, and was ordained on June 20, 1962, at Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y. He pronounced his final vows on Feb. 2, 1971.