Churchwomen of El Salvador

Today Marks the 31st Anniversary of the Loss of Four Courageous Women

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the loss of four courageous women – Sr. Maura Clarke M.M., Jean Donovan, Sr. Ita Ford, M.M., and Sr. Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U. who were murdered in El Salvador on December 2, 1980, while serving as missionaries during a very tumultuous period in the history of the Americas.
Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador
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"Have the Courage to find your Jackpot Vocation"

Think about it. I challenge you to have the courage to find something that you would do even if you won the jackpot. Have the courage to see the face of God in the people you work with. I would be willing to bet that this thing is what God is calling you to do. Canisius offers us so many opportunities to learn about the world and find our calling from God. Have the courage to learn, experience, live. Have the courage to find your “jackpot vocation.”

“Crossing the River: West of the Rockies”

I was blessed with the opportunity to spend three days last week at the California and Oregon Province Social Ministry Gathering at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, California. The program convened staff at Jesuit parishes, universities, high schools, social ministries, and related projects together for a collective discussion on the theme “Crossing the River: Spirituality and Healing in Social Ministries”. The group was not only diverse in the ways they minister but the people they work with, including those ministering to Native Americans, people in prison, individuals trying to escape gang life, and immigrants, to name a few.