Worldwide Society of Jesus to Observe an Ignatian Year in Honor of the Conversion of St. Ignatius Loyola
May 20, 2021 begins the Society of Jesus and the Ignatian family’s worldwide celebration of the Ignatian Year. On that date 500 years ago, Ignatius Loyola was wounded by a cannonball while defending Pamplona.
Planning for Pandemic: Public Health Expert Fr. Michael Rozier, SJ, Was Prepared for the Unthinkable
It’s safe to say that before the last quarter of 2019, the circle of people who had given significant thought to pandemics was relatively small. Father Michael Rozier, SJ, was among that group. So, when SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) – commonly called COVID-19 – was declared a pandemic – Fr. Rozier was in demand.
Passing of a Former Missionary Signals End of an Era
An important moment in Jesuit history quietly came to an end on March 9 when Fr. Lloyd Anthony Lorio, SJ, died in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. He was 93 years old, a Jesuit for 77 years and a priest for 64 years. He was the last surviving Jesuit missionary of the New Orleans Province who joined the Trincomalee-Batticaloa Mission, which later became the Province of Sri Lanka.
Fr. Norman O’Neal, SJ, Longtime Educator and Chaplain at Jesuit High School, Dies in Louisiana
Father Norman B. O’Neal, SJ, beloved by generations of students at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, died June 20, 2021, in Grand Coteau, La. He was 95 years old, a Jesuit for 73 years and a priest for 62 years.
Fr. Edward Flaherty, WWII veteran, Finally Receives his Medals
Father Ed Flaherty, 102, was honored for his military service on June 18 at Xavier Jesuit Center in Denver. United States Representative Ed Perlmutter presented Fr. Flaherty with six medals and a special lapel pin commemorating his World War II service.
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