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Deacon Carmelo Rivera Martinez Finds Fulfillment in His Service to San Ignacio

By Fr. Ronald Gonzales, SJ Deacon Carmelo Rivera Martinez has been serving the Parroquia San Ignacio community in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for more than 60 years. Starting at age 24, Deacon Carmelo – as he is known throughout the island – worked for the Jesuit community at San Ignacio serving food. Realizing the fulfillment …

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Christine Dragonette Promotes Love in Action at St. Francis Xavier College Church

By Ignatius Plato Social justice is central to the Society of Jesus’ way of proceeding. Christine Dragonette, the director of social ministry at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis, shares fully in this mission, basing all she does in love of her neighbors. Dragonette has served in social ministry at the parish for …

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In Gratitude for Jim & Nancy Bell

Jim and Nancy Bell joined St. Francis Xavier Parish (SFX) in Kansas City, Mo., in 2008 after being invited by friends to visit. They were drawn to the welcoming and diverse community with its emphasis on social justice. Together, they volunteer in the food pantry and are members of the SFXcellent Walkers and Runners who raise money …

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Jesuits Magazine – Winter 2023

The Winter 2023 issue of Jesuits magazine features members of the province in atypical ministries, including Fr. David Romero, SJ, who promotes the protection of the Amazon; Fr. Jonathan Harmon, SJ, who is training for a ministry in the Arts, and Fathers Thomas Croteau, SJ, and David Kiblinger, SJ, who are serving the underserved Church …

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Living Synodality in Belize

By William Manaker, SJ I arrived in Belize for a month-long immersion experience in the Mayan villages of the Toledo District with only minimal background information. I would be working with several brother Jesuits to facilitate retreats for village catechists. We’d be collaborating with a committee of indigenous Mayan leaders. Mayans in Belize speak two …

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