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In Gratitude for Sara Noreña

By Fr. James Caime Sara Noreña was born and raised in Kansas City but was baptized at San Francisco de Assisi parish near her mother’s family home, a town near Mexico City. Her mother, Lupe, and her Aunt Amalia made sure Sara knew her family in Mexico – including her grandmother, her cousin and her …

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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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Reynold D’Souza: Forming the Mind, Body and Soul of Strake Jesuit Students

By Jerry Duggan As service coordinator, a math teacher and an assistant soccer coach at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston, Reynold D’Souza is invested in forming the mind, body and soul of his students.   He is willing to juggle so many responsibilities within the school community because of the great joy Jesuit schools …

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Julia Vargas Helps Rockhurst University Community Live Out “The Faith That Does Justice”

By Jerry Duggan When Julia Vargas interviewed for the position of director of service learning at Rockhurst University in 2008, she wasn’t too familiar with Jesuit education. Still, she had done some research; she saw a commitment to doing justice, emphasis on faith and desire to work with the marginalized. All those things, she told …

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On 40th Anniversary of JRS, Fr. Kevin Cullen, SJ, Reflects on His Experience

By Jerry Duggan Jesuit Refugee Service has been helping people across the globe for four decades, providing the forcibly displaced with humanitarian aid and moral support. Founded by then-Superior General Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, JRS seeks to “accompany, serve and advocate the cause of forcibly displaced people, that they may heal, learn and determine their …

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