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August 9, 2016 — Jesuits are always making news, and here’s the latest roundup of recent awards and appointments from Jesuits around Canada and the U.S.

Jesuit Father Randall Gibbens recently began his post as the coordinator for vocation promotion for the USA Central and Southern Province.

He previously served at Parroquia Santiago in Yoro, Honduras. Fr. Gibbens succeeds Jesuit Father Drew Kirschman, who had served as vocation promoter since 2012.

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Jesuit Father Gerald T. Krettek has been named vice president for mission and ministry at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He previously served at Marquette from 2000 to 2005 as an associate professor of philosophy.

Fr. Krettek most recently held the position as director of the Master of Arts in Philosophical Resources program at Fordham University; from 2005 to 2011 he served as provincial for the Wisconsin Province Jesuits.

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Jesuit Father David McCallum has been named to the newly created role of vice president for mission integration and development at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. He will act as a liaison between the enrollment team and Jesuit and Catholic prep schools in metropolitan New York and western New York.

He had previously served as special assistant to the president for mission integration and development at Le Moyne.

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Jesuit Father Gerard J. McGlone, director of counseling at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and Fernando Ortiz, Gonzaga University’s director of counseling, received the Association of Catholic Publishers’ 2016 “Book of the Year” award.

Their book “To Be One in Christ: Intercultural Formation and Ministry” from Liturgical Press investigates issues, answers questions and provides insights on the increasing multicultural settings and programs affecting seminary and religious formation.

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Jesuit Fathers Erik Oland (right) and Dennis Smolarski (below) were appointed vice president and president, respectively, of the International Jungmann Society for Jesuits and the Liturgy.

They assumed their new roles at the conclusion of the Society’s sixth congress, which took place in Dublin, Ireland, this past June. Fr. Smolarski is a professor at Santa Clara University, and Fr. Oland is the director of novices in Canada.

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Jesuit Father Thomas Slon has been appointed rector of the Canisius College Jesuit Community in Buffalo, New York, by Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

In his new role, Fr. Slon will foster the spiritual well-being of the community and its members, ensure the efficient operation of the Jesuit community and assist the directors of the apostolic works where the Jesuits of the community minister. He most recently served as socius of the Northeast Province Jesuits.

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Jesuit Father Jeremy Zipple, executive editor of America Films, was chosen as a 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar for his work, accomplishments and ability to transform ideas into action.

Fr. Zipple is one of 300 scholars chosen from the United States and 30 different countries to attend the festival, where leaders from around the world gather to engage in discussions about the ideas and issues that influence contemporary society.

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Recent News

January 12, 2018 — Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School has selected Fr. William Verbryke, SJ, as its 12th president.

January 10, 2018 — Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, the Jesuit secondary school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has appointed Fr. Timothy A. Howe, SJ, to serve as the school’s next president.

January 8, 2018 — Jesuit Father Anthony J. Corcoran was installed as apostolic administrator of Kyrgyzstan on Dec. 17.

January 5, 2018 — Brendan Coffey, SJ, a Jesuit in formation, is featured in a news report on vocations in the Catholic Church.

January 3, 2018 — Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D., has been named as the 25th president of John Carroll University.

January 1, 2018 — In the early days of 2017, the newly elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa, SJ, helped set the stage for a year that will be very much remembered for the Jesuits’ care for people at the margins.

January 1, 2018 — As the new year begins, Jesuits.org invites you to reflect on 2017 with this Ignatian Annual Examen courtesy of Xavier University’s Jesuitresource.org.

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