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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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September 17, 2018 — Today is the feast day of Saint Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621), a Jesuit who was one of the most important cardinals of the Catholic Reformation.

September 14, 2018 — Ever wondered how Jesuits become Jesuits? The total journey toward Jesuit priesthood or formed brotherhood can take from eight to 13 years.

September 13, 2018 — Loyola High School is celebrating its 25th anniversary educating “men for others” in Detroit.

September 11, 2018 — Twenty-six Jesuit novices in Canada and the United States professed first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience this month.

September 10, 2018 — Jesuit institutions were featured prominently on the 2019 U.S. News & World Report annual rankings of the best U.S. colleges and universities.

September 9, 2018 — Today is the feast day of Saint Peter Claver, a Jesuit missionary known as the patron saint of slaves, African missions and interracial justice.

September 5, 2018 — For most of his life, Fr. Kevin Embach, SJ, had two desires: to practice medicine and to serve God.

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