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Jesuit USA Newsletter

August 02, 2005

New Campaign Seeks Justice for Immigrants

The Jesuit Conference, together with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and sixteen other organizations, recently launched The Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform: "Justice for Immigrants: A Journey of Hope."

The campaign seeks to protect the human rights and dignity of the more than 34 million foreign-born persons residing in the United States. These newcomers are changing the face of the Church, with as many as 300,000 Catholics arriving each year from all regions of the world. The goals of the campaign are to: 1) educate the public about immigration in light of Catholic social teaching; 2) build a political base for comprehensive immigration reform; 3) enact legislation and administrative reform; and 4) organize networks to assist immigrants in attaining benefits created by the reforms. For more information, visit the campaign web site at [Source: Electronic Maryland Province News]


Korea to Become a Province

At the end of August, Father General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach will travel to Korea to celebrate 50 years of Jesuit presence in modern times. Prior to his trip, he will sign a decree by which the Independent Region of Korea will become a full-fledged province.

On February 25, 1955, Father General Janssens established the Mission of Korea and entrusted it to the Wisconsin province; thirty years later, Father General Kolvenbach changed its status to Independent Region. Now Korea will becomes the 82nd Province of the Society of Jesus. As of January 1, 2005, there were 136 Jesuits in Korea. [Source: SJ Electronic Information Service]


International Students Benefit From English Language Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University

Forty-one individuals from 14 different countries around the globe are coming together at Wheeling Jesuit University this summer to learn English and experience American culture.

The initiative is part of Wheeling Jesuit University's English Language Institute (ELI), an intensive language program for students from non-English speaking nations who want to learn English as a second language. Established in 1981, it is designed to give students the knowledge of the language necessary for travel, professional, or occupational communication. Many then go to higher education institutions in the United States.

The participants divide their time between studying grammar and vocabulary in the classroom, and taking part in social activities to practice their language skills, including trips to local coffee shops, Washington, DC, and Niagara Falls.

According to Eileen Viglietta, director of ELI, enrollment is based on word-of-mouth.

Octavie Nkama, a student from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said her cousin, a former ELI student, recommended the program. "I like it. I am learning many things and making new friends. We are learning about each other," she said. After completing the summer program, Nkama will enter Wheeling Jesuit as a freshman in the fall to study international business.

Other countries represented this summer at the ELI are Japan, Korea, Uzbekistan, Spain, Columbia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Turkey, and Gambia. Because of this diversity, English is the common language that must be used at all times. This intensive approach to learning has proved successful for the ELI, with many students going on to graduate from college with honors.

The ELI program runs year-round, with the greatest concentration of students arriving during the summer months. In the past, participants have ranged in age from six to seventy-five. [Source: Wheeling Jesuit University]

Kinerk in front of Wall

Rockhurst Dedicates Display of Jesuit History

Rockhurst University President Fr Edward Kinerk SJ recently hosted a dedication ceremony for a new wall display that highlights notable Jesuits throughout history. Fr Kinerk helped familiarize guests with the accomplishments of Walter Ong—-a Rockhurst alumnus and world renowned scholar. The display fills the north wall in the newly christened Finucane Jesuit Center, which is in the lower level of the university's library. [Source: Rockhurst University, photo by Roy Inman]


Social Entrepreneurs Attend "Business Boot Camp" at Santa Clara University

Fifteen grass roots innovators from around the globe are at Santa Clara University for a "business boot camp." Their mission: To emerge with a cohesive business plan that will bring their ventures to resource-strapped regions of the world.

On July 31, entrepreneurs and technology innovators began a two-week program that allows them to network with Silicon Valley foundations, technologists, and business executives.

The program is aimed at helping successful technology innovators to scale up their endeavors and achieve sustainability. Sponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society (in collaboration with SCU's Leavey School of Business) the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) supports the work of innovators and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated their commitment to applying technology to address urgent human needs throughout the world.

The ventures range from tech training in Guatemala and Cameroon; to micro-loan corporations in rural Paraguay and frost-damage solutions for fruit growers in Uruguay; to low-cost day care in Bangladesh.

Begun in 2003, the camp recruits award-winning innovators from around the globe and arms them with business strategies to help them develop business models that are more likely to attract funding and achieve long-term success.

Participants develop know-how in the areas of marketing, finance, business planning, and organizational capacity building. The incubator combines classroom instruction, case studies, and best practices with mentoring on the sustainability challenges of each participating organization.

"The entrepreneurial spirit and rapid development of technology that characterizes the best of Silicon Valley is propagated through this program," said Jim Koch, management professor and executive director of the GSBI at SCU. "The incubator brings together grass roots innovators and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs with university faculty to support technology applications that serve the common good all over the world." [Source: Santa Clara University]


Zambia Launches Four New Stamps in Honor of Jesuits

The Zambia Postal Services Corporation has launched four new stamps to mark the centenary of the Jesuits' presence in Zambia.

One stamp pictures Ignatius, while another depicts Fr Joseph Moreu, a French Jesuit who in 1905 established Chikuni Mission in the Southern Province of Zambia. The third pictures Fr Jules Torrend, who accompanied Fr Moreau to Chikuni and then established Kasisi Mission near the present-day Lusaka International Airport. The fourth stamp pictures the late Bishop Paul Lungu who joined the Jesuits in 1969. [Source:]

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Third SLUH Student Achieves Top Score on ACT Exam

Andrew Schroeder has become the third student at St Louis University High School (SLUH) to achieve the top score on the ACT® exam within the past year. Schroeder, an incoming senior, earned the top score of 36 on the ACT exam in June 2005, following graduating senior Paul Barker's and incoming senior Joel Westwood's similar accomplishments during the September 2004 and February 2005 tests, respectively.

During the last school year, only 230 students in the nation attained the top score on the ACT, out of more than 2.1 million tests administered--fewer than one one-hundredth of a percent (0.01%) of students score a 36. [Source: St Louis University High School]


The Pope and Harry Potter

Australian Jesuit Michael Kelly explained that letters written by Cardinal Ratzinger in 2003 about the Harry Potter phenomenon are his personal views and do not represent an authoritative Church position.

In 2003, the then Cardinal Ratzinger wrote to a German academic remarking on the way in which children's thinking about faith can be distorted. He praised the academic for his efforts to enlighten people about Harry Potter. These remarks have recently been represented as a Papal condemnation of the Harry Potter books.

Fr Kelly, CEO of Church Resources (, said that the pope's remarks were not made in his new capacity as pope. "It does not represent the Catholic view," Fr Kelly said. "He was writing as a private individual."

Fr Kelly suggested that the resurrection of the old letters was a publicity stunt for the recent release of the sixth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. [Source: Australian Jesuits, ]


On the Web

French Poster of Jubilee

Jubilee 2006

Next year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Ignatius and the 500th anniversary of the births of Francis Xavier and Peter Faber. These three visionaries formed the nucleus of the new Society of Jesus when, as students in Paris, they took vows on Montmartre. Special events are being planned around the world as part of this celebration, and information can be found at

Looking Deep into the Earth

Boston College's Weston Observatory is marking its 75th year of seismic recording at its current location, and Boston College scientists are offering a range of ways for the public to learn about about their work. Read more about the observatory at;=text


News Briefs

Jesuit to Publish Revised Ho-English Dictionary

Fr John Deeney SJ has just revised and enlarged a second edition of his Ho-English dictionary, which he first published in 1978. The Ho language belongs to the Austroasiatic language family, which comprises languages spoken in Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, Burma, and parts of India. Almost all of the Ho speakers in India live within the areas of Singhbhum and Orissa, which are in the Jesuit Jamshedpur Province. Approximately 25,000 of those are Catholic. The Jesuits in India have developed a full liturgy for Mass and the sacraments in the Ho language. Fr Deeney's new dictionary has more than 400 pages with over 12,000 entries.

World Youth Day

More than one million people are expected to participate in the World Youth Day (WYD) in Cologne, Germany, from August 16 to 21. Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will be present. The Jesuits will host their MAGIS program prior to WYD; details of the program are available at

Toward the Jubilee

To commemorate the anniversaries of Ignatius, Xavier, and Faber, Fr Gualberto Giachi SJ has written a memoria lirica (mystery play) in three acts and twelve scenes. The first act evokes the figure of Ignatius; the second is centered around Xavier; and the third is dedicated to the relationship among the three. Fr Giachi offers the original to anyone interested in staging it or translating it into other languages. Via degli Astalli 16, 00186, Rome. Fax: +39-06-697-00319. [Source: Electronic Maryland Province News, SJ Electronic Information Service]


Remembrance of Things Past


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