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Deepen Your Lenten Reflection with With the Lenten season upon us, we invite you to deepen your practice and reflection with, our new prayer site, eNewsletter, and App. Since Ash Wednesday, has featured daily thought-provoking reflections from nine contributing Jesuit and lay authors. Visit the site or use the App to submit intentions and prayer requests. We invite you to rate the App and share with friends and family. Be assured that the Jesuits are praying for you during this Lenten season.

Jesuit Frs. Peter Etzel, Ed Witt, and Dave Matzko, Celebrate Canonization of First Native American Saint in Rome

By the Numbers 164

children enrolled in the kindergarten class opened by the Jesuits in Bahir Dar in northwest Ethiopia in 2012


years since Jesuits arrived in Peru


hours needed to travel to reach cell phone range from Palizi, the Jesuit’s first school in Arunachal Pradesh, India


average age of Kohima Jesuits


parishioners within a four-square-mile area of the Jesuit parish of Virgen de Nazaret in Lima, Peru

35,000,000 population of northeast India


refugees served by the Jesuit Refugee Service in Kakuma, Kenya


In October, Frs. Etzel, Witt, and Matzko of the Kino Jesuit Community in South Dakota traveled to Rome for the canonization of St. Kateri Tekawitha, the first Native American saint. All three Jesuits have served Native American ministries for many years in parishes, retreat centers, and schools including the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Father Patrick Kelly, SJ, Explores Catholics and Sports in New Book In his new book, Catholic Perspectives on Sports: From Medieval to Modern Times, Fr. Patrick Kelly, SJ, gives readers a provocative look at how Catholics have engaged in play and sports through the ages, and how this engagement has been related to theological and spiritual sensibilities. Father Kelly recounts how the humanists and early Jesuits played an important role in introducing games and sports as part of the school day in the Western world. Available at

Steve Specht, St. Xavier High School Football Coach, Receives Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award On February 1, St. Xavier High School football coach Steve Specht was honored with the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. Created in 2010 to honor exemplary coaches who display integrity, achievement, and leadership, the winner receives $10,000 and another $15,000 for his football program. “People need to realize what great things he is doing,” explained Greg Scruggs, a 2008 St. Xavier graduate who nominated Coach Specht. “I think because St. X is a private school it overshadows the fact that young men still need positive role models, and that’s what Coach Specht is, a role model.”

Kohima Region Jesuit, Anand Pereira, Earns PhD from Creighton University Anand Pereira, SJ, from the Kohima Region of northeast India, successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD from Creighton University. Father Pereira recently returned to the Kohima Region to manage the self-help groups that foster the “co-operative” style of economics to improve living conditions and educational opportunities. He will work to support economic initiatives between northeast India and Jesuit Partners in the US.

Profile for USA Midwest Province Jesuits

Partners Spring 2013  

Partners is a publication of the Chicago-Detroit Midwest Jesuits

Partners Spring 2013  

Partners is a publication of the Chicago-Detroit Midwest Jesuits