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Jesuit Father Bruce Morrill Discusses New Book on Liturgical Theology

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Jesuit Father Bruce Morrill’s, Associate Professor in the Department of Theology at Boston College, recent book Divine Worship and Human Healing turns to the rites serving the sick, dying, deceased and grieving to show why sacramental liturgy is so fundamental to the life of faith. Readers will appreciate both his compelling narratives from actual pastoral experience and his engagement with biblical, theological, historical and social-scientific resources. Fr. Morrill invites readers to discover how the liturgical ministry of healing discloses God’s merciful love amid communities of faith.

Go to Boston College’s website to read sample pages from Morrill’s book or to watch a long video with the author. The book is available via Amazon.com.

Below is a short interview with Morill on his new book:

Jesuit Father Bruce Morrill Discusses New Book on Liturgical Theology

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Jesuit Father Bruce Morrill’s, Associate Professor in the Department of Theology at Boston College, recent book Divine Worship and Human Healing turns to the rites serving the sick, dying, deceased and grieving to show why sacramental liturgy is so fundamental to the life of faith. Readers will appreciate both his compelling narratives from actual pastoral experience and his engagement with biblical, theological, historical and social-scientific resources. Fr. Morrill invites readers to discover how the liturgical ministry of healing discloses God’s merciful love amid communities of faith.

Go to Boston College’s website to read sample pages from Morrill’s book or to watch a long video with the author. The book is available via Amazon.com.

Below is a short interview with Morill on his new book:

First Midwest Tri-Province Days for Jesuits a Success

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The more than 440 Jesuits who attended the first Midwest Tri-Province Days of the Chicago, Detroit and Wisconsin provinces deemed the event a success for getting to know each other and for sharing thoughts and goals for the future. The gathering was hosted on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee, Wis. on June 11 and 12 and reflected the future reconfiguration of the three provinces which will eventually result in one combined province for the entire Great Lakes/Midwestern region of the Society of Jesus.

Jesuit Father Tom Smolich, president of the Jesuit Conference of the United States, opened Friday’s session with a vibrant address reminding the Jesuits that the future of the combined three provinces was a response to “the call of Christ” and not a business or administrative decision. Men of the three provinces then had two small-group discussions. The first session gathered men from all three provinces in groups by their entry to the Society of Jesus. The second small-group session grouped the men by their ministry in order to share ideas.

“All of us who gathered at Province Days enjoyed a wonderful and encouraging experience,” said Jesuit Father Tom Krettek, provincial for the Wisconsin province of the Society of Jesus. “I believe the days have created the foundation for future cooperation.”

“The men whom I encountered toward the end of the days said they had a very good, consoling and hope filled time,” said Jesuit Father Walter Deye, socius for the Detroit-Chicago province of the Society of Jesus. “I heard this from Chicago, Detroit and Wisconsin men.”

The Friday evening ordination had more than 200 concelebrants as six Jesuits from the Midwest were ordained by the Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich, bishop of Rapid City, S.D. The new priests are Jesuit Fathers Tom Neitzke of Port Washington, Wis., James C. Ackerman of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mark W. Luedtke of Hinsdale, Ill., Paul C. O’Connor of Cleveland, Ohio, Richard E. Ross of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Michael S. Christiana of Rochester, Minn.

Social events including golf and bowling Wednesday set the friendly tone for the official opening and Jubilarian Mass where men celebrating 50 years in the priesthood were concelebrants and each was presented with a stole to commemorate his anniversary.

Jesuit Father Carl Dehne Discusses his Calling on Jesuits Revealed

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Where does a Jesuit come from?

Why does he join the Society of Jesus?

How does he know his calling?

The Jesuit Conference of the United States has launched a new video series interviewing Jesuits from across the country discussing their vocations, their various paths to becoming a Jesuit and what it has meant to them to answer God’s call. National Jesuit News will feature a new video interview each week. You can watch additional videos by going to the Jesuits Revealed channel on YouTube.

Today’s video features Jesuit Father Carl Dehne of the Missouri province of the Society of Jesus giving his take on what a potential candidate to the Society of Jesus ought to do. Fr. Dehne suggests living an ordinary life and seeking out opportunities in everyday life to realize that God is present and there. You can hear more from Dehne in this video and also this video from the Jesuits Revealed series on YouTube.

San Francisco Examiner Interviews Jesuit President of USF

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Jesuit Father Stephen A. Privett is the 27th president of the University of San Francisco (USF). A native San Franciscan, an accomplished Catholic scholar and theologian and a gifted public speaker, Fr. Privett recently accepted an offer from the Board of Trustees for a third five-year term as USF president.

Privett was recently interviewed by the San Francisco Examiner on his experience as president of a Jesuit university. Read more at the San Francisco Examiner.