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Jesuit Ready to Lead as Next President of the University of Scranton

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Jesuit Father Kevin Quinn, recently named the next president of the University of Scranton, takes great pride in Jesuit education, which he said is motivated in the gospel messages of Jesus Christ through engaged, integrated and global means.

“It’s my contemporary spin on a tradition that’s 500 years old,” he said.

Fr. Quinn said he expects to find a balance between respecting Catholic beliefs and the need for intellectual exploration when it comes to hosting events and speakers at the university who may not share the same Catholic values.

One of his roles in his current position as executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University is to promote a Jesuit vision within the school’s faculty and staff. He said he plans to address the problem of the declining number of Jesuits and Catholic priests, especially on campus.

“The key is for our traditions to be carried on by our lay colleagues,” Quinn said, who succeeds Jesuit Father Scott Pilarz as president in July 2011.

Read more about Quinn in an article from the Scranton Times Tribune.

Jesuit Apostolates Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Six Jesuits Murdered in El Salvador

Martin_BaroOn Nov. 16, 1989, six Jesuits, along with a housekeeper and her daughter, were killed by members of the El Salvadoran military at the University of Central America Pastoral Center in San Salvador. The Jesuits had been labeled subversives by the Salvadoran government for speaking out against its oppressive socioeconomic structure.

To mark the 20th anniversary of their murders, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 761, “Remembering and commemorating the lives and work of (the Jesuit Fathers, their housekeeper and her daughter) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their deaths at the University of Central America Jose Simeon Canas in San Salvador, El Salvador.” The resolution was sponsored by Rep. James McGovern (D) of Massachusetts.

Killed in the attack were Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J., 59; Amando Lopez, S.J., 53; Joaquin Lopez y Lopez, S.J., 71; Ignacio Martín-Baró, S.J., 50; Juan Ramon Moreno, S.J., 56; Segundo Montes, S.J., 56; Julia Elba Ramos, 42, the housekeeper of the Jesuit residence, and her daughter Cecilia Ramos, 15.

In remembrance of those who lost their lives, various Jesuit apostolates, including colleges, universities and parishes, are commemorating November 16th, 2009 with memorials, Masses and religious services. A list of institutions participating appear below with events listed if available. Please check back regularly as this list is ever growing.

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