News and Notes


Former Jesuit Superior General Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., passes
Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach, former Jesuit Superior General for twenty-five years (1983-2008), passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 in Beirut, Lebanon; he was 87 and an expert in linguistics. Kolvenbach was the Jesuit leader during a tense time with the Vatican. James Martin, S.J., author and editor at large of America Magazine, writes that Kolvenbach “with a deft and diplomatic hand, he restored a sense of equilibrium between the Society and Vatican.” Kolvenbach also led “the Jesuits’ General Congregation 34, which addressed the mission of the Society of Jesus in the modern world.” Kolvenbach visited Detroit in October 2006 and gave the address “Christ in the City” at Gesu parish. He was the first Jesuit Superior General to resign. Pope Francis praised Kolvenbach’s “‘integral fidelity to Christ and His Gospel,’ which was joined to a ‘generous commitment in exercising his office with a spirit of service for the good the Church.’” Father Gerald O’Collins’ S.J., a theologian, who lived in Rome when Kolvenbach was the Jesuit leader, added that he had a quiet holiness, was a “cheerful giver” and had a sense of humor. Kolvenbach’s final mission was an assistant librarian at St. Joseph University in Beirut. See Crux article, Jesuit Midwest article, America magazine article and The Pilot article for more information on Fr. Kolvenbach's works as well as an interview with him with America magazine.

Jesuit Superior General Congregation 36 timeline of events
On Oct. 2, 215 delegates representing Jesuit provinces from around the world convened in Rome at General Congregation 36 (GC 36) and elected the new Jesuit Superior General Arturo Sosa, S.J. The general congregation is the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus. See the General Congregation timeline for more information on the event. See also an interview with Superior General Sosa as well as a reflection on the previous Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.

Manresa’s Lifetime Achievement Award Banquet, April 23
Hugh Buchanan, associate director for Manresa Jesuit Retreat House from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2015, will receive Manresa’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a banquet to be held at Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, on Saturday, April 23 celebrating Manresa’s 90th year of service in the Detroit area. Manresa’s Lifetime Achievement Award is given for exceptional service over a long period of time. During his tenure, Buchanan restored Manresa’s financial viability, initiated a program for maintaining its beautiful house and grounds, instituted programs and publications, oversaw the creation of inspiring sacred spaces and developed a strategic plan ensuring continuity into Manresa’s centenary. Also at the banquet, Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, founder and director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, will deliver the keynote address, and Archbishop Allen Vigneron, guest of honor, will be recognized for his and his predecessors’ continuing welcome to Manresa within the Detroit Diocese. Tickets for the event are available online at or from the front office by calling 248-644-4933.

Jesuits Midwest Lenten Reflection
Join Timothy McCabe, S.J. for a morning of prayer, Mass and lunch reflecting and meditating on the Lenten season on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Boulevard in Dearborn. Fr. McCabe is the Associate Pastor and Director of the Pope Francis Center at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Detroit. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. Fr. McCabe will lead a morning prayer at 9:30 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. Mass. A small luncheon will follow Mass at noon. This event is free and open to the public. Register and RSVP online by Thursday, Feb. 18. When responding, please specify the city and date of the event you will be attending. Be sure to provide your name, phone, email and name of guests.

Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J. passes
University of Detroit Mercy lost an exceptional leader and a wonderful friend on Tuesday, Jan. 12, Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D. Fr. Stockhausen entered eternal life around midnight central time. His body will be cremated and there will be a funeral Mass at Marquette University’s Gesu Church on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. A wake will precede the Mass in Gesu Church at 1 p.m. Since 2010, Fr. Stockhausen served as the Socius and Executive Secretary to the President and Director of Planning for the U.S. Jesuit Conference. He served UDM for 10 years, six years as president (2004-2010) and four years as provost and vice president for academic affairs (2000-2004). A special memorial Mass will be offered by the Jesuit community next Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. at Gesu Church, north of UDM's McNichols Campus. Assistant to the President John Staudenmaier, S.J., a long-time colleague and friend of Fr. Stockhausen, will celebrate the liturgy and give the homily. There will be a reception following the liturgy in Lansing-Reilly Hall on UDM's McNichols Campus.See the Milwaukee Province obituary and Detroit Free Press release on Fr. Stockhausen's passing. See Fr. Stockhausen's memorial page to share a story, post a photo or light a memorial candle.