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General Congregation 36 convenes to elect Jesuit Superior General
On Oct. 2, General Congregation 36 (GC 36) convened in Rome to elect the new Jesuit Superior General. The general congregation is the supreme governing body of the Society of Jesus. Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., announced his resignation after serving as the Jesuits' leader since 2008. Among the more than 200 delegates from around the world who will attend the congregation are all nine Jesuit provincials from Canada and the U.S. For more information, watch this video, view this infographic and visit the Jesuit Resource website.

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 www.manresa-sj.org 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.