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Jesuit Organizations Denounce Continuing Attacks on Asylum in the United States

A Statement from the Leaders of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and the Kino Border Initiative:   We are deeply concerned by the Biden Administration’s persistent attempts to restrict the right to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. Working on the ground with migrants and …

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U.S. locations of boarding schools for Native students administered by the Jesuits

From 1819 until the 1960s, federal policies aimed to assimilate Indigenous peoples into white American culture. Laws and policies regarding boarding schools were one of the central means toward this goal of assimilation. The federal government compelled attendance, and students were prohibited from speaking their Native languages or practicing their Indigenous cultures. This history fuels ongoing cycles …

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Religious Groups Who Operated Indian Boarding Schools Endorse Bill to Establish a Truth and Healing Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mike Jordan Laskey Director for Communications, Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States jccucommunications@jesuits.org RELIGIOUS GROUPS WHO OPERATED INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS ENDORSE BILL TO ESTABLISH A TRUTH AND HEALING COMMISSION Seven religious congregations and denominations that operated boarding schools for Native students have endorsed the newly announced Truth and Healing Commission …

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Jesuit Conference Issues Statement on Boarding Schools for Indigenous Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Eric Clayton Deputy Director for Communications, Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States eclayton@jesuits.org The Jesuit Provincials of Canada and the United States commit to studying the history of Indigenous boarding schools. Washington, DC, August 11, 2021—We write to express our deep sorrow at the recent discoveries of unmarked graves …

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Fr. Scott Pilarz, SJ, Who Served as President of Jesuit Universities, Passes Away

March 12, 2020 — Fr. Scott R. Pilarz, SJ, president of the University of Scranton, passed away on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 61. Fr. Pilarz was born in Camden, New Jersey, on July 31, 1959. He attended Camden Catholic High School and graduated from Georgetown …

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