Category Archives: Wisconsin Province E-News

December 2011

The Gritty Reality was the theme of the 2011 Ignatian Family Teach-In which drew over 1100 to Georgetown University Nov 12-14. The theme is attributed from a line in Fr. Kolvenbach’s Santa Clara address which described a faith-justice pedagogy which brings students into direct contact with those who are suffering and broken. Through this education [...]

November 2011

U.S. Military Presence in Uganda (Oct. 14) The Obama administration announced deployment of 100 military advisers to Uganda and surrounding countries to help dismantle the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and its leader Joseph Kony for war crimes.  A few prominent Uganda-watch groups have cautiously supported the stepped up efforts against the LRA. However, the Acholi [...]

October 2011

Ecology Supplements Download the special report on ecology Healing a Broken Worldcompiled by the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat and referenced by Fr. General in his letter On Ecology (September 16, 2011). Major sections of the report include: regional assessments (by assistancy); Jesuit mission in the context of the ecological crisis; recommendations and suggestions. Please [...]

September 2011

Eastern Africa Hunger Crisis (UPDATE September 1, 2011) As the seasonal drought was upgraded into a famine in late July, two Jesuit initiated strategies were announced in response to this crisis affecting 12 million people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Click here for the Jesuit Conference statement which designates ways to send both short term [...]

August 2011

Republic of Southern Sudan (ROSS) Becomes the World’s Newest Country Southern Sudan voted overwhelmingly and peacefully to become independent in January, 2011 and Independence Day finally came on Saturday, July 9. Jesuit Bernard Mallia (Eastern Africa) writes from Rumbek, “There is so much rejoicing because our country struggled and suffered too much (and) at last [...]

May 2011

Fred Kammer: “Politics Drive Anti-Tax movements and Low Income families suffer” is the assessment in the lead article from JustSouth Quarterly written by the former New Orleans Provincial. His analysis shows that U.S. individual tax rates are actually quite low compared to other industrialized countries. Only Turkey and Mexico have lower individual tax rates than [...]

April 2011

Pedro Arrupe Video Recollections Fr. Vincent O’Keefe, former General Counselor to Fr. Arrupe, was videotaped several years ago by Wisconsin Jesuit Frs. J.J. O’Leary and Jim McDermott about his experiences working with Fr. Arrupe. This material is now accessible for viewing at It is also part of a larger series commissioned by the Wisconsin [...]

March 2011

Wisconsin Labor News Here are several updates on the impasse regarding the rights of state workers to organize in Wisconsin. On Feb. 16, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference issued the statement Regarding the Rights of Workers and the Value of Unions. On Feb. 24, the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, chaired by Bishop [...]

January 2011

“A Setback not a Defeat” Archbishop José Gómez characterized the December 21st Senate vote on the DREAM Act, which fell five votes short of overcoming a filibuster. The DREAM Act would have provided immigrant students a way to earn citizenship. It is strongly backed by the USCCB and had cleared the House earlier in the month. In his [...]

Dear friends of immigrants in Wisconsin province

You may have heard that President Obama attended the Esperanza National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast this morning (June 19) and invoked scriptural guidance of “love thy neighbor” to push the need for comprehensive immigration reform. This would seem to signal that national and legislative attention will begin turning again toward immigration policy. Thank you for your [...]