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In Gratitude for Sara Noreña

By Fr. James Caime Sara Noreña was born and raised in Kansas City but was baptized at San Francisco de Assisi parish near her mother’s family home, a town near Mexico City. Her mother, Lupe, and her Aunt Amalia made sure Sara knew her family in Mexico – including her grandmother, her cousin and her …

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In Gratitude for Eva Garcia

By Fr. Rafael García, SJ Eva Garcia was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. After living in Juárez, Mexico, for some years, in 1998, she moved to El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two daughters. She settled in a modest apartment in historic Chihuahuita, close to Sacred Heart Parish, and immediately began serving the parish. …

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In Gratitude for Jim & Nancy Bell

Jim and Nancy Bell joined St. Francis Xavier Parish (SFX) in Kansas City, Mo., in 2008 after being invited by friends to visit. They were drawn to the welcoming and diverse community with its emphasis on social justice. Together, they volunteer in the food pantry and are members of the SFXcellent Walkers and Runners who raise money …

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Great blessings through prayer

Connie Saavedra’s love of the Jesuits may have started overseas soon after her birth. “I think that my Jesuit connection started when I was baptized by a Jesuit priest, Rev. Paul Greck, SJ in my hometown in the Philippines,” says Saavedra.  While her spiritual formation was greatly influenced by other religious orders like the missionary …

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Ignatian Volunteer Corps

The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) provides mature men and women the opportunity to serve the needs of people who are poor, to work for a more just society, and to grow deeper in Christian faith by reflecting and praying in the Ignatian tradition