June 13: US bishops' meeting on priorities and plans, Indianapolis
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June 14-16: Bishops' Spring General Meeting, Indianapolis
June 17: 2:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Elizabeth Parish, Oakland
7 p.m., Confirmation, St. Raymond Parish, Dublin
June 18: 11 a.m., Confirmation, St. Margaret Mary, Oakland
June 20: College of Consultors, Chancery
Priests Personnel Board, Chancery
June 21: Catholic Charities quarterly meeting
June 22: 11 a.m., Catholic Television Network board meeting, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park
4 p.m., diocesan Executive Finance Committee, Chancery
June 23: Presbyteral Council
7 p.m., Confirmation, St. Felicitas Parish, San Leandro
June 24: 10 a.m., Confirmation, St. Peter Martyr Parish, Pittsburg
June 25-July 5: International Conference on Jewish-Catholic Relations, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Jerusalem
Stephen M. Pitts, SJ
Sean M. Salai, SJ
Two of four Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province were to be ordained to the priesthood on June 10, in New Orleans.
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Stephen M. Pitts, SJ, 33, will reside in the Oakland diocese when he returns to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley. He was born in New Orleans and grew up in Memphis. He was graduated with bachelor's degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Oklahoma, and entered the Society of Jesus in 2006. He earned a master's degree in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago before spending three years teaching mathematics at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. He earned a master of divinity degree at the JST in Berkeley. He will spend six weeks in Chiapas, Mexico, this summer doing pastoral work and field research at a Jesuit-sponsored cooperative, and will return to the JST to complete a master's degree of theology in social ethics while he finishes a master of science in International and Development Economics at the University of San Francisco.
Sean M. Salai, SJ, 37, worked as a chaplain at San Quentin State Prison and served as deacon at St. Isidore Parish in Danville while studying at the JST. He grew up in Indiana and attended Wabash College, where he served as the editor of the college news magazine and entered the Catholic Church. He earned a bachelor's degree in history, then worked as a reporter at the Washington Times. He has written for The Catholic Voice. He worked briefly for the Boca Raton News before entering the Society of Jesus in 2005. He graduated with a master's degree in applied philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and later with a Master of Divinity degree at the JST. Father Salai will be assigned as associate pastor to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in San Antonio.
He will offer a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Isidore the Farmer Parish, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville at 4 p.m. June 24.
Pope, president hope for peace
Melania Trump, wife of U.S. President Donald Trump, the president and Pope Francis spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, "I won't forget what you said." The atmosphere at the beginning was formal and a bit stiff. However, the mood lightened when Pope Francis met the first lady, Trump, and asked if she fed her husband "potica," a traditional cake in Slovenia, her homeland. There were smiles all around. Pope Francis gave Trump a split medallion held together by an olive tree, which his interpreter told Trump is "a symbol of peace." Speaking in Spanish, the pope told Trump, "I am giving you this because I hope you may be this olive tree to make peace." The president responded, "We can use peace."
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Pope Francis announced he will create five new cardinals June 28; the new cardinals-designate come from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador. Unusually, the group of prelates announced by the pope May 21 includes an auxiliary bishop whose archbishop is not a cardinal; he is Cardinal-designate Gregorio Rosa Chavez, 74, the current auxiliary bishop of San Salvador. The other churchmen who will receive red hats are: Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, Mali, 73; Archbishop Juan Jose Omella of Barcelona, Spain, 71; Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, Sweden, 67; and Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, apostolic vicar of Pakse, Laos, 73.
Youth have much to give
Young people often are judged too easily, even though with their limitations they are still a much needed and valuable part of the world, Pope Francis said. Do not forget how God often chose the smallest, because proclaiming the Gospel "is not based on the greatness of human strength, but rather on the willingness to let oneself be guided by the gift of the Spirit," he said June 1.
No S. Sudan visit
Pope Francis will not visit South Sudan in October with Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury as he had hoped, the Vatican spokesman said. Greg Burke, the spokesman, told reporters May 30 the trip "was not for this year." With the civil war worsening and famine spreading, Pope Francis already in March had expressed doubts about the possibility of making the trip.
Christians share hope
Christians are called to be "sowers of hope," consoling and defending the poor and anyone in need, Pope Francis said. Pope Francis used his weekly general audience May 31 to speak about the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen the hope of believers and to send them forth to instill hope in others.
Never speak, act or make a decision without first listening to the Holy Spirit, who moves, troubles and inspires the heart, Pope Francis advised. A cold and calculating heart that is closed to the Holy Spirit results in a faith that is "ideological," he said May 29 during a morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Knowing God and his commandments, and being good are not enough, the pope said. One must also receive God's gift of the Holy Spirit and let him "trouble" the heart. If people were to get a "spiritual electrocardiogram," the pope asked, would it be flatlined because the heart is hardened, unmoved and emotionless or would it be pulsating with the prompting and prods of the Spirit?
— Catholic News Service