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rooted in the radical: fr. jack morris, s.j. and brother fred mercy, s.j.

Area Director, Megan Bell, highlights an article from the Spokesman Review last month showing that, like our Orientation 2012 theme states, those who began JVC Northwest have been and still are, Rooted in the Radical:
Brother Fred Mercy, S.J. and Father Jack Morris, S.J. sharing their experience of the Peace Pilgrimage to Bethlehem at JVC Northwest Orientation in 2011.

Father Jack Morris, S.J. was instrumental in the founding of JVC Northwest and has been an integral part of the JVC Northwest community and history for the past 56 years.

With Father Jack Morris, S.J. and Brother Fred Mercy, S.J. now residing in Spokane, Washington, journalist Shawn Vestal was able to interview them and gather their thoughts on their Peace Pilgrimage to Bethlehem 30 years ago.

For over a decade, Fr. Jack Morris, S.J. and Br. Fred Mercy, S.J. have inspired Jesuit Volunteers at the JVC Northwest Orientation with their famous bantering while sharing their experience on the Peace Walk to Bethlehem. As Morris celebrates his 50th year as a Jesuit this year, Vestal affirms Morris and Mercy as, “bracing examples of a radically humane Christianity.”

7 thoughts on “rooted in the radical: fr. jack morris, s.j. and brother fred mercy, s.j.”

  1. Hard to believe the Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage was 30 years ago. I worked with Br. Mercy @ Central Seattle Chore Services in 1980. I remember the planning meetings and the dedication of all involved. I did not walk but knew many that did. I found it truly amazing. My best to Fr. Jack Morris and Brother Fred Mercy. Susan McDonough, Seattle 80-81.

  2. It’s hard to believe that Bethlehem Peace Farm was that long ago. I’ve been wondering about you guys and would love to hear from you.


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