It's that time of year! If you're still looking for Christmas gifts, we've got some great ideas for you inspired by Jesuit colleges and universities.
For Jesuit basketball fans, there's nothing better than the brand-new poster from the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, featuring all 80+ games between Jesuit opponents for the 2016-17 season. Click here to purchase yours online.
Two new books by faculty at Canisius College and Le Moyne College are available for purchase on Amazon. Girls in the Moon is a new young adult novel by Canisius professor Janet McNally that was recently featured in Kirkus Reviews. For history buffs, Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America by Le Moyne professor Douglas R. Egerton has received great reviews in The Christian Science Monitor and The New Yorker.
Saint Joseph's University has published a new book, Pontifex @ SJU, to commemorate Pope Francis' historic visit to campus last fall featuring photos and tributes from students, faculty and staff. Click here to purchase it online. Xavier University's Center for Mission & Identity also has books available for sale: popular titles include An Ignatian Journal and Leadership Mastery and Moxie in 31 Days: A Guide and Journal for Career Women.
Loyola Press has a number of new books for readers of all ages including Dear Pope Francis; 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days; and My Life with the Saints (10th Anniversary Edition). The latter features a new epilogue by author Rev. James Martin, S.J. More titles are available on LoyolaPress.com.
For coffee lovers and fans of the Blue Streaks, John Carroll University has just the thing for you: Gold & Brew Fair Trade Coffee! A portion of the proceeds will support the University's Carroll Fund for student scholarships. And speaking of blue and gold, Marquette University has highlighted the top 14 gifts for fans of the Golden Eagles, all of which can be purchased on the Marquette online gift shop.
Last month, Creighton University hosted the 2016 Opus Prize Award Ceremony, which was awarded to Sarah Lance, founder of Sari Bari, an organization that helps women in Kolkata, India escape the city's sex trade and learn to become artisans. Creighton has a link to an online store where you can you purchase garments made by Sari Bari artisans, along with several other Omaha-based organizations selling gifts this Christmas.
Looking for additional Jesuit ministries and organizations to make donations to this Christmas? Please consider the following: Homeboy Industries (gang rehabilitation center in Los Angeles, CA founded by Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J.); Red Cloud Indian School (Jesuit-founded high school on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD), Kino Border Initiative (binational migration organization in Arizona and Mexico); and Jesuit Refugee Service / USA (international organization that advocates for refugees).
Finally, treat the movie buff in your life to tickets to Martin Scorsese's new film, Silence. Silence depicts the true story of Jesuit missionaries in 1640s Japan and will open nationally on December 23rd. Click here for the film's trailer and here for a brand-new interview by America Magazine with Mr. Scorsese.
We will continue to update this list throughout the Christmas season! Please send your gift suggestions to Deanna Howes: firstname.lastname@example.org.