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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Bankruptcy judge confirms Oregon Jesuits’ reorganization plan

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 15, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth L. Perris confirmed the written reorganization plan for the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) that allowed the Province to emerge from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, effective Aug. 13, 2011.

Jesuit Father Pat Lee, the provincial superior, issued the following statement:

“For all of us our emergence from Chapter 11 is not just the end to a long, legal proceeding, but also a beginning to lasting healing and peace. On behalf of my fellow Jesuits, I want to express our most sincere sorrow and apology for the pain and hurt caused by our men who did not live up to their vows. It has been a sad period of time for all involved. My prayer is for all who are hurting to begin healing; to find forgiveness; and to achieve the peace of heart and mind that they deserve.

“In addition, I want to thank our many friends who stood by us during this time. Without their encouragement and prayers this sad and difficult time would have been that much more challenging for us to endure.

“Since 1841, the Jesuits of the Oregon Province have served the people of the Northwest. While we can now refocus our energies to support the Province’s various works in education, spiritual formation, parish work and other assignments dedicated to social justice, we will not forget the actions of the past and the pain we have caused. We will work and pray to ensure that this sad history is not repeated.”

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