Upcoming Events

Ash Wednesday Mass & Boxed Lunch

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Blvd. 
Chicago, IL

11:00 a.m.  Check-in 
11:30 a.m.  Ash Wednesday Mass 
12:15 p.m.  Boxed Lunch


The Search for God and Guinness - An Irish Evening with Fr. Ryan Duns, SJ

Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Dawson
730 W. Grand Ave. 
Chicago, IL

5:30-6:15 p.m.  Cocktails and networking 
6:15-6:45 p.m.  Irish Music and Storytelling
6:45-7:30 p.m.  Continued Networking

$25, includes 2 beer/wine tickets and hors d’oeuvres

Join Fr. Ryan Duns, SJ, for an evening of networking and fellowship on Thursday, March 5. Father Duns is a Cleveland native and a theology professor at Marquette University. His presentation entitled “The Search for God and Guinness” combines the music of the Irish tin whistle with storytelling and received rave reviews from his many growing fan base. Join us at The Dawson in River West for great Irish music, accompanied by Fr. Duns’ inimitable & unique presentation.

Fr. Ryan, first encountered the Jesuits when he was 14 and was playing Irish music in a band with a Jesuit, but he came to know the Society more deeply at Saint Ignatius High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. and a master’s degree in religious studies at John Carroll University in Ohio. During this time, he taught private music lessons and played across the country for Irish dancing competitions.

Fr. Ryan is now an assistant professor at Marquette University. In addition to teaching theology classes, he continues to offer tin whistle lessons on YouTube, now rebranded, Marquette University’s Irish Tune of the Week."


Thursday, March 12, 2020
Networking Event hosted by Wintrust

April 2020
National Jesuit Day of Service

Past Events

My Jesuit Journey: An Evening with Porter Moser

On September 25, 2019, Jesuit friends and alumni gathered at Theater on the Lake to network and hear a talk by Porter Moser, head men's basketball coach at Loyola University Chicago.  

Click here for the link to the full gallery of photos from the evening.

Jesuit Alumni Mass

On October 19, 2019, Jesuit friends and alumni gathered together for Mass at Holy Family Church.  The Mass was one of dozens held in over 28 cities across the country as part of Jesuit Alumni Weekend, celebrated annually on or around the Feast of the North American Jesuit Martyrs.  A reception was held at the Alumni Lounge at Saint Ignatius College Prep.


2019-2020 JFAN Advisory Board

Christopher Alt, SJ, Jesuit Scholastic – Boston College, Loyola University Chicago
Jean Bax, Life Span Center for Legal Services Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Jerrod Castleberry, WinTrust Bank, Chicago Jesuit Academy
David Christian, David Christian Attorneys LLC, Rockhurst High School, Rockhurst College, Parent: Saint Ignatius College Prep
Richard Ciccarone, Merritt Research, Walsh Jesuit
Lauren Gaffey, Midwest Jesuits, Loyola University Chicago, Jesuit Connections, Charis, Office of Ignatian Spirituality
Daniel Gandert, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Georgetown University
Ann Greene, Midwest Jesuits, Gesu School & Parish
Maria Elena Juarez, Midwest Jesuits, Cristo Rey Jesuit, Xavier University
Emily Kelly, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Creighton University
Tom Kelly, SJS Investment Services, St. John’s Jesuit, Marquette University
Patrick Kennedy, Midwest Jesuits, University of San Francisco

Arch King, Northern Trust, Xavier High School, Parent: Saint Ignatius College Prep, Georgetown University, College of the Holy Cross, Boston College
John LaMantia, Attorney, Saint Ignatius College Prep, Fordham University, Parent: SICP, Gonzaga University, Xavier University
Minh Le, SJ, Jesuit Scholastic, Loyola University Chicago
Ali Lenti, FTI Consulting, Saint Ignatius College Prep
Marysa Leya, Fellow - Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Saint Ignatius College Prep
Gabbie Littleton, Restauranteur/Food Blogger, Loyola Academy, Regis University
Kristine Mackey, Midwest Jesuits, Creighton University, Parent: Saint Ignatius College Prep, Boston College
Sara McCarthy, Dorger-McCarthy Realty, Boston College
Martina Mead, Georgetown University, Ignatian Spirituality Project Women’s Team, Parent: Georgetown University
Joy Lyu Monahan, World Business Chicago, Georgetown University, Parent: Saint Ignatius College Prep, Georgetown University
Deirdre Mullane, Loyola Press, University of San Francisco, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Loyola University Chicago, Charis, Jesuit Connections
Greg O’Leary, Chelsea Taft & Associates, Saint Ignatius College Prep
Luke Pacold, symmetRE, Saint Ignatius College Prep
Bryan Paulsen, SJ, Jesuit Regent, Loyola University Chicago
Most Rev. Brian Paulson, SJ, Provincial, Midwest Jesuits, Loyola Academy, Georgetown University, Saint Ignatius College Prep
Kaitin Powell, Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Regis University
Michael Spaeth, Salesforce, Marquette University
Rev. Matthew Spotts, SJ, Sts. Joseph and Francis Xavier Parish, Loyola Academy, St. Xavier HS, Fordham University, Saint Louis University, Santa Clara University
Joseph Starshak, Starshak Winzenburg & Co, Saint Ignatius College Prep

About JFAN Chicago

JFAN events were created to allow people with a Jesuit affiliation to build relationships, network, and enhance the Jesuit presence in the Chicagoland area. Feel free to invite your colleagues and friends to any upcoming events.  Events are sponsored by the Midwest Jesuits.

Patrick Kennedy
Phone: (773) 975-6920

Facebook: facebook.com/JFANChicago
Website: jesuitsmidwest.org
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