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This week, Chaz Ebert, the widow of Roger Ebert (1942-2013), gathered with admirers to celebrate what would have been his seventy-second birthday; the Chicago Park District discovered a suspiciously large number of valuable koi fish were missing from a pond in Jackson Park; the Museum of Science & Industry advertised vouchers for 50% off general admission tickets; and St. Nectarious Greek Orthodox Church in Palatine kicked off Greek Fest. Next month, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church will hold its own Greek Fest and Loyola University Chicago’s Museum of Art will open the exhibit Crossings and Dwellings.

*Roger Ebert’s 72nd Birthday Celebrated by Widow, Admirers*

To celebrate what would have been famed movie critic Roger Ebert’s seventy-second birthday on June 18, 2014, his widow, Chaz; filmmakers, including directors Werner Herzog and John Singleton; and film critics gathered virtually via Google+ Hangouts to celebrate his life. One can view the video on YouTube.

*Reboot Illinois Identifies Top 25 Community Colleges in Illinois*

The Web site Reboot Illinois came up with a list of the twenty-five best community colleges in the state, as measured by the percentage of students who either graduate with an associate’s degree within three years or transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Brendan Bond used statistics from “College Measures, a joint venture of the American Institutes of Research and Matrix Knowledge Group.”

*Were Koi Fish Stolen from the Osaka Garden?*

ABC-7 reported Thursday, June 19, 2014 that the Chicago Park District had discovered that two dozen koi fish were missing from the pond in the Osaka Garden behind the Museum of Science & Industry (M.S.I.) in Jackson Park. A resident of the city donated the two-foot-long, fifteen-year-old fish just last year.

While some of the fish were killed by predators, given their value, the disappearance of so many is suspicious. Each fish is worth hundreds of dollars, but they require expert care. The Chicago Park District reported that a few young koi remain in the pond.

*Respond to M.S.I. E-mail to Receive 50% off General Admission Ticket Voucher*

People receiving the M.S.I. e-newsletter who respond to the “Day of Discovery” offer to fill out a voucher can purchase Museum Entry (general admission) tickets for 50% off. The offer is good June 9-30, 2014.

*Religious News Roundup*

St. Nectarious Greek Orthodox Church, located at 133 South Roselle Road in Palatine, is holding Greek Fest 2014 this weekend - June 20-22, 2014. It will be open from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, and from 12:00 pm. To 12:00 a.m. on Sunday.

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, located at 525 Church Road in Elgin, is holding its 36th Annual Saint Sophia Greek Festival next month, July 11-13, 2014. Greek Festival 2014 is open from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $2.

The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) exhibit Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814-2014 will run from Saturday, July 19, 2014 to Sunday, October 19, 2014. The exhibit commemorates both the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus and the 100th anniversary of women’s education at Mundelein College, which Loyola University Chicago absorbed in 1991.

In 1991, the Lake Shore Campus grew southward along a narrow strip of lakefront land that bends with Sheridan Road. The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (B.V.M.) founded Mundelein College at the behest of George Cardinal Mundelein (1872-1939), Archbishop of Chicago (1915-1939), in 1930.

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), a former soldier, founded the Society of Jesus as a missionary order at the start of the Counter-Reformation. He stressed absolute obedience to the pope. The Society of Jesus received its charter in 1541.
Despite the fact they had all hitherto promoted the Society of Jesus, in the mid-18th Century, in one of the first flickers of the French Revolution, the Crowns of France, Portugal, Spain, and Naples placed the papacy under intense pressure to disband the order. Part of this story was dramatized in The Mission (1986). The Society of Jesus was suppressed everywhere in the world except in two states where the monarchs had formerly been hostile to the order – the Russian Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia – in 1773, and only permitted to re-form in 1814.

In the most recent issue of Loyola, an unidentified writer explained, “Using historical maps, books, documents, objects, and textiles, Crossings and Dwellings tells the story of 19th-century European Jesuits and women religious who arrived on the country’s expanding western frontier to serve both native American and urban immigrant populations.” The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola is sponsoring the exhibition.

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