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On Mercy and Forgiveness

On Mercy and Forgiveness

As part of the celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, noted Catholic television/radio host, scholar, and best-selling author Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. visited Jesuit High School on Friday (Jan. 8).

He addressed the student body and staff for about 25 minutes at morning Convocation in St. Anthony’s Chapel, focusing on the mercy and forgiveness of Christianity within a deep historical context.

After giving the homily at Adoration, Fr. Pacwa then spoke to collective groups of theology classes, brought together each period in the MPR, about religious history in the Middle East, and engaged in a Q&A session afterward.

Fr. Pacwa currently hosts two television programs on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) – “Threshold of Hope” and “EWTN LIVE.” He also hosts a weekly radio show, EWTN Radio’s “OPEN LINE” program.

Fr. Pacwa, who is fluent in 12 languages, has made extensive travels to the Holy Land, which inspired him to write the best-selling “Holy Land Prayer Book.” In 2000 he founded Ignatius Productions, a Catholic media production apostolate, under the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), whose mission is to teach the scriptures, educate Catholics about their Faith, and promote unity and understanding.

Fr. Pacwa has a Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. in Old Testament from Vanderbilt University. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1976 with the Society of Jesus, and then received a Master of Divinity and S.T.B. from the Jesuit School of Theology of Loyola University.

More information about Fr. Pacwa’s books, speaking schedule, pilgrimages, CDs/DVDs, television/radio shows, etc. is available at his website ( and Facebook page (

The Jubilee Year of Mercy began on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) and will be celebrated through Feast of Christ the King (Nov. 20). Pope Francis called for a holy year of remission of sins and universal pardon, with a particular focus on God's forgiveness and mercy.

View a video below of Fr. Pacwa’s presentation at Convocation, as well as a photo slideshow of Fr. Pacwa's visit to Jesuit.

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