Kaine was raised Catholic in the Kansas City area. His parents were so devout, Kaine told C-SPAN, that “if we got back from a vacation on a Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., they would know the one church in Kansas City that had an 8 p.m. Mass that we can make.” He attended an all-boys Jesuit high school in Kansas City and worked for a year with Jesuit missionaries in Honduras, where he taught welding — his father’s trade — and carpentry.
He and his wife attend St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond, Va., which has a predominantly African-American congregation. He co-founded a men’s study group there.
Here are some of the key persons in the history of the Department of Homeland Security, and their Jesuit/Vatican connections:
John C. Gannon, said to have been the key man behind the creation of the DHS. Jesuit trained and a former member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Following graduation from Holy Cross, Gannon served in Jamaica as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Earning his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., he began his government career as a political analyst, specializing in Latin America.
Holy Cross honored Gannon with the Sanctae Crucis Award in 2002.
Meryl Justin Chertoff is Director of The Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, where she teaches about state government, intergovernmental affairs and state courts.
From 2006-2009, Ms. Chertoff was Director of the Sandra Day O’Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary at Georgetown Law, studying and educating the public about federal and state courts. At Georgetown Law, she also developed educational programs for visiting judges and other government officials from overseas.
Janet Napolitano, third Secretary of Homeland Security. Jesuit trained at Santa Clara University.
Michael P. Jackson, third Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. Jesuit trained and later a professor at Georgetown University.
Jane Holl Lute, fifth Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. Jesuit trained at Georgetown University.
Alejandro Mayorkas, sixth and current Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. Jesuit trained at Loyola Marymount University.
Emilio T. Gonzalez, former Under Secretary and director of USCIS, the immigration department of the DHS. Gonzalez is a Knight of Malta and a Knight of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George.
Randy Beardsworth, former Under Secretary and one of the founding figures of the DHS.
Prior to joining DHS, Beardsworth was director for strategic planning, budget, and workforce development for the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s Detention and Removal Program. Before that he was director of the International Security Program at Georgetown University’s Carib-bean Project. He also served as director of defense policy for the National Security Council.
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