Fr. Watters welcomes students to the new school year.
St. Ignatius Loyola Academy
Fr. Watters celebrated the Academy's opening of the school year Mass of the Holy Spirit at St. Ignatius Church. Academy graduate and Peabody Institute Conservatory senior, Tariq Al-Sabir sang and played the piano for the Mass. As an introduction to the Mass, Fr. Watters noted that we are on the site of where the Academy started 22 years ago. The first reading was from Sirach:
If you wish, you can be taught;
if you apply yourself, you will be shrewd.
If you are willing to listen, you will learn; if you give heed, you will be wise.
During the homily, Fr. Watters asked student to reflect on the readings using questions in the Mass Program. Students shared answer with one another in their pews, and then Fr. Watters asked for students to share their responses and thoughts. One student stated that we can learn best at "God's doorstep." Fr. Watters asked, "where God's doorstep was located?" Students gave a variety of answers including, "in heaven," and "at churches." Fr. Watters reminded students that "We are God's doorstep." Students talked about using their gifts to strengthen the Academy and the Baltimore community. Several students mentioned using their gifts to make the world more peaceful.
At the concluding rite, Fr. Watters asked the Academy's faculty and staff to come out of their pews into the center aisle. Fr. Watters then led all students in a blessing to pray for their teachers for the start of the school year.
Nov. 18, 2019 - Each year on Dec. 3, Jesuits worldwide celebrate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, who was sent to the East by St. Ignatius as a missionary and would travel to India as well as Japan. Dec. 3, 2019, is Giving Tuesday, an opportunity for people to support organizations like our Jesuit province.
Nov. 8, 2019 - Pope Francis recently addressed 210 participants in the congress of the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, accompanied by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa SJ.