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Vincent J. Marchionni, SJ -- Regent, Teacher

For me, most things in life somehow relate to football, and the Church's "Year for Consecrated Life" is no exception. I recently read a New York Times article about a Benedictine nun who coaches football in her spare time. What struck me most about the article is the way her religious vocation, professional duties, and coaching "side gig" all work seamlessly for the Kingdom. Like this Benedictine nun, I too am a vowed religious who teaches and coaches (Go Hornets!). I see this triple role as a three-headed means to further the personal growth of the students -- what we Jesuits call cura personalis. I teach students during the day; I coach lacrosse after school; and all the while I bear witness to my vocation. Like the vintage college football "wishbone triple-option," I have three ways of getting myself and others to the apostolic end zone: prayer and community, professional responsibilities, and the ability to walk personally with people on their journey with God.

 

Unlike the triple-option, however, I, and other religious who serve this way, do not have to choose between religious life, a professional life, or a mentoring relationship like coaching. We religious utilize all three means simultaneously. We live and pray together, and our shared witness and support leads us to the Lord. Our witness calls us to be proficient in our professional and mentoring skills, and ready for whatever God and the People of God need. This means being generous with my time, serving constructively as a colleague, being a clear voice of instruction, a positive coach and an organized and creative lesson-planner. All of these skills help my students to develop as young persons, thus leading us closer to the Lord. Now that's a winning combination!

 

As the Spiritual Exercises have taught me, all of humanity was created to be in close relationship with God. My time as teacher, coach and religious is privileged enough to bring me closer to God on a daily basis and I try to witness to that in all that I do. This is the reason I wake up every morning and this is the reason I entered the Society of Jesus.



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December 3, 2019 — Today is the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, SJ, one of the first Jesuits, who is considered by some to be the greatest missionary since the time of the Apostles.

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.

Nov. 6, 2019 - Last month, hundreds of Jesuit-educated alumni and friends of the Society gathered at 23 parishes and schools for the fifth annual Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday Masses.

Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., is appointed the first provincial for the Jesuits USA East Province. He will assume office on July 31, 2020.

Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, has officially decreed the uniting of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces into one USA East Province, effective July 31, 2020.

The Jesuits of Washington, D.C. joined together at Georgetown’s Dahlgren Chapel to celebrate those with jubilee years in the Society of Jesus.

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