Social justice, the promotion of human rights and the dignity of every person, has long been at the heart of the mission of the Society of Jesus. The term social justice was coined by Italian Jesuit Luigi Taparelli DAzeglio in the 1840s. Today, the Society of Jesus works for justice in many of its ministries across the province and around the world. Jesuit Father Jeff Putthoff helps inner-city youth in Camden, NJ, learn technology skills at Hopeworks 'N Camden. Read more
Father Richard Sotelo, SJ: Accompanying the Voiceless
Jesuit Father Richard Sotelo serves a diverse and ever-changing group of people as Jesuit Refugee Service/USA’s (JRS/USA) Religious Services Coordinator for the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement detention facility in El Paso, Texas. But his goal is simple: “Accompanying people through the journey of their lived lives.” Fr. Sotelo counts his work with JRS/USA, where he’s been serving since 1999, as one of the most memorable ministries in his Jesuit life — a life he says God chose for him. Read more.
Much to Celebrate at Sacred Heart Center
This January, Sacred Heart Center in Richmond celebrated with the thirty-three young men and women who successfully passed the Spanish Language GED exam in 2013. All are recent immigrants from Mexico or Central America whose formal education ended when they crossed the border. They work as waiters, dishwashers or cooks in local restaurants, day-laborers in construction or landscaping or assembly line operators in local factories. Many are married with children. After a full day of work, students spend three hours in classes at the Center catching up where their formal education ended. The sense of accomplishment was felt throughout the celebration. Sí, se puede. (Yes, you can!) was expressed by all. Read more.
Gesu School Celebrates 20th Anniversary
The Gesu School in Philadelphia, a pioneer in a new model for urban
is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Bishop Senior concelebrated
a school-wide Mass with Fr. George Bur, SJ, Gesu's founding president and current president of Saint Joseph's Prep, and Fr. Neil Ver'Schneider, SJ, vice principal and chaplain of Gesu School. Read more
Announcing Fr. Malloy's New Book
Congratulations to Fr. Richard Malloy, SJ, vice president for university ministry and mission at the University of Scranton, who has written a new book on Catholic faith grounded in scripture and tradition, Being on Fire: The Top Ten Essentials of Catholic Faith. To read more about the book, click here. To pre-order your copy
New Superior at Colombiere
On Sunday, Fr. Provincial James Shea, SJ, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving to welcome Fr. Harry Geib, SJ, the new superior of Colombiere Jesuit Residence. Concelebrants included Jesuit Fathers Harry Geib,Thomas Pesci, Joseph Lacey and James Casciotti.
70 Years A Jesuit
Fr. John Henry, SJ, entered the Society of Jesus February 1, 1943 and served for 46 years in Chile. Now at Wernersville, he assists with the growing Hispanic ministry in nearby Reading. He reflects on his years as as a Jesuit priest here.
University of Scranton Celebrating 125 Years
To kick-off the 125 anniversary of the University of Scranton this year, Rev. Joseph Bambera, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton will preside and Fathers Kevin Quinn, SJ, president and Richard Malloy, SJ, vice president for university ministries, will concelebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, September 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the Byron Recreation Complex. This marks the beginning of the campus community's year-long celebration of exhibits, lectures and other events. Read more.
Five novices from the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces professed first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on Saturday, August 10, 2013, at Holy Cross Church, DeWitt, NY. They are (left to right) Zach Presutti, SJ, Michael Lamanna, SJ, Danny Gustafson, SJ, William Woody, SJ, and Steve Nicholson, SJ.
Ministry and Service in India
Fr. Joe Lacey, SJ, is hosting Fr. Gregory D' Silva, SJ, (JAM) this month as part of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Missionary Cooperative Plan as he visits parishes in the Philadelphia and Arlington dioceses, enlightening parishioners about the mission work taking place in Jamshedpur, India.
Mass of Thanksgiving for Our Newest Jesuit Priests
Newly ordained, Fr. Michael Magree, SJ, concelebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving with Rev. James Shea, SJ, and Fr. James Casciotti, SJ, at the Colombiere Jesuit Residence in Baltimore in celebration of the Society of Jesus’ ordination of sixteen new priests across the U.S. during the month of June.
Stephen Fields, SJ, Receives Highest Teaching Award
Fr. Stephen Fields, SJ, associate professor of theology, Georgetown University, received the Dorothy Brown Award for Outstanding Teaching Achievement Friday, April 26. It is the University’s highest teaching award, presented by the Georgetown University Students Association and nominated by the undergraduate student body. Fr. Fields has been teaching at Georgetown for 20 years and is the first member of the Theology Department to receive this award. "Most of what I've learned about teaching has come over the years from my own Jesuit mentors. I'm deeply grateful to them, to the Society of Jesus that has trained me, and to Him Whose way we follow, Who is the greatest and best of Teachers."
Jesuit Receives Faculty of the Year Award
Fr. Matthew Carnes, SJ, assistant professor of government; Jesuit in residence, Georgetown University, received the School of Foreign Service Faculty of the Year Award this May. The School of Foreign Service Academic Council selects nominees and the recipient is elected by SFS students. Fr. Carnes was presented a medal and a Georgetown clock and was invited to speak at the graduating class’ Tropaia Ceremony.
The following video was put together by the Jesuit Vocation Office of the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces. In it you will see highlights from the Ordination Mass.
Fr. Kevin O'Brien, SJ featured on Faith On Fridays on MSNBC Morning Joe
Society of Jesus welcomes sixteen new priests this month
Against the extraordinary backdrop of the election of the first Jesuit pope, the Society of Jesus welcomes sixteen new priests this June of 2013. At ceremonies held at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York; Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans; Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Los Angeles; and Madonna della Strada Chapel at Loyola University Chicago, these men were ordained to priestly ministry in the Society, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in 1540. A diverse group, these men hail from across the United States and are bond by the common desire to dedicate themselves to the Jesuit mission of serving the Roman Catholic Church where the need is greatest. Four of these men are from the Maryland Province.
Reflections from Maryland Jesuit Novice
Danny Gustafson, nSJ
During his long experiment, Danny Gustafson worked at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia teaching religion and working in the Mission and Ministry Office.
I arrived at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA, with a mission of co-teaching three sections of a senior religion class about Ignatian spirituality and working in the Mission and Ministry office. After arriving I added "assistant tennis coach" to the job description. This went along with the expected occasional activities such as chaperoning mixers, leading the weekly Examen over the school intercom, and helping to plan, lead, and direct retreats and service events. Read more
Runners for Others: An Ignatian 5K
On Saturday, April 6, 186 runners and walkers gathered in Baltimore's Patterson Park for the first Runners for Others: An Ignatian 5K. Nine Jesuit and affiliated institutions in the Baltimore area collaborated to organize this fundraising and awareness raising event. Race participants were greeted by Loyola Blakefield's mascot, Saint Ignatius Loyola, and received a welcome and blessing from Maryland Provincial Fr. Jim Shea, SJ.
Maryland Jesuit is Pope Francis’ Astronomer
Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ (MAR), is the lead astronomer for Pope Francis. In an interview, he gives Premier's Justin Brierley an insight to life in the Vatican, what his work entails, faith and science, along with his own personal story. He even has an asteroid named after him. Click here to listen to the interview. http://www.premier.org.uk/hearttoheart
Jesuit Awarded Doctor of Ministry
Fr. Philip Florio, SJ (MAR), Assistant Vice President for Campus Ministry at Fordham University, was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree after successfully defending his dissertation on April 25, 2013 at the Catholic University of America. He presented and defended the project in ministry titled "The Ignis Training Program: An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality and Mission in the Jesuit Tradition for Educators and Staff in Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education”. Fr. Florio's work, Ignis, seeks to address how to successfully preserve and impart the Society of Jesus' charism, vision for mission, and brand of spirituality at its twenty-eight sponsored institutions of higher education.
Cristo Rey President Honored
Fr. John W. Swope, SJ, president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, received the Ignatian Volunteer Corps Baltimore Region’s 2013 Della Strada Award, in recognition of his commitment to the Ignatian values of service to the poor, and of working and educating for a just society.Father Swope received the award, which is named after the first church where St. Ignatius and his early Jesuit companions served the urban poor in the center of Rome, at Loyola Blakefield on April 21.
Principal Selected for New Cristo Rey School in Atlanta
Jesuit Father James R. Van Dyke has been named founding principal of the new Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, opening in fall 2014. Fr. Van Dyke, who currently teaches English and religion at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, N.Y., has worked in Jesuit secondary education for 24 years.
Cristo Rey Atlanta is a newly sponsored ministry of the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces of the Society of Jesus. The 500-student school will be part of the Cristo Rey network, which provides low-income students with a rigorous college prep curriculum. Students also participate in a corporate work-study program, which defers tuition costs.
Wheeling Jesuit University Selects Tenth President
Rev. James J. Fleming, SJ, Ph.D., executive vice president of Wheeling Jesuit University, has been appointed the institution's tenth president by the board of trustees, effective July 1, 2013. Fleming joined WJU in 2010 as the institution's first vice president for mission and identity and then chief of staff. He became executive vice president in 2012. He will succeed Mr. Richard Beyer.
Fr. Thomas F. Clifford, SJ Installed at St. Ignatius, Chapel Point
Last Saturday, Feb. 16, Fr. Clifford was installed as pastor by Cardinal Donald Wuerl at St. Ignatius, Chapel Point in Maryland during a Mass at the church. The ceremony was attended by parishioners and Clifford's mother, Anne.
"Pastor and parish go together, just like shepherd and flock go together," said the Cardinal.
Fr. Thomas Clifford, SJ and the original lock to St. Ignatius Church, on display in the rectory.
Many people have wondered whether Pope Francis has influenced the number of men interested in learning more about a Jesuit vocation.
Jesuit Father Charles Frederico, SJ, vocations director for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces of the Society of Jesus writes about the trends he has seen. Read more.
The Jesuit Post Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
January 24 marks the second anniversary of The Jesuit Post (TJP), a blog actively run by Jesuits throughout the country. Founded by scholastic Sam Sawyer, SJ, a former software coder and third-year theologian, from the Maryland Province, along with two other Jesuits, Fr. Paddy Gilger and Eric Sundrup, old friends who met during the early years of their Jesuit formation, TJP features content that explores the intersection between faith and culture. Read more.
Silent Retreat for Young Latino Leaders
In its ninth year, another Personalized Exercises Retreat was held last weekend at Faulkner, Md. Twenty three young men and women made their second retreat under the direction of Ana Maria Goonan and her team of lay people and Jesuit Fathers Frank Kaminski, Bob Wiedebaugh and John Henry. The retreatants came from Jesuit parishes in Richmond, Raleigh and Mooresville, N.C. Others came from Baltimore and Arlington. The retreat office has recently moved to Saint Ignatius Parish in Baltimore.
Newly Ordained Deacons
On Oct. 12, Cardinal Seán
O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap, Archbishop of Boston, ordained 8 Jesuits and 1
Redemptorist to the diaconate at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Pictured from left to right are Jesuits Tom Simisky and Mario Powell from the New England Province, and Sam Sawyer from the Maryland Province. View more photos here.
Jesuits Profess Final Vows
Four men from the province have professed Final Vows in the Society of Jesus. Fr. Douglas Peduti, SJ, professor of philosophy at Fairfield University professed Final Vows on February 17 at Egan Chapel of Saint Ignatius Loyola at Fairfield University. Fr. Daniel Joyce, SJ, assistant to the vice president for mission; senior fellow at the Center for Urban and Catholic Education and Fr. Thomas Brennan, SJ, associate professor of English, both at Saint Joseph's University, professed Final Vows at Manresa Hall on May 31 and September 16, respectively. Fr. Provincial James Shea, SJ, said, "We offer our congratulations and pray for God's blessing on these men, their families, and on their apostolic work. We thank them for their fidelity in taking this step, which strengthens and encourages each of us in our own vocations." Fr. David Collins, SJ, pronounced his vows on Saturday, October 19, in Georgetown University's Dahlgren Chapel.
Ignatian Leadership for Mission Retreat
Registration for the Ignatian Leadership for Mission silent retreat on March 23-28 at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, MD, is open to lay men and women, and Jesuits. For more information or to register, visit the Jesuit Collaborative website or contact Kevin O'Brien at email@example.com
Spanish Outreach at Sacred Heart Center and Parish
Much is going on these days at Sacred Heart Center and Parish in Richmond. GED classes are being offered in both English and Spanish. The Center is the only agency in the greater Richmond area offering prep classes in Spanish. English as a Second Language classes are taught in the morning and evening with bilingual early child care for the children of students. Read more
Pope Celebrates Mass at Rome’s Church of the Gesù with Fellow Jesuits on Ignatius’ Feast Day
Pope Francis celebrated the feast of St. Ignatius on July 31 with more than 200 of his fellow Jesuits at Mass in Rome’s Church of the Gesù, where St. Ignatius is buried. The pope prayed that he and his fellow Jesuits would receive "the grace of shame" for their failures and the humility to recognize that whatever good they accomplish is really done by the Lord. Read more
Friday Lenten programming at St. Ignatius Church, Baltimore
Fr. Watters, SJ says Mass at St. Ignatius Church, Baltimore
Each Friday in Lent, St. Ignatius Church will have Mass in the church at 5:30 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross, a simple supper, a film and a discussion.
On Feb. 15, the congregation viewed "Amazed and Afraid The Revelation of God Become Man" from Father Robert Barrons Catholicism series. This series will continue for the rest of Lent, excluding Holy Friday. If you can help with the meal by making soup or salad, or bringing bread or beverages, please contact Diane White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People gathered after mass for soup, a film and discussion
Fr. James Martin, SJ cites Importance of Humor at St. Paul's College
On Friday, Jan. 25, Fr. James Martin, SJ gave the annual Hecker Lecture at St. Paul's College in Washington, D.C. Fr. Martin, a Jesuit of the New England Province and the culture editor of America Magazine, spoke about the importance of humor as a Christian value and spiritual tool.
Father Martin called humor an essential, but neglected, requirement of Christian spirituality and an essential element of vocation work.
Father Martin described 10 reasons for joy, laughter and humor in the Church. Read more about Fr. Martin's lecture here.
Fr. John B. Woodward, SJ Inspired a Generation of Mathematicians
The Jesuits of the Maryland Province remember in their prayers Fr. John B. Woodward, S.J., who died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 23, 2013, at Manresa Hall at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Penn. He was 87 years old.
Fr. Woodward is best known for teaching mathematics at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. for 32 years from 1962 to 1994. He served on Gonzaga’s board of directors from 1968 to 1971 and again from 1976 to 1984. The school’s mathematics department now bears his name.
Jesuits to Sponsor New Cristo Rey High School in Atlanta
The Jesuits of the Maryland Province are sponsoring a new Cristo Rey high school in Atlanta, which will be the first Jesuit school in the city. The targeted date for the opening of the 500-student school is fall 2014.
Jesuit Father T.J. Martinez,
founding president of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep School in Houston, has been appointed to the new schools board of directors to help duplicate the success of his school.
Cristo Rey Atlanta will follow the Cristo Rey model, which educates low-income students with a rigorous college prep curriculum. Students also participate in a corporate work-study program, providing them with job experiences and helping to pay tuition costs.
Chairman of the Board Bob Fitzgerald, who has previously served as executive director of the Jesuits Ignatius Retreat Center in Atlanta, called Cristo Rey a beautiful model to break the cycle of poverty that so many kids are caught in.
Jesuit prays at Vice President Biden's Swearing In Ceremony
Fr. Kevin O'Brien, SJ made an invocation at the swearing in ceremony of Vice President Joseph Biden this Sunday, Jan. 20. The Vice President was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. Fr. O'Brien prayed that God "give [Joe] a share of [His] wisdom," "the courage to always do what is right," and "to always know of [His] presence." O'Brien is the vice president of mission and ministry at Georgetown University.
Maryland Province Extends to Georgia and South Carolina
To enhance the apostolic planning and service of the Society of Jesus in the United States, Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J. has transferred the responsibility for the states of Georgia and South Carolina to the Maryland Province from the New Orleans Province effective January 1, 2013.
This change is part of a process that reconfigures the ten existing Jesuit provinces in the U.S. into four. By the year 2020, the Maryland Province will join the New England and New York Provinces into one Province comprising the east coast of the U.S.
The Ignatius House Retreat Center in Atlanta, Ga. is now a ministry of the Maryland Province. Opened in 1960, and located in Sandy Springs suburb of Atlanta, the Center offers group and individually directed retreats, and spiritual direction and counseling all based on Ignatian principles. The Jesuit Collaborative, a tri-province ministry initiative under the direction of Fr. James Conroy, S.J., is working with Ignatius House Retreat Center in Atlanta on developing and expanding Ignatian Spirituality programs in the region.
Jesuit Students to Attend Mass for Life, New Face of Pro-Life Movement
The face of the pro-life movement is changing. Roe v. Wade was once the cause of those who remember when abortion was illegal. Now, 40 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision, the pro-life mantle has been taken up by those who've never known a world without abortion. One glance at the young people who attend the Jesuit Mass for Life in Washington, D.C., confirms that fact.
Fr. Shay Auerbach, SJ participates in "Levantamiento del Niño Dios"
On Saturday, Jan. 12, Fr. Shay Auerbach, SJ participated in "Levantamiento del Niño Dios", a traditional Mexican Catholic custom, at the home of Rigoberto Magaña in Richmond, Va. Over 30 Sacred Heart parishioners gathered to participate.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has designated January 13 to 19 as National Vocations Awareness Week. Started in 1976, this annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States is dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.
The link is an edited version of the homily Jesuit Father Pat Earl, pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, N.C., delivered on January 1, 2013, reflecting on the New Year, which coincides with the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
Theology professor taught in schools from Asia to Ohio, spending 28 years at Ohio seminary
Fr. William D. Lynn, SJ, a theology professor whose ministry took him from Woodstock, Md., to Asia, to Ohio, died Dec. 25, in Wernersville, Pa. A Jesuit for 71 years, and a priest for 58, he died on his 90th birthday.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at the Jesuit Center chapel in Wernersville Friday Jan. 4.
After ministering at three universities, Fr. McGroarty was spiritual director, counselor
A Mass of Christian burial was offered for Fr. William K. McGroarty, SJ, Nov. 30, at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church in Woodstock. Fr. McGroarty, who ministered at three universities, led retreats and counseled alcoholics, died of heart failure on Nov. 26, 2012, at St. Claude La Colombiere Residence in Baltimore. A Jesuit for 66 years and a priest for 57 years, he was 93.
Fr. Gerald J. Fitzpatrick, SJ, dies A teacher and minister in Chile for 25 years, spiritual director pastor in province
A Mass of Christian burial was be offered Monday, Dec. 3, for Fr.
Gerald J. Fitzpatrick, SJ. He died Nov. 27, 2012, of complications
of Crohn’s disease at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia.
A Jesuit for 53 years and a priest for 41 years, Fr. Fitzpatrick, 71, served the
people of Chile for 25 years.
Latino leaders from the Maryland Province gathered for a weekend Ignatian Silent retreat October 12th -14th at the Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner, MD. This was a First Level retreat, “God, Principal and Foundation of my Life”, based on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Through contemplative and meditation prayers, the retreatants are able to understand the presence of God in their lives, feel God’s love and God’s compassion in their daily lives.
Fr. Chuck Frederico, SJ, vocation director for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces of the Society of Jesus, appeared on The Busted Halo Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer on August 21. The show airs on Sirius XM Satellite Radio Channel 129. To listen to the interview, click here.
Time to Celebrate!
Jesuits from Maryland, New England and New York Provines gathered June 8-10 at Fordham University to celebrate the ordination of three new priests and to toast the 2012 Jubilarians — Jesuits who entered the Society of Jesus in 1962.
This year's ordinandi are Cesare Campagnoli, SJ, Maryland; Joseph Marina, SJ, New York; and Matthew Malone, SJ, New England (pictured below with Cardinal Edward Egan, archbishop emeritus of New York).
Many blessings upon all these men for their faith and service.
Three novices pronounced their first vows in the Society of Jesus August 18 in the Madonna della Strada Chapel at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Timothy Casey, Jason Downer and Doug Ray committed their lives in service to the Church and the Society of Jesus and took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience during a Mass celebrated by New York Provincial Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ. Maryland Provincial Fr. Jim Shea, SJ, and New England Provincial Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ. Fr. Tom Feely, SJ, who served as the formation director for eight years, delivered the homily.
From left: Fr. Shea, Fr. Sheehan, novices Timothy Casey, Jason Downer and Doug Ray and Fr. Ciancimino.