July 31 is the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola - the founder of the Society of Jesus. Born in 1491, Ignatius was a different kind of saint. As the noted Jesuit historian Fr. John O’Malley, SJ, observed, "Ignatius redefined the traditional basis of saintliness."
Having served as Pastor at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore from October 2005 to May 2008, Fr. James Casciotti returns in August after a short sabbatical from his role as Socius for the Maryland Province Jesuits.
Fr. Kevin Gillespie, SJ, has been selected as the new Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Washington, DC. He has served for the last three years as president of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and will begin his new assignment on October 1, 2015.
John Peck, SJ, and Sean Toole, SJ, from the Maryland Province will be ordained at the Fordham University Church on June 13, 2015. They are among 28 other Jesuits in the U.S. and Canada who will be ordained at ceremonies this month.
Far beyond the Jesuit world, even beyond the Catholic world, people concerned with the future of life on earth and the care for God’s creation are anxiously anticipating the June 18th release of Pope Francis’s papal encyclical on ecology and human development.
Family, friends and fellow Jesuits gathered at the Columbiere Jesuit Community’s courtyard to mark the third anniversary of the death of their loved one, Fr. John Guidera, SJ, and to commemorate his 65 years of service to the Jamshedpur missions in India.
Father James M. Shea, S.J. will begin serving as Pastor at St. Peter’s Church in Charlotte, NC effective June 15, 2015. Father Philip A. Florio, S.J. will begin serving as Pastor at Old St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia, effective August 24, 2015.
On Saturday, May 9, 2015, parishioners, faculty and staff from Jesuit institutions in Baltimore participated in an advocacy training facilitated by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and hosted by the Maryland Province Jesuits at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
After 18 years as president of Scranton Preparatory School, Fr. Herb Keller, SJ, is stepping down in July. Here are a few reflections from Fr. Keller on what has meant the most to him during his time at Scranton Prep.
April 29, 2015 — A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked a mountainous region near Kathmandu, Nepal, on Saturday, April 25 has killed more than 4,300 people, injured almost 8,000 and destroyed centuries-old temples and thousands of homes. “We don’t know the real situation in a lot of areas because big buildings have collapsed,” said Jesuit Father Pius Perumana, head of Caritas Nepal, an international Catholic aid organization that responds to humanitarian crises such as natural disasters and conflict.
Forty years ago at Wheeling Jesuit University, Bishops and concerned Catholic community members gathered on campus to formally announce the release of “This Land is Home to Me: A Pastoral Letter on Powerlessness in Appalachia." The document has had a tremendous impact on the direction of Jesuit ministries in Appalachia.
Blessed with a picture-prefect morning, the 3rd Annual Runners For Others Ignatian 5K on Saturday, April 18th was our biggest and best ever. Both Maryland Province Provincial, Fr. Robert Hussey, SJ, and Archbishop of Baltimore, William Lori, were on hand to offer their prayers, words of encouragement and to officially start the race.
The Messina program at Loyola University Maryland offers first year students an opportunity to explore a wide range of disciplines, appreciate their interconnectedness, and take to heart the importance of learning in their personal and intellectual growth.
Some are physicians. Some are teachers, counselors, deans and principals. Others are self-employed or work full-time at home. But regardless of their professions or backgrounds, more than twenty lay colleagues have recently committed to embark with one another over the next 18 months on a spiritual and educational journey known as the Magis program.