April is Autism Awareness Month, and over the last 10 years, Holy Trinity Church in Washington, D.C. has established the Shepherd’s Flock ministry in response to the growing needs of families who request religious education for children with special needs.
April 3, 2015 – With sustained winds of 160 mph, Super Typhoon Maysak struck the Pacific region this week, causing severe damage throughout Micronesia. More information on the storm damage, with ways to provide urgent help can be found here.
Cristo Rey Jesuit’s Board of Trustees has selected Dr. William “Bill” Heiser to be CRJ’s second president, starting with the 2015-2016 school year. As the new president, Dr. Heiser will bring considerable educational experience and much success in building partnerships. He also has a great understanding of and appreciation for Jesuit education.
Employees in the State of Maryland without paid sick leave are often forced to choose lost wages or working while sick. Baltimore’s St. Ignatius group makes a decisive move to support Maryland’s Healthy Working Families Act that would ensure paid sick leave to employees who do not currently have it in their places of employment.
On February 28, 2015, 9 members of the "Escuela de Espiritualidad Ignaciana" completed the last of five sessions at Sacred Heart parish in Richmond, VA. This final day-long session of the program was presented by Fr. Bill Noe, SJ on St. Ignatius and the Spiritual Exercises.
March 11, 2015 - For 15 years, Wheeling Jesuit University’s Physical Therapy students have participated in a service-learning course that includes providing rehabilitative services to thousands of people in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. This marks their 15th year serving the residents and agencies in Mexico.
February 27, 2015 - The Swiss Jesuit, Hans Urs von Balthasar is considered by many to be one of the most important theologians of the 20th century. It’s not surprising then that the book by Fr. Ray Gawronski, SJ exploring the thoughts and ideas of Fr. Von Balthasar is now in its third edition from Angelico Press.
February 25, 2015 - Br. Larouere died on December 15, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. He was a Jesuit Brother for 49 years. After graduating from high school and without the funds for college, he joined the military. Upon return, he found himself yearning for a more purposeful and fulfilling existence. He entered the Society of Jesus as a Jesuit Brother at Wernersville, PA on August 14, 1965.
February 19, 2015 - The 3rd annual “Runners for Others: An Ignatian 5K” will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Baltimore’s Patterson Park. The 5K run and 1 mile fun walk in this historic and sprawling park help raise funds for the Maryland Province’s social ministries.
February 15, 2015 - It reads like an impossible tale only Hollywood could spin. A boy born into slavery becomes the president of a predominantly white university a mere eight years after Lincoln’s assassination. While most were unaware of Father Patrick Healy’s background at the time, that’s exactly what happened.
February 13, 2015 – The Vocation Office is sponsoring a discernment retreat on the weekend of March 27-29, at Linwood Spiritual Center in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The retreat is open to all men discerning a call to the Society, not just those who have already reached out and are in the Candidacy Program. The weekend is designed to give participants exposure to the history, life and spirituality of the Society of Jesus, all in an effort to help them develop tools for solid spiritual discernment.
Rev. Francis (Frank) MacEntee, SJ, died on February 12, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. He was a Jesuit priest for 60 years.
A native of Philadelphia, Father MacEntee graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in 1941 before entering the Jesuits at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, PA.
February 12, 2015 - On Sunday, February 8, 2015, Fr. Robert Hussey, provincial of the Maryland Province, along with other US and Canadian Jesuit Provincials and members of the Jesuit Conference visited the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) in Nogales, AZ. KBI provides short-term humanitarian relief for recently deported migrants in need of food, clothing, emergency care, and pastoral care.
February 6, 2015 – It was time to “pump up” the fitness area. More than $70,000 was raised to expand and upgrade the weight room inside Wheeling Jesuit University’s McDonough Center – improvements that will benefit the entire campus community.
February 3, 2015 marked the renewal signing of the Sustaining Agreement between the Maryland Province Jesuits and Gesu School—one of only two Nativity Miguel Jesuit elementary schools (pre-K through eighth grade) nationwide.
February 3, 2015 - Fr. Stephen Spahn joined the Saint Ignatius Parish community in October 2014. Originally from Denver Colorado, Fr. Spahn’s path to the priesthood began while he was a student at Georgetown University. The youngest of ten children, Fr. Spahn, went to Georgetown with political aspirations: to attend the school of foreign service, then on to law school, and then return to Denver to be a “big fish in a small, dry, square pond.”
February 3, 2015 - Rev. Edgar Graham, S.J., died on February 1, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA. He was a Jesuit priest for 60 years.
A native of Baltimore, MD, Father Graham was an alumnus of both Loyola High School and Loyola College in Baltimore. After pronouncing his first vows in July of 1944 and completing studies in Philosophy at Woodstock College in 1948, he proactively sought assignment in India.
February 2, 2015 – In 2011, Jesuit scholastics Paddy Gilger, Sam Sawyer and Eric Sundrup noticed a problem. Even with smart phones and tablets, Catholic news outlets were not catching the attention of young adults open to engaging their faith. There was a clear need for a conversational news source that could talk about faith and religion in a way that was relevant to young adults.