St. Peter’s University Joins Jesuit Institutions in "Prayers of Light" for Immigrants
Jan. 24, 2017 - St. Peter’s University was one of 12 Jesuit institutions across the East coast praying for immigrants and other vulnerable communities on Jan. 19, the eve of President Trump’s inauguration. The institutions were part of a larger national effort called “prayers of light” coordinated by the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN). For St. Peter’s University, this prayer vigil was the first of three days spent lifting up their beloved community which includes so many immigrant students. Co-sponsored by the Kairos Social Justice Program, Campus Ministry, The Center for Undocumented Students, the student club Reaching After Immigrant Intellect and Success (RAIIS) and Schola, the event focused on lifting up hope amidst times of fear and uncertainty.
After opening remarks framing the issue, staff members of Campus Ministry offered a prayer for immigrants. Students, staff and faculty held flameless tealight candles and posters of activist ancestors, men and women who fought for a more just and humane society. These posters offered a reminder that those who worked for justice before are present at all times and that we must call on them to help us in these times.
Students and faculty read passages of Langston Hughes’s powerful poem Let America Be America Again. The event opening concluded with the student choir singing a beautiful rendition of Halleluia. The event continued with those in attendance sharing cupcakes and other treats, along with informal conversation and resource materials such as myths and facts about immigrants, know your rights cards, and information about a bill proposed in the House of Representatives (HR 83,) whose goal is to withdraw federal funds for sanctuary cities and campuses. Attendees were encouraged to contact their federal elected officials to express concern with this legislation.
This past Saturday, the Hispanic Ministry of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality facilitated the first session of the School of Ignatian Spirituality (the “Escuela”) at St. Ignatius Parish in Chestnut Hill, MA. Seventeen people attended this day-long formation session, which focused on Ignatian forms of prayer.
Jan. 9, 2018 - Dr. Thomas de Quesada, current Dean of Men at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami, Florida, has been named the next principal of Fairfield Prep. Dr. de Quesada will assume this new role on July 1, 2018.
In his first video of 2018, Pope Francis spoke on his January intention, religious minorities in Asia. “Let us pray for all of them so that Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.”
Jan. 2, 2018 - Fr. Edward F. Howard, SJ, was called to eternal life on Dec. 24, 2017. He was born on May 25, 1932, entered the Society of Jesus at Shadowbrook, Lenox, Mass., on Sept. 7, 1951, and was ordained on June 11, 1966, at Weston College, Weston, Mass. He pronounced his final vows on Aug. 14, 1990.