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.
Feb. 6, 2017 - Jamaica Magis Service Trip aims to provide Boston College students an opportunity to live and serve in solidarity with the people in Kingston, Jamaica, who have faced social, political, and economic oppression.
Feb. 3, 2017 - In his second prayer video of 2017, Pope Francis spoke on his intention of welcoming the needy. “Pray with me for all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.”
Jan. 26, 2017 - A special Mass was held at Loyola Jesuit Center, a sacred space for spiritual growth and prayer in Morristown, N.J., on Jan. 18, to re-dedicate and consecrate the newly renovated Christ the Priest Chapel in loving memory of Joseph Brian Moran and Joseph Brian Moran II.
Jan. 19, 2017 - Fr. George Collins, SJ, will complete his tenure as president of Cheverus High School on June 30, 2017, to return to pastoral spiritual ministry. Fr. Robert Pecoraro, SJ, has been selected to serve as the interim president as the board of trustees conducts a national search for a permanent successor.