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.
Sept. 26, 2017 - From July 5-10, the Be the Light Youth Theology Institute at Canisius College welcomed students from ten high schools (including Gonzaga High School and Canisius High School) for a six-day immersion experience, which explored moral and religious dimensions relevant to the kinds of challenges experienced during their time spent in Buffalo.
Sept. 25, 2017 - On Sept. 13, Mr. Brian Maher was installed as the 7th president of Nativity Preparatory School during the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Fr. John Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, officially missioned Mr. Maher to be the director of the work.
Sept. 21, 2017 - Hurricane Maria left such devastation behind in Puerto Rico, that our Jesuit school and parish families need our help. The Central Southern Jesuit Province is accepting financial contributions to aid in recovery in Puerto Rico.
Sept. 20, 2017 - This past August the Society of Jesus in the U.S., Canada and Haiti welcomed 38 new novices at novitiates in Louisiana, California, Minnesota, New York, Quebec and Haiti. Read more about these men who have just started their journey as Jesuits.
Sept. 20, 2017 - Charline Castillo and Terelle George first met at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep (BJP) and became fast friends. They went on to graduate BJP and then Cristo Rey New York High School together. Now they are starting their first year of college at Georgetown University.
Sept. 19, 2017 - Fr. Kenneth G. Loftus, SJ, was called to eternal life on Sept. 18, 2017. Fr. Loftus was born on Feb. 14,1951, and entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 24, 1982. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1991 at St. Joseph’s Chapel, the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass. He pronounced his Final Vows on Nov. 23,1997.