Aug. 11, 2017 - Seven Jesuit novices from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces will profess their first vows in the Society of Jesus on Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, at Holy Cross Church, DeWitt, N.Y. They are John J. Braithwaite, Brendan G. Coffey, John P. Pignone, Melvin Thomas Rayappa, Christopher V. Smith, Kenneth W. Tompkins and Christian A. Verghese.
The profession of vows comes as a Jesuit completes his first two years of formation in the novitiate and signifies his “entrance into religious life in a vowed way and his commitment to the Society of Jesus,” says Jesuit Father Dave Godleski, delegate for formation and Jesuit life at the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S.
These seven men have experienced a wide-ranging introduction to Jesuit ministries. They have all taken part in the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and have had intensive training in Spanish. Next, they each deepened their faith while providing spiritual support for the sick and dying at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. Finally, each novice immersed himself into the fabric of one of our Jesuit schools.
Unlike most other religious orders, the Society of Jesus’ first vows are perpetual, meaning the man is promising to spend the rest of his life living out poverty, chastity and obedience. For other religious orders, first vows are usually temporary, lasting about two to three years.
With their time at the novitiate complete, these Jesuits will move on to philosophy studies in the U.S. or Canada, either as a scholastic on the path to be ordained to the priesthood or as a Jesuit brother.
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.