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.
February 12, 2015 – On Feb. 4, Fr. Philip L. Boroughs, SJ, president of the College of the Holy Cross, officially announced the launch of Catholics & Cultures, an online resource which explores the different ways in which Catholics throughout the world practice their faith.
February 12, 2015 – David B. Couturier, OFM Cap., was the keynote speaker at a Feb. 5 program, Slave Labor + Consumerism, co-sponsored by St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius Loyola parishes in Manhattan. An engaging and dynamic speaker, Fr. David provided an overview of corporate human trafficking and challenged his audience, addressing our power as consumers. He demonstrated how items we buy each day may come from a supply chain built on forced labor.
February 10, 2015 – Fr. John Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province, recently spent two weeks visiting some of the Jesuits, people and works in the Federated States of Micronesia. The region, which is a community of the USA Northeast province, has long been a home to priests, scholastics and volunteers from the United States who have served the pastoral, spiritual and educational needs of the people of Micronesia.
February 6, 2015 – It all began in Chicago in 1998 when Fr. Bill Creed, SJ, was asked by his provincial to find a way to make the Spiritual Exercises available to the economically disadvantaged. Along with Ed Shurna, executive director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Fr. Creed developed a format for providing Ignatian retreats to men and women who are homeless and in recovery from addiction. The Ignatian Spirituality Project (ISP) is now a national network with overnight retreat programs in 26 cities across the United States and Canada.
February 5, 2015 – The Jesuit Collaborative, a ministry that helps the people of the Maryland, and USA Northeast Provinces grow closer to God through prayer, retreats and spiritual formation, is currently recruiting participants for next year's Contemplative Leaders in Action Program.
February 3, 2015 – Pope Francis has recognized slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyr who was killed because of his faith. During his time as archbishop, he used his homilies to speak out about the social injustices going on in the country. He was critical of the El Salvador government and called on Christians to serve the poor. His faith drove him to seek justice for his fellow men and women. It is because of this faith that March 24, 1980 he was assassinated during a Mass that he was celebrating.
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.
January 29, 2015– The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has announced that British politician and former education minister, Sarah Teather, will join the staff as part of the International Advocacy team this June. In her new role as advocacy adviser for JRS, Teather will work toward providing education for refugee children the Middle East and South Sudan.
January 28, 2014 – According to a study published by Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Hispanic men and women account for 70% of the growth of the Catholic population in the United States since 1960. Today, innovative programs coordinated by The Jesuit Collaborative are working to harness the momentum of this fast-growing group of believers and offering them new ways to embrace Ignatian spirituality.
January 22, 2015 – True to the vision of St. Ignatius Loyola, our founder, Jesuits today continue to change lives around the world. Two dedicated Jesuit friends, volunteers and donors first encountered the Jesuits overseas, and as members of the advancement leadership board of the USA Northeast Province, they reflected on the lasting impact that the Society of Jesus has had on their lives.
January 12, 2015 – On Thursday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m. Jesuit Connection, a program for young professionals interested in Ignatian teachings and values, will host Pizza and a Pint and Ignatian Conversation. The discussion will focus on what the participants can do to make things new in faith and spiritual lives in the New Year.
January 9, 2015 – Pope Francis announced the selection of 20 new cardinals, 15 of whom are eligible to vote for a papal successor. While the additional five cardinals are too old to vote, according to Pope Francis they are, “distinguished for their pastoral charity in the service of the Holy See and of the Church.”
January 8, 2015 – Following a nation-wide search, Fr. Jeffrey P. von Arx, SJ, president of Fairfield University, has announced that Fr. Thomas Simisky, SJ, will be the next president of Fairfield Prep starting on July 1, 2015.
December 22, 2014 - Did you know that you can reduce your taxes by making a gift from your IRA to the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus? The IRA Charitable Rollover permits individuals who are 70½ to rollover up to $100,000 from their IRA to charity free from federal income tax.
December 18, 2014 - The Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities has awarded the Vocation Office of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus with a $50,000 grant for the 2015 Candidacy Program. This grant will be used to expand and enrich programs that provide various opportunities for candidates discerning a Jesuit vocation.
December 17, 2014 – The Ed Sullivan Show was famous for highlighting bands such as the Beatles but it also hosted lesser known musical groups like the Woodstock Jesuit Singers. The group was composed of men in the Society of Jesus who sang and produced a record to help support the seminary in Woodstock, Md.
December 10, 2014 – In honor of his hard work and 40 years of service, Br. Donald “Don” Murray, SJ, was inducted into Boston College High School’s 2014 Athletics Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have supported the school's athletics program over the years. Br. Don, as he is known by friends and family, was one of the nine honorees to be inducted that evening.
December 7, 2014 – Jesuit Connection, a program for young professionals who want to stay connected with Jesuit teachings and values, held its Annual Advent Mass and Reception. The event took place at the newly renovated St. Mary’s Chapel at Boston College. Fr. Peter Folan, SJ, celebrated.