March 23, 2015 – On Friday, March 20, 2015, Dr. Linda LeMura was inaugurated as the 14th president Le Moyne College. Not only is she the first laywoman to be elected president of Le Moyne but is also the first laywoman to lead any Jesuit college or university in the United States.
March 19, 2015 – Sunday, March 22, marks World Water Day, a day celebrated annually since 1993 by the United Nations to raise awareness of unequal access to accessible, clean water for consumption, sanitation and daily use. The focus for World Water Day 2015, reflected in the UN World Water Development Report which will be released on March 22, is Water and Sustainable Development.
March 17, 2015 - Nativity Preparatory School celebrated a quarter century of teaching boys from Boston to prepare, persist, and succeed. Photos, video and more from the 2015 Spirit Dinner, which recognized Margaret Florentine, provincial assistant for secondary and pre-secondary education for the USA Northeast Province.
After the election of Pope Francis, vocation directors saw an increase of men interested in joining the Society of Jesus. In response to this, Jesuits like Fr. Chuck Frederico, SJ, are working to provide new and innovative programs to help men determine if this is where God is calling them. Above, he meets with Xavier High School leaders helping to build a culture of vocation at the school.
March 12, 2015 – From March 1st to March 8th, the Fordham University community engaged in a Week of Reflection on Race Relations in America. Invited by Father Joseph McShane, SJ, president of Fordham, faculty, students, and administrators reflected on issues of racial justice in America through a series of events held across the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses.
March 12, 2015 – This year the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is celebrating 35 years of responding to the needs of men, women and children around the world. Also this year, Fr. Thomas Smolich, SJ, has left his role as president of the Jesuit Conference to JRS international director.
March 9, 2015 – Fr. William McGarry, SJ, 86, has spent a lifetime serving in Micronesia and throughout the Pacific. In a recent reflection, he shared profound insights on aging and spirituality, and how Jesuit life is changed but never taken away.
March 6, 2015 – On Mar. 5, 2015, Cardinal Edward Egan, archbishop emeritus of New York, passed away at the age of 82. Cardinal Egan had served as Archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009. Edward Cardinal Egan, an alumnus of the Gregorian University, was a loyal friend to the Society of Jesus in this country and other parts of the world. He visited many Jesuit parishes and schools when he served in the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn. and the Archdiocese of New York.
February 20, 2015 – On February 9 and 10, Ignatian identity directors from Jesuit middle and high schools along the East Coast gathered at Xavier High School for their annual meeting. Representatives from 23 schools from Boston to D.C. came together to pray about, reflect on, and discuss ways to deepen the Ignatian identity of their institutions.
February 19, 2015 – Fr. Stephen Katsouros, SJ, will serve as dean and executive director of Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, set to open this August as the world’s first Jesuit community college. The college will provide students with the same liberal arts curriculum offered at the Loyola University, but at a more affordable cost.
February 19, 2015 – Founded in the summer of 2002, Regis High School’s REACH Program (Recruiting Excellence in Academics for Catholic High Schools) serves academically gifted Catholic middle school boys in the New York City area whose families demonstrate financial need. The REACH Program’s Winter 2015 newsletter profiled Chris Chavez, a 2007 REACH graduate, to find out where his journey post-REACH has taken him.
February 17, 2015 – Just eight years after the signing of the emancipation proclamation, a Holy Cross educated Jesuit, born to a black slave mother and Irish farmer father would serve as one of the most important presidents in the history of Georgetown University.
February 13, 2015 – Regis High School in New York City has announced that their next president will be Fr. Daniel Lahart, SJ. During last summer, current president, Fr. Philip G. Judge, SJ, announced that he would step down as president after the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. After a nation-wide search, Fr. Lahart was unanimously selected to serve as his successor. Fr. Lahart has spent the last 14 years as president of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, Texas. Fr. Lahart will begin his work as 22nd president of Regis next year in the fall of 2016.
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.