Dear Friends,

Among Christmas carols, the story of Silent Night is a classic. The organ at St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf, Austria, was broken, but the creative assistant pastor, Fr. Josef Mohr, was determined to have music at Christmas Mass. He wrote a poem and asked organist Franz Xaver Gruber, to compose a melody. On Christmas 1818, Silent Night was first sung to the accompaniment of a guitar. As Paul Harvey used to say on the radio: “Now you know the rest of the story!”

We’d like to share the rest of our story. One of the major responsibilities of the USA Northeast Province – not only at Christmas but also throughout the entire year – is caring for Jesuits at all stages of their lives. 

Fr. Louis Grenier, SJ, was acknowledged at the Jesuit GALA in April; at age 98, he is the longest-serving Jesuit in the United States.
The nine men who entered our novitiate in Syracuse this year and those who are in various stages of formation are eager to continue their journey toward living great lives in the service of others. After decades of active ministry, senior Jesuits similarly provide tremendous inspiration. Fr. Louis Grenier, SJ, spent much of his 80 years as a Jesuit serving in Jamaica. Today, at age 98, he needs a walker and special care. Fr. Grenier recently moved to Campion Center, our health care community located in Weston, Mass. He is one of many reasons we need your help. 

The grace-filled formation experiences that Jesuits take part in and the skilled care and assistance they require later in life are funded by the Jesuit province and the generosity of others.

We humbly ask for your prayers, encouragement and financial support. During this season of generosity, please consider a Christmas gift to support these men.

This year, when you hear the strains of Silent Night, think of the Jesuits and offer a prayer, as we do for you. May the blessings of the newborn Child of Bethlehem be with you and your family during the Christmas season and throughout the entire New Year!

Gratefully in Our Lord,

Rev. Charles B. Connolly, S.J.
Director of Donor Relations
    Rev. James F. Keenan, S.J.
Director of Donor Relations

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