Oct. 20, 2015 – On October 18, four Jesuit parishes in the USA Northeast Province - St. Ignatius Parish in Boston, Mass.; St. Michael’s Parish in Buffalo, N.Y.; St. Francis Xavier Parish in New York, N.Y.; and St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Woonsocket, R.I. – participated in Jesuit Alumni Sunday by having Masses for over 300 Jesuit educated graduates.
Jesuit Alumni Sunday provided opportunities for alumni, joined together in their shared Ignatian heritage, to foster a common bond, while highlighting opportunities for continuing spiritual growth and service to the local and global community. It was an opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet fellow graduates striving to be men and women or others.
“We have been looking for ways to engage our Jesuit alumni base to foster networking and promote a sense of community among them in various cities, as well as to offer information about opportunities for spiritual development and volunteer/service work,” explained Fr. James Miracky, SJ, assistant to the provincial for higher education for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces.
In addition to alumni from local schools in the province, there were alumni from Jesuit schools from the rest of the country reaching as far away as Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University, both located in California.
“I’ve already received inquiries from other parts of the country, such as Ohio, California, and D.C., as to whether there would be Masses held there, so perhaps this could eventually become a national event.”
After a strong start, Fr. Miracky is looking into what can be done to expand province sponsored alumni networking with future events. “Our hope is that we can make this an annual event that may lead to more connections and collaboration across our schools and parishes and promote continued formation for our alumni.”