Nov. 14, 2019 - From October 21st through the 31st, 21 men and women joined the USA Northeast Province for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage through Portugal, home of St. Anthony of Padua and Jesuits like St. Joseph of Anchieta, Blessed Miguel de Carvalho and the missionary St. John de Britto.
Among the pilgrims were James Skurka, provincial assistant for advancement and communications for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces, and Fr. Rodolfo Casals, SJ, vocation promoter for the Maryland and USA Northeast Jesuit Provinces.
“Our pilgrimage to Portugal offered each many moments of peace and prayer that strengthened all of us as we continue our pilgrimage on Earth,” said Skurka who served as the pilgrimage coordinator for the group.
“While on the road, we spent all of our days together sharing stories and experiences,” said Fr. Casals, who led the group in spiritual direction. “By the time we left Portugal, we were a community that had drawn closer to Christ, and to one another.”
The highlight of the pilgrimage was the visit to the city of Fatima where the shrine of the same name is located. These 21 pilgrims joined others from around the world to visit where the Virgin Mary appeared to a nine-year-old Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
“They each gave themselves generously and courageously to a mystery with no guarantees,” said Fr. Casals of the young Catholics who encountered Mary. “So too, the Fatima pilgrims in 2019 ventured out into an experience of mystery and hardship. We traveled to Fatima, because whatever God had to say to us, had to be said in Fatima, had to be heard in the context of a group of fellow travelers.”
Dec. 1, 2019 - Earlier this year, the Jesuits announced four new Universal Apostolic Preferences. One of these preferences was "To collaborate in the care of our Common Home," a call to protect the environment. To help answer this call, we will be sharing a series of monthly ecology reflections.
Nov. 25, 2019 - Fr. Daniel J. Sullivan, SJ, was called to eternal life on Nov. 22, 2019. He was born on April 22, 1928, in Queens, N.Y., entered the Society of Jesus on August 14, 1950, and was ordained on July 26, 1961, in Innsbruck, Austria. He pronounced his final vows on Feb. 2, 1979 at Fordham University.
Nov. 18, 2019 - Each year on Dec. 3, Jesuits worldwide celebrate the feast of St. Francis Xavier, who was sent to the East by St. Ignatius as a missionary and would travel to India as well as Japan. Dec. 3, 2019, is Giving Tuesday, an opportunity for people to support organizations like our Jesuit province.