April 22, 2015 – Forty years ago at Wheeling Jesuit University, Bishops and concerned Catholic community members gathered on campus to formally announce the release of “This Land is Home to Me: A Pastoral Letter on Powerlessness in Appalachia." The document has had a tremendous impact on the direction of Jesuit ministries in Appalachia.
H.E. Asterio R. Takesy, Federated States of Micronesia ambassador to the U.S. (a 1963 graduate of Xavier High School in Chuuk), is serving as honorary chairman for Xavier's typhoon relief efforts. Read a relief update and view the official solicitation letter emphasizing the urgent need for additional support.
April 20, 2015 – Members of three New York City based Jesuit institutions met with the legislative staffs of state senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer to advocate for several pressing faith-justice issues. Students from Xavier High School joined parishioners from the Church of St. Francis Xavier and St. Ignatius Loyola Parish to meet with the senators and voice their concerns over environmental justice, human trafficking, immigration reform, and supplemental nutrition programs.
April 17, 2015 – In addition to attending class four days a week, Cristo Rey New York High School senior Carlos Belmont works one day at the Rockefeller Foundation as part of his school’s work-study program; Dan Dixon, SJ, profiled Carlos to see what life is like for a business savvy 17-year-old aspiring coder.
April 16, 2015 – Two Catholic leaders from New York City will be part of Le Moyne College’s 65th commencement celebration, where they will receive honorary degrees. They are Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, who will present the commencement address, and Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ, the former provincial of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus.
April 14, 2015 – On May 4, St. Aloysius School, a Pre-K through 8th grade independent Jesuit school in Harlem, will honor the work of John Duffy and Fr. James Keenan, SJ, during their 23rd annual scholarship dinner, "Supporting the Future of St. Aloysius School."
More than 920 friends and Jesuits helped make the 2015 Jesuit GALA a very special evening, recognizing the work of the Society, and honoring Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap, who was presented with the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award. Images and more from the event, which took place April 7, 2015, can be found here.
Supplies such as flashlights are needed in addition to financial support as Xavier High School in Chuuk recovers from Super Typhoon Maysak. Read an update from Fr. Thomas Benz, SJ, superior of the Jesuits in Micronesia and learn more about ways to help, here.
April 6, 2015 – Dennis Baker, SJ, Brent Otto, SJ, John Peck, SJ, and Sean Toole, SJ, will be ordained Jesuit priests on June 13, 2015 at the Fordham University Church. More on these Jesuits will be published soon, but read a short glimpse of their life and work here.
April 3, 2015 – With sustained winds of 160 mph, Super Typhoon Maysak struck the Pacific region this week, causing severe damage throughout Micronesia. More information on the storm damage, with ways to provide urgent help can be found here.
April 1, 2015 – For the past few months, the USA Northeast Province has been highlighting the work of Jesuit artists from different disciplines through a three-part series entitled Jesuit and the Arts. “The response of those who have attended each Jesuits and the Arts event has been very enthusiastic,” said Fr. Dennis Yesalonia, SJ, executive director for advancement for the USA Northeast Province and creator of the series. “Jesuits have long used artistic media to enhance the liturgical life of the Church to reveal in human form what is also sacred.”
March 25, 2015 – Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, vocation director for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces visited Brooklyn Jesuit Prep (BJP) as the keynote speaker for the school’s career day. The visit was also an opportunity to teach them about Ignatian Spirituality. “I spoke about using the Examen as a way to keep a daily personal relationship with Christ - who loves each and all of us for who we are and calls each and all of us to serve him uniquely from that relationship,” explained Fr. Frederico.
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.