2015: A Year in Review

With the close of 2015, we invite you to view some of the news stories that captivated and engaged our readers. From the Pope’s visit, to Jesuit ordinations to generations of Jesuit high school alumni gathering for Turkey Bowl football games, this has been a banner year for the Jesuits and our colleagues throughout the Northeast. 

Thousands of friends connected with the Jesuits during this exciting first year of our new USA Northeast Province. By visiting our webpage, interacting with our Facebook and Twitter channels, subscribing to JESUITS magazine or by taking the next step and joining a parish community or taking part in our retreat ministries, you are affirming the work we do in service to God’s people in so many places. Please continue to visit for tons of Jesuit news in the upcoming year, and feel free to share our site with friends, family member and loved ones who would like to connect with the Society of Jesus.


Pope Francis' Visit to the United States

After months of anticipation, Pope Francis' arrival in the United States was welcomed with joy and excitement. Not long after touching down, pictures and stories started appearing on social media from Jesuits, students, alumni and lay collaborators waiting to greet him. Whether attending his first Mass in Washington, DC or participating in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis’ message and projection of peace seemed to transform all who experienced his presence. Click here to read more.

A huge billboard near Madison Square Garden features Pope Francis’ image. Photo by Patrick Verel/Fordham.


Year of Consecrated Life

Pope Francis named 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life, a global celebration to encourage a spirit of renewal for men and women in religious life. The year marked a time to express thanksgiving for their service and invite Catholics to learn more about and consider a religious vocation. In response to this call, the East Coast Jesuit Vocation office produced a series of weekly reflections from 52 Jesuits on what their vocations mean to them. The full series of reflections can be viewed here.


Jesuit Ordination 2015

Jesuits Dennis Baker, Brent Otto, John Peck, and Sean Toole were ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Matthew H. Clark, retired bishop of Rochester, N.Y., on June 13, in the Fordham University Church. Hundreds of friends, family members, loved ones and fellow Jesuits gathered as these four men took a major step in their lives of service to the Lord. Their call to priesthood in the Society of Jesus required them to undergo extensive training — from the moment they entered the Society as novices to when they’re ordained — a process that can take anywhere from eight to twelve years.


Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola 

For the feast of the Society’s founder, St. Ignatius Loyola, the province office designed an infographic depicting his life. After his injury in battle, the Basque nobleman spent weeks convalescing and underwent a conversion that would eventually lead to the founding what would become the biggest religious order in the Catholic Church. We believe that this resource is useful for both those familiar and unfamiliar with the life of the saint. Click here to view the infographic.




Fr. Chuck Frederico, SJ: Bringing People to the Table

“When I celebrate Mass, it’s so important to bring people to the table. And it’s the same sense of hospitality that I feel when I’m cooking and want to bring my friends and family together to have a meal,” said chef-turned-Jesuit Fr. Chuck Frederico the vocation director for the Maryland and USA Northeast Jesuit Provinces.  For Fr. Frederico, sharing great meals and caring for souls are both about gathering people together. Click here to read the full article about Fr. Frederico and his vocation.

Fr. Frederico grilling for his Jesuit brothers on the Feast of St. Ignatius.


Jesuit Turkey Bowl

Jesuit schools are steeped in tradition, dating back to the lessons St. Ignatius Loyola outlined for the early Jesuits in the 1530s. A more recent tradition has been to don school colors and wait for the kickoff of annual Jesuit high school Turkey Bowl games. This year we saw the Loyola Blakefield Dons take on Calvert Hall Cardinals, a match-up that goes back 95 years. Click here to read more about this and other Jesuit football traditions.


Recent News

Nov. 8, 2019 - Pope Francis recently addressed 210 participants in the congress of the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, accompanied by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa SJ.

Nov. 6, 2019 - Last month, hundreds of Jesuit-educated alumni and friends of the Society gathered at 23 parishes and schools for the fifth annual Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday Masses.

Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., is appointed the first provincial for the Jesuits USA East Province. He will assume office on July 31, 2020.

Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, has officially decreed the uniting of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces into one USA East Province, effective July 31, 2020.

The Jesuits of Washington, D.C. joined together at Georgetown’s Dahlgren Chapel to celebrate those with jubilee years in the Society of Jesus.

October 10, 2019 — Jesuits urge Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan to promote moral and ethical treatment of migrants.

Youth preparing for Confirmation at St. Peter Church in Charlotte, NC, helped plant 300 trees as part of the Season of Creation - Feast of St. Francis.

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