Remembering Fr. Mark Aita, SJ, physician, associate pastor and professor of medicine
Mark C. Aita, SJ, was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 27, 1949. He
graduated from La Salle High School in Philadelphia and entered the Society of
Jesus at the Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues in Wernersville, Pa. in 1967. He
received a B.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University and his Medical Degree
from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He then completed his
Master of Divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and was
ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 1983.
Fr. Aita would serve his first seventeen
years as a Jesuit priest in Camden, NJ, as the director of St. Luke’s Catholic
Medical Services and as an associate pastor and Superior at Holy Name Church.
He was also a professor of medicine and geriatrics at the Robert Wood Johnson
School of Medicine.
In 2001, Fr. Aita moved to Baltimore to serve
for a year as a medical and pastoral assistant at Loyola College and for
another at Johns Hopkins University as a clinical assistant professor of
medicine. For the next four years, he practiced medicine as a physician at Bon Secours
Baltimore Health System, also teaching at Loyola Blakefield High School for one
of those years.
In 2007, Fr. Aita became the associate
director of the Institute of Catholic Bioethics at Saint Joseph’s University in
Philadelphia and in 2015 began serving at the university as an adjunct professor.
He died on January 11, 2017 at the age of 67.
Join Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, on Sun., Aug. 2 at 4 p.m., for a live, interactive discussion as he shares the Ignatian way of making decisions and the surprising closeness to God it brings, which is needed now more than ever.
June 1, 2020 — “As a black man living in America, the video of George Floyd’s suffocation cues unhealed experiences with police in this country and makes me less optimistic that change between the Black community and the police will soon change."
May 27, 2020 - Now more than ever, we invoke God to wipe away the darkness of anxiety, allowing us to be guided by the light of Christ and to trust in God’s promise of new life. Over the last few months, our Jesuit provinces have been in a place we don’t often find ourselves, a place that saw our schools closed, parishes empty, and the halls of our retreat centers giving new meaning to the word “silent.”
May 12, 2020 - Susan Baber has been named the Associate Provincial Assistant for Secondary Education for the new USA East Jesuit Province. The new province will come into being on July 31, Susan will assume this new role in August.