Cristo Rey President Honored
Fr. John W. Swope, SJ, president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, received the Ignatian Volunteer Corps Baltimore Region’s 2013 Della Strada Award, in recognition of his commitment to the Ignatian values of service to the poor, and of working and educating for a just society. Father Swope received the award, which is named after the first church where St. Ignatius and his early Jesuit companions served the urban poor in the center of Rome, at Loyola Blakefield on
Principal Selected for New Cristo Rey School in Atlanta
Jesuit Father James R. Van Dyke has been named founding principal of the new Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, opening in fall 2014. Fr. Van Dyke, who currently teaches English and religion at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, N.Y., has worked in Jesuit secondary education for 24 years.
Cristo Rey Atlanta is a newly sponsored ministry of the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces of the Society of Jesus. The 500-student school will be part of the Cristo Rey network, which provides low-income students with a rigorous college prep curriculum. Students also participate in a corporate work-study program, which defers tuition costs.
Wheeling Jesuit University Selects Tenth President
Rev. James J. Fleming, SJ, Ph.D., executive vice president of Wheeling Jesuit University, has been appointed the institution's tenth president by the board of trustees, effective July 1, 2013. Fleming joined WJU in 2010 as the institution's first vice president for mission and identity and then chief of staff. He became executive vice president in 2012. He will succeed Mr. Richard Beyer.
Fr. Thomas F. Clifford, SJ Installed at St. Ignatius, Chapel Point
Last Saturday, Feb. 16, Fr. Clifford was installed as pastor by Cardinal Donald Wuerl at St. Ignatius, Chapel Point in Maryland during a Mass at the church. The ceremony was attended by parishioners and Clifford's mother, Anne.
"Pastor and parish go together, just like shepherd and flock go together," said the Cardinal.
|Fr. Thomas Clifford, SJ and the original lock to St. Ignatius Church, on display in the rectory.
Donors Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day at Colombiere Jesuit Community
Fr. Provincial James Shea, S.J. welcomes donors to St. Claude La Colombiere Jesuit Community.
In celebration of the Feast of Saint Patrick, A group of over 40 donors gathered at Saint Claude La Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore, Md. for a Mass and an afternoon of Christian fellowship.
Friday Lenten programming at St. Ignatius Church, Baltimore
Fr. Watters, SJ says Mass at St. Ignatius Church, Baltimore
Each Friday in Lent, St. Ignatius Church will have Mass in the church at 5:30 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross, a simple supper, a film and a discussion.
On Feb. 15, the congregation viewed "Amazed and Afraid The Revelation of God Become Man" from Father Robert Barrons Catholicism series. This series will continue for the rest of Lent, excluding Holy Friday. If you can help with the meal by making soup or salad, or bringing bread or beverages, please contact Diane White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|People gathered after mass for soup, a film and discussion
Fr. James Martin, SJ cites Importance of Humor at St. Paul's College
On Friday, Jan. 25, Fr. James Martin, SJ gave the annual Hecker Lecture at St. Paul's College in Washington, D.C. Fr. Martin, a Jesuit of the New York Province and the culture editor of America Magazine, spoke about the importance of humor as a Christian value and spiritual tool.
Father Martin called humor an essential, but neglected, requirement of Christian spirituality and an essential element of vocation work.
Father Martin described 10 reasons for joy, laughter and humor in the Church. Read more about Fr. Martin's lecture here.
Fr. John B. Woodward, SJ Inspired a Generation of Mathematicians
The Jesuits of the Maryland Province remember in their prayers Fr. John B. Woodward, S.J., who died of congestive heart failure on Jan. 23, 2013, at Manresa Hall at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Penn. He was 87 years old.
Fr. Woodward is best known for teaching mathematics at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. for 32 years from 1962 to 1994. He served on Gonzaga’s board of directors from 1968 to 1971 and again from 1976 to 1984. The school’s mathematics department now bears his name.
Jesuits to Sponsor New Cristo Rey High School in Atlanta
The Jesuits of the Maryland Province are sponsoring a new Cristo Rey high school in Atlanta, which will be the first Jesuit school in the city. The targeted date for the opening of the 500-student school is fall 2014.
Jesuit Father T.J. Martinez, founding president of Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prep School in Houston, has been appointed to the new schools board of directors to help duplicate the success of his school.
Cristo Rey Atlanta will follow the Cristo Rey model, which educates low-income students with a rigorous college prep curriculum. Students also participate in a corporate work-study program, providing them with job experiences and helping to pay tuition costs.
Chairman of the Board Bob Fitzgerald, who has previously served as executive director of the Jesuits Ignatius Retreat Center in Atlanta, called Cristo Rey a beautiful model to break the cycle of poverty that so many kids are caught in.
Jesuit prays at Vice President Biden's Swearing In Ceremony
Fr. Kevin O'Brien, SJ made an invocation at the swearing in ceremony of Vice President Joseph Biden this Sunday, Jan. 20. The Vice President was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. Fr. O'Brien prayed that God "give [Joe] a share of [His] wisdom," "the courage to always do what is right," and "to always know of [His] presence." O'Brien is the vice president of mission and ministry at Georgetown University.
Maryland Province Extends to Georgia and South Carolina
To enhance the apostolic planning and service of the Society of Jesus in the United States, Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J. has transferred the responsibility for the states of Georgia and South Carolina to the Maryland Province from the New Orleans Province effective January 1, 2013.
This change is part of a process that reconfigures the ten existing Jesuit provinces in the U.S. into four. By the year 2020, the Maryland Province will join the New England and New York Provinces into one Province comprising the east coast of the U.S.
The Ignatius House Retreat Center in Atlanta, Ga. is now a ministry of the Maryland Province. Opened in 1960, and located in Sandy Springs suburb of Atlanta, the Center offers group and individually directed retreats, and spiritual direction and counseling all based on Ignatian principles. The Jesuit Collaborative, a tri-province ministry initiative under the direction of Fr. James Conroy, S.J., is working with Ignatius House Retreat Center in Atlanta on developing and expanding Ignatian Spirituality programs in the region.
Jesuit Students to Attend Mass for Life, New Face of Pro-Life Movement
The face of the pro-life movement is changing. Roe v. Wade was once the cause of those who remember when abortion was illegal. Now, 40 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision, the pro-life mantle has been taken up by those who've never known a world without abortion. One glance at the young people who attend the Jesuit Mass for Life in Washington, D.C., confirms that fact.
Fr. Shay Auerbach, SJ participates in "Levantamiento del Niño Dios"
On Saturday, Jan. 12, Fr. Shay Auerbach, SJ participated in "Levantamiento del Niño Dios", a traditional Mexican Catholic custom, at the home of Rigoberto Magaña in Richmond, Va. Over 30 Sacred Heart parishioners gathered to participate.
National Vocations Awareness Week
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has designated January 13 to 19 as National Vocations Awareness Week. Started in 1976, this annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States is dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.
Fr. Chuck Frederico, SJ, offers a reflection, Embrace a Vocation with a Listening Heart for vocations week.
A Jesuit Reflection on the New Year
The link is an edited version of the homily Jesuit Father Pat Earl, pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, N.C., delivered on January 1, 2013, reflecting on the New Year, which coincides with the feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
Fr. William D. Lynn, SJ, dies at age 90
Theology professor taught in schools from Asia to Ohio, spending 28 years at Ohio seminary
Fr. William D. Lynn, SJ, a theology professor whose ministry took him from Woodstock, Md., to Asia, to Ohio, died Dec. 25, in Wernersville, Pa. A Jesuit for 71 years, and a priest for 58, he died on his 90th birthday.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at the Jesuit Center chapel in Wernersville Friday Jan. 4.
Fr. William K. McGroarty, SJ, dies
After ministering at three universities, Fr. McGroarty was spiritual director, counselor
A Mass of Christian burial was offered for Fr. William K. McGroarty, SJ, Nov. 30, at St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church in Woodstock. Fr. McGroarty, who ministered at three universities, led retreats and counseled alcoholics, died of heart failure on Nov. 26, 2012, at St. Claude La Colombiere Residence in Baltimore. A Jesuit for 66 years and a priest for 57 years, he was 93.
Fr. Gerald J. Fitzpatrick, SJ, dies
A teacher and minister in Chile for 25 years, spiritual director pastor in province
A Mass of Christian burial was be offered Monday, Dec. 3, for Fr.
Gerald J. Fitzpatrick, SJ. He died Nov. 27, 2012, of complications
of Crohn’s disease at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia.
A Jesuit for 53 years and a priest for 41 years, Fr. Fitzpatrick, 71, served the
people of Chile for 25 years.
Ignatian Silent Retreat for Latino Leaders 2012
Latino leaders from the Maryland Province gathered for a weekend Ignatian Silent retreat October 12th -14th at the Loyola Retreat House in Faulkner, MD. This was a First Level retreat, “God, Principal and Foundation of my Life”, based on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Through contemplative and meditation prayers, the retreatants are able to understand the presence of God in their lives, feel God’s love and God’s compassion in their daily lives.
Fr. Chuck Frederico, SJ, vocation director for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces of the Society of Jesus, appeared on The Busted Halo Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer on August 21.
The show airs on Sirius XM Satellite Radio Channel 129. To listen to the interview, click here.
Time to Celebrate!
Jesuits from Maryland, New England and New York Provines gathered June 8-10 at Fordham University to celebrate the ordination of three new priests and to toast the 2012 Jubilarians — Jesuits who entered the Society of Jesus in 1962.
This year's ordinandi are Cesare Campagnoli, SJ, Maryland; Joseph Marina, SJ, New York; and Matthew Malone, SJ, New England (pictured below with Cardinal Edward Egan, archbishop emeritus of New York).
Many blessings upon all these men for their faith and service.
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Blessings on Jesuit novices!
Three novices pronounced their first vows in the Society of Jesus August 18 in the Madonna della Strada Chapel at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Timothy Casey, Jason Downer and Doug Ray committed their lives in service to the Church and the Society of Jesus and took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience during a Mass celebrated by New York Provincial Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ. Maryland Provincial Fr. Jim Shea, SJ, and New England Provincial Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ. Fr. Tom Feely, SJ, who served as the formation director for eight years, delivered the homily.
From left: Fr. Shea, Fr. Sheehan, novices Timothy Casey, Jason Downer and Doug Ray and Fr. Ciancimino.