On October 24 and 25, Jesuits and educators from the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces met at Fordham Prep in the Bronx for the third Jesuit Colloquium. The Colloquium gives educators a chance to develop stronger Ignatian communities … Continue reading →
Today is the feast of Saint Alphonsus Rodriguez, SJ, a Jesuit lay brother who was a porter at the Jesuit college in Majorca.
Born in Segovia, Spain, July 25, 1532; died at Majorca, October 31, 1617. Alphonsus Rodriguez was a Jesuit lay-brother who entered the Society at the age of 40. He was the son of a wool merchant who had been reduced to poverty when Alfonso was still young. At 26 he married Mary Francisco Suárez, a woman of his own station, and at 31 found himself a widower with one surviving child, the other two having died previously. From that time he began a life of prayer. On the death of his third child his thoughts turned to a life in some religious order. Previous associations had brought him into contact with the first Jesuits who had come to Spain, Peter Faber, SJ, among others. It was apparently impossible to carry out his purpose of entering the Society, as he was without education, having only had an incomplete year at a new college begun at Alcalá by Francis Villanueva. At the age of 39 he attempted to make up for this deficiency by following the course at the College of Barcelona, but without success. After considerable delay he was finally admitted into the Society of Jesus as a lay-brother on January 31, 1571. He was sent to the recently-founded college at Majorca, where he remained in the humble position of porter for forty-six years, exercising a marvelous influence on the sanctification not only of the members of the household, but upon a great number of people who came to the porter’s lodge for advice and direction. Among the distinguished Jesuits who came under his influence was St. Peter Claver, SJ, who lived with him for some time at Majorca, and who followed his advice in asking for the missions of South America. He was declared Venerable in 1626. His canonization took place September 6, 1887. His remains are enshrined at Majorca.
On Oct. 24 and 25 over 700 Jesuit secondary and middle school educators from the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces met at Fordham Prep for the Jesuit Colloquium. The colloquium was a chance for educators to interact with their peers through prayer and discussion. Pictured from left to right are Fordham Prep principal Robert Gomprecht, Canisius High School president Fr. Joseph Costantino, SJ, guest speaker Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ, Provincial of the East African Province, Fordham Prep President Fr. Christopher Devron, SJ, Xavier High School President Jack Raslowsky and Fr. James Croghan, SJ, director of Ignatian Identity Programs at Regis High School.
Brooklyn Jesuit Prep is a Jesuit middle school serving low-income families of diverse ethnicities and faiths in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Their mission is to develop young leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to doing justice. They achieve this goal through a rigorous academic program, an extended school day, a summer leadership camp and a graduate support program. In this way, they break the cycle of poverty and further the Jesuit tradition of molding men and women for others. Watch the video below to learn more about Brooklyn Jesuit Prep:
On Saturday, October 19, Jesuit scholastics at Loyola University Chicago squared off against the Loyola University softball team in the third annual “Jesuit Fall Classic.” For the first time in the event’s history, the Jesuit team edged out a come-from-behind victory over the Ramblers with a final score of 4-3. Jesuit scholastics from the three East Coast provinces who played in the game were: Adam Rosinski (Maryland), Chris Grodecki (Maryland), Jason Downer (New York), and Steve Nicholson (New England).
Hundreds marched through the streets of El Progreso, Honduras, on Sept. 14 to honor the life of Jim (Guadalupe) Carney, S.J., of St. Louis, Mo. (Credit: Radio Progreso)
Last month the Jesuits of Honduras and some of their collaborators in ministry—staff members of Radio Progreso and ERIC, a social research and advocacy organization—organized a march and liturgy to celebrate the life and work of Jim “Guadalupe” Carney, S.J. The gathering marked the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Padre Guadalupe, a Jesuit from the Missouri Province who stood with poor farmers of Honduras against the powerful and wealthy—a struggle that remains relevant for campesinos even today.
I was fortunate to attend the celebration as a member of a delegation sponsored by the Jesuits’ national office in Washington, D.C. We traveled throughout Honduras from Sept. 8-15 to learn more about Jesuit ministries in the country and how local communities are responding to the many challenges facing the country at this time. Luke Hansen, S.J., an associate editor of America, also participated in the delegation and wrote two reflections from Honduras: “Report from Honduras” (9/12) and “A Dark Night in Honduras” (9/13). (Photos are available here.) Continue reading →