Lecture: Urban Poverty in Camden, NJ

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Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ

Fr. Jeff Putthoff, SJ, will be presenting a lecture, Does Hope Work? Meeting Christ at the Frontier of Urban Poverty in Camden, New Jersey at Le Moyne College in Syracuse on February 5 at 7 p.m.

Fr. Putthoff is the founder and executive director of Hopeworks ‘N Camden. Based in Camden, NJ, Hopeworks focuses on helping underserved youth break the cycle of poverty. Camden is one of the most impovershed cities in the country, with a median family income of $24,612.

The talk will focus on Fr. Putthoff’s work to fight poverty as well as his spiritual journey. “Here at Hopeworks, we desire to create a community of support, care and love that allows for Hopeworks youth to thrive,” he mentions in a blog post.

The event is free and open to the public. Click here to read more. 

Previewing Life as a Jesuit

Source: Jesuit Vocation Office

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Fourteen candidates in discernment for the Jesuits participated in the 2014 Ciszek Hall “Come and See” Weekend from January 24-26. The weekend was a mix of prayer, apostolic service and communal living with the Jesuits of the 83rd Street residence in Manhattan, as well as with the Jesuits in formation at Ciszek Hall in the Bronx. This program is one of many designed to give those who may be called to the Society of Jesus a chance to explore this vocation.

Click here to view photos from the weekend.

PODCAST: Fr. Keenan on Theological Ethics

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Fr. James Keenan, SJ, of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Fr. James Keenan, SJ, of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry recently participated in a podcast for America magazine, focusing on his role in establishing the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church project. The project came together as a way for teachers of theological ethics to meet and discuss their work. Up until that point most people working in theological ethics had not had the chance to meet one another.

“Because we teach ethics, theological ethics, we have a lot of interlocutors. Some of them are in medicine, some are in business, some are in law…but we really don’t sufficiently talk enough to one another,” Fr. Keenan said. The first meeting of theology ethics educators took place in 2006, and the network has grown since.

Click here to listen to the episode.

A Class Act: Honoring Fr. Dunn

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To mark 50 years since graduating the College of the Holy Cross, members of the school’s Class of 1963 renamed a reception room in honor of their former teacher, Fr. Charles J. Dunn, SJ.

Fr. Dunn began his tenure at Holy Cross in 1960, serving as dean of men. He currently serves as vice president emeritus and associate director of gift planning

“Fr. Dunn expected us to be gentlemen at all times,” said 50th Reunion Gift Chair Dennis Golden ’63. “He was a model for me for personal conduct, leadership, management, astute observations and wisdom. He expected us to know the rules and to follow them. If you didn’t, you’d be called down to his office. There you found out exactly who was in charge. Fr. Dunn was in charge.”

Click here to read more.

Canisius College’s Winter Service Week

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A group shot of a Canisius service group in New Orleans.

Earlier this month (January 3 through 11) Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., held its Winter Service Week. Organized by the Office of Campus Ministry, the week gave students an opportunity to go on service trips to help those in need. These trips attracted a total of 50 students, staff and faculty members. The service week has four cornerstone values, which are simplicity, social justice, solidarity and spirituality.

The group was divided throughout eight sites stretching from Syracuse to New Orleans. Students who traveled to New York City were able to collaborate with Jesuit works. Some helped with tutoring and after school programs at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep while others worked with students from Le Moyne College to help at Mercy Center in the South Bronx.

Click here to learn more about the service week.

Hanging Out With Jesuit Father Jim Martin

Source: The Jesuit Collaborative

Last week, Fr. James Martin, SJ, hosted The Jesuit Collaborative’s first-ever Google Hangout on the topic of Prayer. TJC sponsored the video and web discussion in conjunction with America Magazine, where Fr. Martin serves as editor-at-large.

The Hangout, titled How Do You Pray, consisted of a fruitful and honest discussion on how prayer impacts our daily lives. Participants were asked to share ways they each pray, which gave us a wonderful look at differences and similarities we all share in our conversations with God.

For more information on future Google Hangouts be sure to visit jesuit-collaborative.org

Honors Awards in Micronesia

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On January 17, Yap Catholic High School in Micronesia awarded students for their hard work during the year’s second quarter. Three students were awarded with first honors, eighteen were awarded with second honors (pictured above) and twenty-two students were awarded for perfect attendance.

On January 17, Yap Catholic High School in Micronesia (a work of the New York Province) awarded students for their hard work during the year’s second quarter. Three students were awarded with first honors, eighteen were awarded with second honors (pictured above) and twenty-two students were awarded for perfect attendance. Click here to view more photos.