January 3, 2014 was a significant day for the Society of Jesus. Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Church of the Gesu in Rome for the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. The Mass was also an opportunity to celebrate the canonization of St. Peter Faber as well as the year 2014, which marks the 200-year anniversary of the Restoration of the Society.
Fr. Michael Rogers, SJ, is a Jesuit priest from the New England Province currently living in Rome; he was one of the Jesuits lucky enough to be at this eventful Mass and to meet the pope.
“Today I met one of my heroes, and in the few short words that we exchanged I was left deeply consoled,” Fr. Rogers wrote in a reflection for America magazine. “I was consoled not by the ‘Buon Giorno‘ that passed between us, but by being in the presence of a man whose many actions have over the course of the past nine months challenged me not just to be a better priest, or a better Jesuit, but a better man.”