The New York Province of the Society of Jesus includes all of New York State – and parts of northern New Jersey – but also includes the Federated States of Micronesia, a string of islands in the Pacific Ocean separated by hundreds of miles of water.
Recently, V. Rev. David Ciancimino, SJ, provincial of the New York Province and Fr. Edward Quinnan, SJ, assistant for pastoral ministry, spent several weeks traveling to various islands across Micronesia, visiting Jesuits serving at schools, parishes and other works, while meeting men in formation.
First, they started in Pohnpei where they visited a deacon-led church.
Next, was Chuuk where they visited Xavier High School and met with the five Jesuits that live in community there.
While in Guam they visited Fr. Tom McGrath, the Jesuit who resides at a Catholic cathedral there and works as a chaplain at a nearby hospital.
On Yap they visited the Jesuit-run Yap Catholic High School and the three Jesuits that live in the Jesuit Residence on Yap.
Finally, in Palau they visited three Jesuits that work in a local Catholic high school.
Click here to view a video about the works on the islands of Micronesia. View the gallery below to view photos from the trip.
Outside the Xavier High School (Chuuk) chapel. Pictured are (l.-r) Matthew Lopez, nSJ, Fr. Marc Roselli, SJ, superior of the Jesuit Community of Chuuk, V. Rev. David Ciancimino, SJ, provincial of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus and Fr. Richard McAuliff, SJ, director of Xavier High School, with two scholastics in regency, Thomas Awangga Budiono Surya, and Immanuel Anggun Sugiyono Eko.
Inside one of the school rooms at Yap Catholic High School (Yap). Each of the four classrooms is housed in its own free-standing building.
The exterior of Yap Catholic High School.
Fr. Ciancimino gives Communion to students at Yap Catholic High School.
Yap Catholic High School students, wearing blue school uniform shirts, pose with Fr. Ciancimino.
Pat Nolan, SJ, is doing his regency at Yap Catholic High School, where he serves as teacher, coach and college guidance counselor.
Fr. Marc Roselli, SJ, superior of Jesuit Community of Chuuk, Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ, and Fr. Richard McAuliff, SJ, director of Xavier High School, pose for a photo. Flower headpieces are traditionally presented to visitors in celebration of their arrival.
The student center at Xavier High School includes an assembly and meeting area, along with a computer lab.
Xavier High School’s wrestling team on a field used for athletic practice.
Matthew Lopez, nSJ, and a wrestling coach speak to the team at Xavier High School during wrestling practice. Behind them, a new volunteer house is being constructed. Other popular sports at Xavier include cross-country.
Fr. Richard McAuliff, SJ, director of Xavier High School (with clipboard), and Matthew Lopez, nSJ, (far right) supervise Xavier’s cross-country team.
Jesuit scholastic Immanuel Anggun Sugiyono Eko, Matthew Lopez, nSJ, and Jesuit scholastic Thomas Awangga Budiono Surya, with Fr. Ciancimino outside the Xavier High School chapel.
Fr. Michael Corcoran, SJ, director of Yap Catholic High School, Fr. John Mulreany, SJ, superior of the Jesuit Residence on Yap, Pat Nolan, SJ, and Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ, New York provincial.
Fr. Mosco Sinaga, SJ, Dcn. Francis, Fr. Kelly, Fr. Michael Corcoran, SJ, Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ, Fr. John Mulreany, SJ, and Dcn. Charles gathered outside St. Mary’s Parish on Yap, to mark five years since the deacons were ordained. Fr. Kelly is a diocesan priest who was welcomed as interim pastor of St. Mary’s.
Fr. Ciancimino with Fr. Wayne Tkel, SJ, religion teacher at a local school, and Fr. Greg Muckenhaupt, SJ, director of schools for the diocese of the Caroline Islands.