Raising Funds for BJP

DSC_0449On March 27th Brooklyn Jesuit Prep (BJP) held a fundraiser at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan. Over 150 supporters came to raise funds for the Jesuit middle school. Thanks to the work of those in attendance, the school’s fundraising goals for the night were met and then surpassed.

“We have a lot to celebrate,” said BJP President Patricia J. Gauvey during the event. “We’re doing amazing things for our students and they’re learning to do amazing things for themselves.”

View photos from the event below. To read more about the work that BJP does, click here.

President Obama meets with Pope Francis

President Obama shares a laugh with Pope Francis as he receives a copy of "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), during their private audience. (CNS/Stefano Spaziani)

President Obama shares a laugh with Pope Francis as he receives a copy of Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) during his visit to the Vatican. (CNS/Stefano Spaziani)

On Thursday March 27, Pope Francis and President Barack Obama had a historic first meeting. The president and the pope discussed major international concerns such as the fight against human trafficking, the increase of economic inequality and care for the poor and marginalized.

Jesuit Father Mike Rogers, who was at the President’s inauguration and the Pope’s election, wrote a reflection about this momentous meeting, focusing on a key ideal that many believe unites both figures.

“What these two men disagree on is well known,” he writes, “But what doesn’t change is that word which has so often been used to describe them both, and the word that lives and breathes in each of us — hope.”

Click here to read Fr. Rogers’ full reflection, published on The Huffington Post.

Teaching in Vietnam

Fr. Schineller poses in front of a statue of Jesus.

Fr. Schineller poses in front of a statue of Jesus overlooking the city of Vũng Tàu in Vietnam.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of Jesuit missionaries arriving in Vietnam and bringing Christianity with them. To start off the year, Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, celebrated a Mass with over 1,500 people in the congregation and over 100 priests concelebrating.

In addition to Christianity growing in the country during the last 400 years, the Jesuit presence there has grown as well. The Vietnam Province is one of the largest Jesuit provinces in the Asian Pacific Jesuit Conference, with 197 Jesuits and an astonishing 200 serious Jesuit candidates.

In the tradition of Jesuits coming to the country, Fr. Peter Schineller, SJ, traveled to Vietnam from February 8 through March 3 to teach theology. This was his second time visiting to teach – he first came to Vietnam in 2011 after Fr. Ai Pham, SJ, dean of the faculty of theology at St. Joseph Scholasticate requested help. In 2014 Fr. Schineller returned to Vietnam at the request of Fr. Pham. “His request and my own desires coincided so I went back,” said Fr. Schineller. “My main job in past has been teaching theology, at Chicago, at Boston and in Nigeria. Teaching is deeply in me and I can teach a variety of subjects.”

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Come Celebrate with Us! The 2014 Jesuit GALA

Join us on May 1, 2014 as we honor Kathleen M. McGillycuddy and support the ministries of the Jesuits.

Enjoy this short GALA video, click on the links below to learn more about this year’s honoree and take advantage of our online GALA registration.

On behalf of the New England Provincial, Rev. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, thank you for all you do in collaboration for and with the Jesuits.


Snapshot of the Day: Scranton Day of Service


Several alumni from the University of Scranton spent a service day at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx spending time with the elderly and infirm Jesuits there. Pictured above with the alums are Fr. Robert Haus, SJ, (left) Fr. Paul Dugan, SJ, (seated) and Fr. William McCurdy, SJ, (right).

Several graduates  from the University of Scranton spent a service day at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx, spending time with the elderly and infirm Jesuits there. Pictured above with the graduates are Fr. Robert Haus, SJ, (left) Fr. Paul Dugan, SJ, (seated) and Fr. William McCurdy, SJ, (right).


Finding Justice for Martyrs

An image of the eight martyrs.

In November 1989, members of the Salvadorian army murdered six Jesuits as well as their housekeeper and her daughter. These men and women were some of the many casualties during the Salvadoran Civil War and have since been remembered as the El Salvador Martyrs.

But what of those responsible for this atrocity and the others during that time? For many years it seemed as though those responsible would not be held accountable for their actions. It was not until 2008 that Almudena Bernabeu, director of transitional justice at the San Francisco–based Center for Justice and Accountability, was able to help launch a case against senior Salvadoran officials thought to be responsible for this and other crimes.

Tomorrow, March 25, at Fordham University in New York City, Ms. Bernabeu will present a lecture about her struggle to pursue justice for these war crimes.

Click here to learn more about the event.

Brackets and Beliefs: Coach Dennis Baker, SJ


Baker taught at Xavier High School in New York City for three years where he also coached baseball and basketball.

Cura personalis, the Jesuit maxim for “care for the entire person” is a reminder that humans do not only have a spiritual component that has to be nurtured but a mind and body as well. While Jesuits are often lauded for their roles as educators, theologians and advocates for social justice, they also find themselves in more non-traditional roles.

Dennis Baker, SJ, is an example of a Jesuit in one of these non-traditional roles. The 34-year-old Jesuit scholastic has spent part of his formation working with students as an athletic coach. Baker is currently in his second year of studies for his Master of Divinity degree at Boston College but sports are still a core component of who he is. During the summer of 2013, he visited approximately one-third of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States to study the ways that their athletic programs were pairing with key elements of Jesuit identity.

“I keep in touch with every good coach I ever had, every good teammate I ever had,” said Baker. “And I think that’s true for student athletes across the board.”

Click here to read more about Dennis Baker, SJ, in an article published by the Jesuit Conference.