Jesuits, friends and benefactors share travel notes and more from a meaningful and moving tour of the Holy Land. Over the last week, pilgrimage travelers braved the heat throughout the Holy Land, getting a first-hand glimpse of some of the … Continue reading →
Fr. Chuck Frederico, Vocation Director for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces, celebrated the Solemnity Mass of the Ascension with the Xavier High School community. In his homily, he posed the readings as having the following two themes: a revelation of hope and a call to holiness. He asked the students to reflect on their experience of the school year as they move on to the summer and to recognize God’s hope for their journey in life. He urged them to examine the ways that God calls them toward holiness and emphasized that their reflection on these themes could reveal an invitation by God to serve Christ as a Jesuit.
Jesuits, friends and benefactors share travel notes and more from a meaningful and moving tour of the Holy Land.
Day Three pilgrimage stops included the Church of the Nativity, Nazareth and Lake Galilee.
On our second day we first travelled to Madaba and Mount Nebo, from where Moses saw the Promised Land. After a brief stop in Jericho, we crossed the Allenby Bridge to go from Jordan to the occupied territory. These are the only crossing points where Palestinians can go to the West Bank. We experienced what many Palestinians go through on a regular basis. A short drive that should last less than 30 minutes lasted more than four hours. We went through four check points and experienced the frustration of many people. In the end, Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, offered a prayer for those who live this every day – just to go to work or to meet their families.
On day three, we visited the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, Nazareth and Lake Galilee. Because of the delays at customs we still have not reached Jerusalem yet. Tomorrow we will head north to Jerusalem and after spending most of the day there, we will head back to Jordan through the Allenby bridge.
In addition to working as the director of the Vatican Observatory, Fr. Coyne also founded the Vatican Observatory Research Group in Tucson, Ariz.
In addition to being a priest or brother, many Jesuits use their God given skills to work in a wide range of fields. One such example is Fr. George Coyne, SJ. Not only is Fr. Coyne a priest, but he is also an astronomer who has worked at the Vatican Observatory for more than thirty years.
Fr. Coyne entered the Society of Jesus in 1951 and has worked as the director of the Vatican Observatory since 1978. There he would eventually meet Pope John Paul II who according to Fr. Coyne, “showed a very keen interest in advancing the scientific work of the Vatican Observatory and especially in promoting the dialogue between science and religious faith.”
Fr. Coyne retired from working at the observatory in 2012 and currently teaches astronomy, religion and science at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.
Click here to read more about Fr. Coyne and his work.
Jesuits, friends and benefactors share travel notes and more from a meaningful and moving tour of the Holy Land. Throughout the last two days, pilgrimage travelers have had a whirlwind of travel but arrived safely in Amman. The photos in … Continue reading →
Jerusalem will be one of several sites visited by the pilgrims during their journey.
During the next six days, a group of benefactors and friends of the Jesuits will be traveling throughout the Holy Land to visit Jesuit works in that region, attend Pope Francis’ Mass in Amman, Jordan, on May 24 and tour the historic and religious sites of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Nazareth and elsewhere.
Travelers will include V. Rev. Myles Sheehan, SJ, provincial of the New England Province, Gabriele Delmonaco, vice president for advancement and communications for the New England and New York Provinces; and five benefactors from California, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York. The group will be led by Fr. Michael Linden, SJ, superior of the Jesuit community in Jordan. Continue reading →
Fr. Ralph Rivera, SJ, is chaplain at Xavier High School in New York City.
Fr. Ralph Rivera, SJ, the chaplain at Xavier High School in New York City recently wrote a reflection on vocations. He discusses the parable where Jesus compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a merchant selling everything that he has for a single pearl. Initially this seems like an unwise purchase. Fr. Rivera explains, “The merchant knows the true value of the pearl. He knows it is very special and because he knows this to be so, he knows what he is doing.”
Fr. Rivera states that, like the pearl, living out one’s vocation can bring the most happiness. “Our choice of vocation will determine much in our lives,” he wrote. “To be authentic is to be who we are, and who we are supposed to be”