Jesuit Fr. David Ciancimino Set to Complete Term as Provincial

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“In the past weeks, I have had the chance to review prayerfully the past years and the many blessings and experiences of God’s prevailing grace,” reflected Fr. Ciancimino.

On July 31, the feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola, Jesuit Father David Ciancimino will complete his service as provincial of the New York Province.

Fr. Ciancimino provided tremendous foresight and wisdom in planning for the future realignment of national Jesuit provinces, including the unification of the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces.

As a former administrator at Xavier High School and Canisius High School, he maintained a keen interest in education and strengthened the province’s commitment to educational works, including Jesuit ministries in Micronesia. At the request of Bishop Amando Samo, of the Diocese of the Caroline Islands, Yap Catholic High School was established in 2011 as the first Catholic high school to serve the island of Yap. Today, that school exists as a vibrant community staffed by Jesuits and volunteers who have changed the lives of young people on Yap. Continue reading

Summer Enrichment for Saint Ignatius School

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The five-week long summer enrichment program allows students from Saint Ignatius School to grow socially and academically.

Each summer, students from Saint Ignatius School in the Bronx participate in a five-week long enrichment program at Camp Monserrate in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The St. Ignatius Summer Leadership Program allows students to grow by promoting teamwork, building confidence and teaching leadership. In addition to activities like hiking, swimming and photography, students take daily classes that allow them to hone their math, language arts and writing skills.

Saint Ignatius School is a middle school focused on helping students of promise achieve their potential. In addition to academic growth, Saint Ignatius School also focuses on the spiritual, moral and social growth of each student. Founded in 1995, the school has been helping students from low-income families break the cycle of poverty.

Click here to learn more about their Summer Leadership Program.

A Q&A with Fr. Curry on Life and Work in China

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Fr. Curry poses with several of his students.

America magazine recently published a Q&A with Fr. Terry Curry, SJ, who has been teaching architecture in China since 2009.

While the Chinese constitution guarantees freedom of religion, China imposes certain clauses and limitations to religious practice. Fr. Curry and other foreign Jesuits working in mainland China live and work there as guests and are not engaged in any public, sacramental ministry. Despite the complicated circumstances, he has established meaningful relationships with his students and their families.

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Two Jesuits Join YCHS Summer Staff

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From left to right: Mr. Anggun Sugiyono, SJ, Mr. Pat Nolan, SJ, Fr. Mickey Corcoran, SJ, and Mr. Dennis Baker, SJ.

Two Jesuits in formation, Mr. Dennis Baker, SJ, and Mr. Anggun Sugiyono, SJ, have joined the summer staff at Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia. The summer staff will be responsible for providing for the different needs of each class of students, helping freshmen acclimate to their new environment, tutoring sophomores with their English and math skills, assisting juniors as they prepare for the SAT and giving guidance to seniors who are studying for the SAT and working on their college essays.

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Fr. Malone Discusses the Importance of Branding

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Fr. Matt Malone, SJ, provided insight into how America magazine has been able to stay relevant throughout the years.

Last week Fordham University hosted the 2014 Jesuit Advancement Administrators Conference. The conference was a chance for Jesuits and lay staff members working in Jesuit higher education to share their experience and expertise with their colleagues. One such speaker was Fr. Matt Malone, SJ, editor in chief of America magazine who came to talk about how the 105-year-old Jesuit publication has been able to stay relevant throughout the years.

“The defining characteristic of a modern media organization — the thing that is going to allow it not only to survive, but to prosper in this rapidly-changing media environment — is having a brand,” said Fr. Malone. He used America as an example of an organization which has defined itself as more than just a magazine. He said, it is a forum used to discuss issues of faith and culture with a Catholic point of view. “None of that has anything to do with our platform, that is, whether we’re in print, we’re online, or we have an iPad app,” he said.

Click here to read more about Fr. Malone’s talk on Fordham’s blog.

Summer Academy Begins at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit

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Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School will be the first school in Georgia that is part of the Cristo Rey network.

Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School (CRAJ) opened its doors on July 14, hosting 139 students who are taking part in CRAJ’s summer enrichment academy. The students – along with more than 20 others who are taking summer enrichment programs elsewhere – will make up the first freshman class, which will begin their formal studies on August 4.

A collaborative work of the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces, and the first new educational work of the collective region, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit is located in midtown Atlanta and is the newest addition to the Cristo Rey network of schools. It joins 27 other schools in the nation that provide students from low income families with valuable corporate work experience in addition to education in a college preparatory environment.

All enrolled students at CRAJ will work five days each month at organizations that have established a relationship with the school. As school president, Bill Garrett pointed out recently in an interview on NPR, the students will hold a wide range of positions. Some will serve as tour guides or staff reception desks; others will take on jobs such as translating documents, or positions that are more complicated and which would normally be reserved for someone with a college degree.
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