Japanese Ambassador Visits Xavier Chuuk


Ambassador Masaki Sakai (right) with the wooden canoe given to him by the Xavier High School community.

On September 18, 2014, Xavier High School in Micronesia was visited by the Japanese Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, Masaki Sakai. Ambassador Sakai came to Xavier to talk about the kizuna (Japanese for “strong ties”) between the Federated States of Micronesia and Japan. An example of the kizuna between Xavier and Japan is the Ushiba Scholarship whereby each year one Xavier senior will attend the Jesuit-run Sophia University in Japan with all tuition, room, board, and travel paid.

This event was held at the student center adjacent to the main building, which was previously the Japanese communication center during the World War II. In his lecture, Ambassador Sakai spoke of the economy, vocabulary, population, history, and food of the two countries, all to help illustrate the relationship between Micronesia and Japan. After his lecture, the Xavier community gave him a small wooden canoe as a token of their friendship. The canoe represents the school’s mascot, the Navigator.

The History of the New York Province: Chapters 3 and 4

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 11.44.48 AMContinuing this week, In Our Company will feature the third and fourth downloadable chapters from A Brief History of the New York Province, written by Fr. Arthur Bender, SJ.

Chapter 3 details the first five provincials of the Maryland-New York Province. Chapter 4 delves into the new ventures started by the province, including novitiates and publications.

Please visit In Our Company next week to read the chapter 5 of the province history entitled Between the Wars.

Click here to read Chapter 3: Province Leadership in the First Decades.

Click here to read Chapter 4: A New Century and New Ventures.

Jesuits Honored at Jubilee Celebration


Pictured, back row, from left to right: Jesuit Fathers John Spencer, Thomas Vallamattam, Provincial Myles Sheehan, Martin McDermott, Joseph Duffy. Front row, l-r: Vincent Lapomarda, Peter McIsaac, Clarence Burby, Joseph Bennett.

Family, friends and brother Jesuits gathered for the New England Province Jesuit Jubilee celebration on Sunday, Sept. 14 at Boston College High School. Eight of the twenty-two Jesuits in attendance were marking the milestones of either their entrance into the Society of Jesus or of their ordinations to the priesthood.

The Mass was celebrated by New England Provincial Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ.  Fr. John Spencer, SJ, celebrating 50 years as a Jesuit, was the homilist. At the reception that followed, Fr. Sheehan congratulated the Jubilarians and thanked them for their lives of service to the Church

Click here to read the full list of Jubilarians as well as to view photos from the Mass.

Reflecting on the People’s Climate March

Nick Napolitano, provincial’s assistant for social ministries for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces reflects on attending the Sept. 21 People’s Climate March in New York City, encouraging the next generation to think about their relationship with creation and the Jesuit call for prayer and action.

Nick and his wife, Michelle with their two daughters, Grace (nearly four) and Hannah (one-and-a-half) all participated in the People’s Climate March.

Nick and his wife, Michelle with their two daughters, Grace (nearly four) and Hannah (one-and-a-half) all participated in the People’s Climate March.

As Michelle and I crested the escalator at Columbus Circle coming up from the subway on our way to the People’s Climate March, carrying our two children, we saw a sea of people gathered as a faith contingent literally with an ark at the front of the crowd. There was a mosque, too. These two floats were leading more than 10,000 people of faith gathered together regardless of religious differences, with our shared concern for the future of the planet upon which we all live and worship. Jews, Catholics, Muslims and every stripe of Protestants were joined by Buddhists, Humanists, and Atheists. It was incredible to see the tantamount issue of caring for creation drawing such a diverse group of people.

Our daughters, Grace (nearly four) and Hannah (one-and-a-half), were summarily unimpressed with the crowd (to be fair, Hannah was sleeping), in spite of the host of musicians, singers, and prayers coming from the nearby stage. I’d like to think we have prepared our girls for these moments of social action, using songs from the civil rights era and Gospel music as part of our nightly bedtime routine. But soulful renditions of “We are Marching in the Light of God,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” weren’t enough to excite Grace. After a short nap, Hannah was pretty quick to start dancing in time to the music and clapping along.  Continue reading

Regis Renews Landmark Status


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer addresses the crowd gathered for Regis’s rededication.

On Monday September, 15, 2014, Fr. Philip G. Judge, SJ, president of Regis High School, welcomed a large crowd to witness the rededication of Regis as a New York City landmark. Among the crowd were students, faculty members, local media outlets and politicians including U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

“Regis is a school that teaches values,” said Senator Schumer while addressing the audience. “Values that instill a sense of duty to enrich the lives of others. And that is the inestimable value of a Jesuit education. It’s a holistic education. An education that nurtures the man as well as the mind. And that’s the spirit of the Jesuit order.”

Click here to read more and view videos of the entire ceremony.

The History of the New York Province: Chapter 2

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 12.51.53 PMContinuing this week, In Our Company will feature the second downloadable chapter from A Brief History of the New York Province, written by Fr. Arthur Bender, SJ.

Chapter 2 delves into the creation of the New York Province as well the founding of many of its schools.

Please visit In Our Company next week to read the next two chapters of the province history. Chapter 3 is titled Province Leadership in the First Decades and Chapter 4 is titled A New Century and New Ventures.

Click here to read Chapter 2: The New York (aka Maryland-New York) Province is Born

Click here to read last week’s chapter: The New York-Canada Mission


Celebrating the Start of the School Year

Top: Fr. Cecero celebrating Mass at Canisius High School. Bottom: Fr. Cecero and Saint Peter’s Chairman of the Board, Mr. Phil McGovern, ’76, sign the sponsorship agreement.

Recently, Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ, provincial of the New York Province, celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit for Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, N.J., (September 12) and Canisius High School in Buffalo, N.Y. (September 19).

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is one of the oldest traditions observed by the Society of Jesus, and serves as an invocation of the Holy Spirit to assist all members of the school in their pursuit of knowledge and wisdom for the coming school year. Most Catholic schools, especially Jesuit schools and universities, celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. It is a tradition almost as old as the Society itself, going back to the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily, in 1548.

The Masses also included the signing of sponsorship agreements, which reaffirmed Saint Peter’s and Canisius’ identities as Jesuit schools. At Saint Peter’s, Fr. Cecero joined Board Chairman Mr. Phil McGovern, ’76, and at Canisius he joined Board Chairman Robert Reger ’66, as they signed the document.

These are the First Masses of the Holy Spirit that Fr. Cecero celebrated as provincial of the New York Province.