Three students from Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia, along with their coach, claimed first-place in the canoe race at this year’s 6th Annual Yap Canoe Festival. The winning coach, Alex Lupo, is a science and literature teacher at the school and his crew consisted of Francis Yarofalyang, a sophomore, Decyann Pete, a junior, and Rheena Yirimyad, a junior. The team named themselves “The Flying Proas,” which is a term that was used by early European explorers for the outrigger canoes because they seemed to fly over the seas.
“We had a lead; with the wind at our back, we heard the crowd cheering,” recalled Mr. Lupo on YCHS’s website. “Seeing students and teachers from Yap Catholic High School, Yapese and Outer Islanders smiling gave us a sense of welcome and acceptance, which was great.”
Click here to read more about the race and the winning team.
Holy Cross recently ranked first in the nation for the most graduates to join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest for a year of service. Thirty-one recent graduates are currently serving those in need by combating such social issues as hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence among others.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps is a service organization that focuses on social justice and Ignatian Spirituality by working in 60 locations internationally. The Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest is a separate but similar entity, which was started in the Oregon Jesuit Province in 1956 and works throughout five states in the united States: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
Click here to read more and view the full list of graduates who have decided a year to serving others.
Over 300 guests and alumni gathered at the biannual Xavier High School Hall of Fame Dinner at Pier Sixty in New York City which recognized 11 members of the Xavier community who have lived lives of service by giving back to their community, church, and nation.
The 11 honorees came from various walks of life and while not all were alumni, all were leaders rooted in Ignatian ideals. “We honor tonight eleven men…for giving life to the mission of Xavier,” said Jack Raslowsky, president of Xavier High School, during the dinner. “It is a class of honorees linked together by leadership. In many ways, they are builders – builders of a better world.” Continue reading
By Joseph Petriello
Assistant to Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education
The International Seminar on Ignatian Pedagogy and Spirituality (Seminario Internacional sobre Pedagogía y Espiritualidad Ignaciana – SIPEI) took place at the Cave of St. Ignatius in Manresa, Spain from November 2 to 8. Organized by the Secretariat for Education of the Society of Jesus, SIPEI is a new opportunity to update and renew the dialogue between two essential dimensions of the Society of Jesus and its apostolic works. This international seminar was a continuation of the International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education (ICJSE), which took place in Boston in 2012.
There were 80 experts in Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education who participated in SIPEI, representing 31 countries from the six Jesuit regions throughout the world: North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, South Asia, and Asia Pacific. They met with the following objectives in mind:
- To facilitate dialogue between those dedicated to the educational apostolate and those dedicated to Ignatian Spirituality within the tradition of the Society of Jesus
- To encourage dialogue among some of the most significant contemporary educational trends, Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality
- To contribute to the pedagogical renovation of Jesuit Education within the framework of the construction of a global network of Jesuit secondary and pre-secondary educational institutions.
November is Jesuit Vocation Month and Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, the vocation director for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces has shared a study showing that a large number of Catholics have considered vocations but did not pursued them. During this month we are all reminded to encourage men to consider discerning a vocation to the Society of Jesus.
The Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate published results of a major study done on vocations. The results captivate my passion for vocation work. A section entitled, “Consideration of Priesthood and Religious Life Among Never-Married Catholics” finds that 3% of males have “very seriously” considered a vocation. Statistically that represents “350,000 never-married men.” Think about the ramifications: If only a small percentage of those who have “seriously considered” a vocation eventually took vows or were ordained, the so-called “vocation crisis” would be over. Yet, the vast majority of those who have “very seriously considered a vocation” report in the study that they have never been encouraged by anyone to consider a vocation.
Like any life, priesthood and religious life has its ups and downs. However this is a wonderful life, filled with joy. I love being a Jesuit priest. What a blessing! My friends, if we are going to increase the numbers of those who respond to God’s call to priesthood and brotherhood in the Society of Jesus, We certainly need to pray for that result. But we also need to do more than just pray. We need to speak up. Please make a resolution to encourage just one man to consider our Jesuit life. God is good.
–Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, is the vocation director for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces.
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