400 Years of Jesuits in Vietnam

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Father General Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, concelebrated the anniversary Mass for 3,000 people gathered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

On Sun., Jan. 18, over 3,000 Catholics gathered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to participate in the concluding Mass marking the arrival of the first Jesuits in Vietnam 400 years ago. The event culmination of a year-long celebration that started last January when Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam, celebrated the opening Mass. That Mass had a congregation of over 1,500 with over 100 additional priests concelebrating. This year’s closing Mass included Father General Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, as one of 14 concelebrants, and main celebrant Jesuit Bishop Cosmas Hoang van Dat of Bac Ninh located in the north of Vietnam near Hanoi.

The Jesuits who arrived in Vietnam 400 years ago, came after the death of Italian Jesuit missionary Fr. Matteo Ricci. While they had originally intended to go to Japan, they quickly began to befriend the local people by learning their language and culture. Since those Jesuits arrived, Christianity has continued to grow and spread in Vietnam. Additionally, the Jesuit presence there has grown as well. The Vietnam Province is one of the largest Jesuit provinces in the Asian Pacific Jesuit Conference.

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Celebrating the USA Northeast Province

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Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ, is the provincial of the new USA Northeast Province which is home to approximately 550 Jesuits.

After many years of strategic planning, and with the approval of Father Adolfo Nicolás, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the New England Province and the New York Province of Jesuits united to form the USA Northeast Province on December 3, 2014, the Feast of St. Francis Xavier.

Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ, serves as provincial of this new province, which includes eight states and stretches from Maine to New Jersey and beyond to Jamaica, Micronesia and the Middle East. Roughly 550 Jesuits are a part of the new province.

The creation of this new province has been in planning for years as part of the larger reconfiguration of the U.S. Jesuit provinces. The new structure will allow the Society of Jesus to better respond to the changing needs and demographics of the Church.

Fr. Nicolás approved the recommendation that the new province be established on December 3, earlier than the originally planned date of July 31, 2015. “We agree that it is time to move forward with confidence, trusting in God and following our strong desires to be energetic and united in our mission,” said Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ.

The main office of the USA Northeast Province is located in New York City. For friends and benefactors, there will be very little change in their day-to-day relationship with the Society. The Jesuits will continue to have strong ministries that will flourish in the years to come.

“The new province that begins today is a movement of grace in our midst, and while grace sheds light on our next steps, it does not illumine the entire journey,” Fr. Cecero said in a message to his brother Jesuits this week. “That takes nothing less than shared faith, courageous hope and an ardent love for Christ and one another.”

Be sure to visit and bookmark http://jesuitseast.org. The website for the new USA Northeast Province.

 

Upcoming Ignatian Schola Concert: Dec. 7

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Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 1.18.48 PMOn Sunday, Dec. 7, the Ignatian Schola will perform its annual Advent/Christmas concert entitled A Light in the Darkness at St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City. Click here to view the flyer for the concert. All are welcome. Admission is free.

The Ignatian Schola is a Manhattan-based vocal ensemble composed of Jesuits and lay colleagues, which performs an eclectic repertoire of sacred music. For updates from the Schola, be sure to follow them on Facebook here.

Click below to view a video from last year.

Snapshot of the Day: Thanksgiving Day of Service at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit

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On Saturday, November 8, in honor of Thanksgiving, 100 students from Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, joined by their mentors, assembled 1,250 sandwich meals for SafeHouse Outreach. Mentors are volunteers from the community who are matched one-to-one with a student. Mentors email students weekly, come to school and meet them for lunch. Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a Catholic, co-ed, college-prep school and part of the national Cristo Rey Network. The model enables students to gain real-world working experience in a wide range of fields and provides them with valuable professional mentors. Click here to learn more about the work of the recently opened Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School.

In honor of Thanksgiving, 100 students and their Mentors from the newly formed Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School assembled 1,250 sandwich meals for SafeHouse Outreach local ministry. Mentors are volunteers from the community who are matched one-to-one with a student and provide support for students in the classroom or with their corporate jobs. Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit is the 28th Cristo Rey school in the country and is a Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work study experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life. To learn more about Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School visit www.cristoreyatlanta.org.

 

Yap Catholic High School: Sailing for Gold

Mr. Lupo poses with the winning team, The Flying Proas.

Mr. Lupo poses with the winning team, The Flying Proas.

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 Grads are First in Nation for Jesuit Volunteers

A group of Holy Cross graduates who are serving with the JVC Northwest.

A group of Holy Cross graduates who are serving with the JVC Northwest.

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.

Honoring Men for Others: The 2014 Xavier Hall of Fame Dinner

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Hall of fame inductee, and member of the class of 1959, Fr. Daniel J. Gatti, SJ, shares memories from some of his Xavier experiences as student and president.

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