Snapshot of the Day: Fr. Ciancimino Returns to YCHS

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Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ, former provincial of the New York Province (now part of the USA Northeast Province) recently visited Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia and led the annual faculty retreat. By leading the faculty through reflection and prayer, Fr. Ciancimino, helped faculty members to see God's presence in their own individual lives and also in the life of the school. Fr. Ciancimino was responsible for missioning two Jesuits to Micronesia in 2011 to start a Catholic high school on Yap. Within five weeks, YCHS opened for its first freshman and sophomore classes.

Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ, former provincial of the New York Province (now part of the USA Northeast Province) recently visited Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia and led the annual faculty retreat. By leading the faculty through reflection and prayer, Fr. Ciancimino helped faculty members to see God’s presence in their own individual lives and also in the life of the school. Fr. Ciancimino was responsible for missioning two Jesuits to Micronesia in 2011 to start a Catholic high school on Yap. Within five weeks, YCHS opened for its first freshman and sophomore classes.

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

Snapshot of the Day: Jesuit Ordinations 2014

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On June 14, 2014, the Most Reverend Matthew H. Clark, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Rochester, N.Y, ordained Mario Powell, SJ, Sam Sawyer, SJ, and Tom Simisky, SJ, at the Fordham University Church. Bottom row, from left to right: Frs. Sam Sawyer, SJ, Mario Powell, SJ, and Tom Simisky, SJ. Top row, left to right, V. Rev. David Ciancimino, SJ, then provincial of the New York Province, V. Rev. James Shea, SJ, then provincial of the Maryland Province, Bishop Matthew H. Clark and V. Rev. Myles Sheehan, SJ, provincial of the New England Province.

On June 14, 2014, the Most Reverend Matthew H. Clark, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Rochester, N.Y, ordained Mario Powell, SJ, Sam Sawyer, SJ, and Tom Simisky, SJ, at the Fordham University Church. Bottom row, from left to right: Frs. Sam Sawyer, SJ, Mario Powell, SJ, and Tom Simisky, SJ. Top row, left to right, V. Rev. David Ciancimino, SJ, provincial of the New York Province, V. Rev. James Shea, SJ, provincial of the Maryland Province, Bishop Matthew H. Clark and V. Rev. Myles Sheehan, SJ, provincial of the New England Province. For more information on each ordinand, visit Friday’s blog post here: https://inourcompany.org/2014/06/13/celebrating-jesuit-ordinations/.

Yap Catholic High School Celebrates Class of 2014

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To celebrate the accomplishments of these young men and women, family members presented the graduates with flower leis; many wore dozens of leis before the day was through.

On May 31, 2014, Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia graduated its first class of six seniors.

In addition to the teachers, students, friends and family that were present at the graduation, V. Rev. David Ciancimino, SJ, New York Province provincial flew to Micronesia to take part in the celebration. Fr. Ciancimino was responsible for missioning Frs. Michael Corcoran, SJ, and John Mulreany, SJ, to Micronesia in 2011 to start a Catholic high school on Yap. Within five weeks, the two Jesuits, along with two volunteer teachers, welcomed 35 students into the first freshman and sophomore classes.

Earlier this year, Fr. Corcoran announced that all members of the YCHS Class of 2014 were accepted into 4-year colleges in the U.S., with many receiving generous scholarship support.

View a gallery from the day below:

Fordham Honors Philippine Cardinal

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Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, at the Fordham University Church

On March 28, Fordham University honored Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, at a Mass and celebration where he was presented with a doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa. The Cardinal has worked hard to advocate for the poor and to serve as a spiritual leader for Filipino Catholics.

Initially, the Cardinal admitted that he was hesitant to receive such an honor. “Why am I being recognized? What have I done?” he stated in an interview with the Filipino news station Balitang America. Continue reading

Taking Flight: Visiting the Jesuit Works of Micronesia

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Fr. Ciancimino with Fr. Wayne Tkel, SJ, religion teacher at a local high school, and Fr. Greg Muckenhaupt, SJ, director of schools for the diocese of the Caroline Islands.

Photos give glimpses of the love, joy and the spiritual richness that seems to be visible around nearly every corner of Micronesia, the string of Pacific Ocean island nations visited recently by V. Rev. David Ciancimino, SJ.

But shared memories from the trip, unpacked over the last few weeks, say even more.

A room full of young people eager with questions about Jesuit vocations. A family who delivered a basket of local food and fruit that would last for days as their way of expressing deep gratitude for a Jesuit who celebrated a family funeral. High school students willing to pick up machetes and pickaxes to clear land for a new classroom. A local dignitary fighting back tears while speaking about the ways Jesuits and volunteers have impacted local lives by opening a Catholic high school that had been discussed and dreamed of for decades. Countless local leaders and two Micronesian presidents who are the products of Jesuit education on the islands. Continue reading

A Letter from Fr. David Ciancimino, SJ

Below is the letter from Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J., Provincial of the New York Province, to the Jesuits of the Province encouraging participation in the day of prayer and fasting for peace called by Pope Francis.

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Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J., Provincial of the New York Province of Jesuits

Dear Brothers and Friends in the Lord,

Peace of Christ.

With the mounting violence in Syria and threats to peace in many parts of the world, Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace this Saturday, September 7.  I encourage you to participate in this worldwide gesture of solidarity.

Below is an excerpt from the Holy Father’s Angelus appeal:

“…All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace. I make a forceful and urgent call to the entire Catholic Church, and also to every Christian of other confessions, as well as to followers of every religion and to those brothers and sisters who do not believe: peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity!
I repeat forcefully: it is neither a culture of confrontation nor a culture of conflict which builds harmony within and between peoples, but rather a culture of encounter and a culture of dialogue; this is the only way to peace. May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and be let themselves be led by the desire for peace.
To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative. On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here…, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.
Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love. She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children! Help us, Mary, to overcome this most difficult moment and to dedicate ourselves each day to building in every situation an authentic culture of encounter and peace. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!…”  – Pope Francis

From our earliest days, one of the principal works of the Society of Jesus has been that of reconciliation.  With that in mind, I ask that we all join Pope Francis in his prayer for peace.

Gratefully in our Lord,

Fr. David S. Ciancimino, S.J.