Snapshot of the Day: Holy Cross Women for Others

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For the past five years the Holy Cross women's lacrosse team has been volunteering with Catholic Charities and the Worcester County Food Bank to serve those in need. "We want to give back to the community in Worcester and do our part to make sure that everyone has their basic needs met," said Stephanie Ridolfi, head coach of the women's lacrosse team. Click here to read more about how these students strive to be women for others.

For the past five years the Holy Cross women’s lacrosse team has been volunteering with Catholic Charities and the Worcester County Food Bank to serve those in need. “We want to give back to the community in Worcester and do our part to make sure that everyone has their basic needs met,” said Stephanie Ridolfi, head coach of the women’s lacrosse team. Click here to read more about how these students strive to be women for others.

Legacy of the Martyrs: Lives Changed, Causes Embraced

By William Bole

The second in a two-part series marking the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit murders in El Salvador. Read part one here. Additionally, click here to read reflections on the significance of the deaths of the martyrs from Jesuits and their lay people working in the United States.

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Father Dean Brackley, SJ, left Fordham University in New York to work at the UCA in El Salvador after the Jesuits were killed. (CNS photo/Octavio Duran)

There’s a story told by some high-level Jesuits about a revealing moment 25 years ago, involving the worldwide leader of the Society of Jesus and El Salvador’s president. This was in the wake of the shocking murders of six Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her teenage daughter, at a Jesuit university in San Salvador. At the time, President Alfredo Cristiani is said to have told Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, “Father, I hope that this sorry situation won’t lead you to withdraw the Jesuits from El Salvador.”

Those words came from a man who, by all authoritative accounts, was involved at least in the cover-up of the assassinations, which took place during the predawn hours of November 16, 1989. That morning, Cristiani went on national radio to proclaim that left-wing rebels had committed the atrocities. He knew then that his own military command, in fact, had issued the orders to kill, according to a 1993 report by a United Nations-sponsored truth commission. The report also found that the president was with the high command during the hours leading up to the raid. Continue reading

Jesuits Honored at Jubilee Celebration

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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.

Regis Renews Landmark Status

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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.

Read the Summer 2014 Issue of JESUITS Online

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 4.48.55 PMThe Summer 2014 issue of JESUITS magazine is now available. JESUITS is the magazine of the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces, which contains articles about the Jesuits, their colleagues and ministries.

Highlights from this issue include:

  • Thanking our Jesuit Provincials
  • Celebrating Our New Priests
  • Service to God’s People in Jamaica
  • Celebrating Hope in Micronesia
  • Jesuits in Jordan Welcome Pope Francis
  • Remembering the Jesuit Restoration

Click here to read the most recent issue.

If you have never received JESUITS magazine by mail but would like to, please send your name and full mailing address to PJ Williams at pwilliams@jesuits.org.

New Jesuits Enter the Novitiate

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Some of the men who were among the 36 who took the first step in their formation as a Jesuit with their entrance into the novitiate.

Throughout the month of August, 36 men took the first step in their formation as a Jesuit with their entrance into novitiates in California, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York and Montreal. After their entrance day, a man can be referred to as a Jesuit and is considered part of the Society.

Jesuits spend two years in the novitiate, where their activities include classes, daily Mass, group prayer, meeting with a novice director and sharing their faith journey with their fellow novices. After their time in the novitiate, a man will profess First Vows and proceed on to First Studies.

This year’s novices include a diverse group of men from across the United States and Canada. Some of them are recent Jesuit graduates while others have been working professionally for years before responding to the call of the Society.

Click here to read more about these men.

Read the Spring 2014 Jesuits Magazine Online

The Spring 2014 issue of JESUITS magazine arrived in mailboxes over the last few weeks and is now available online. JESUITS is the official magazine of the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces. The magazine contains articles about the Jesuits as well as their colleagues and ministries.

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 2.24.52 PMSome highlights from this issue are:

  • New Province Leadership
  • Drawing Deeper into the Experience of Christ
  • Ministering on the Margins
  • Wisdom of Years: A Lifetime of Service
  • Men and Women for Others

Click here to read the most recent issue.

If you have never received JESUITS magazine by mail but would like to, please send your name and full mailing address to PJ Williams at pwilliams@jesuits.org.