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  1. 1. MARYLAND • NEW ENGLAND • NEW YORK PROVINCES SUMMER 2011Service to the Universal Church Service to the Universal Church
  2. 2. SOCIETYOF JESUS V. Rev. James M. Shea, SJ V. Rev. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ V. Rev. David S. Ciancimino, SJ Provincial of Maryland Provincial of New England Provincial of New YorkOur Mission Deepening our Commitmentto the ChurchWe seek to respond to the We were honored to have the Very Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, our Jesuit Superior General,ever-present invitation attend the meeting of the Jesuit provincials of the United States this February inof the Society and our Kingston, Jamaica. The provincials had gathered for their meeting of the U.S. Jesuittradition to keep the goal Conference Board, which occurs three times a year. Also in attendance was theof our Society before our provincial of English-speaking Canada, Fr. Jim Webb, SJ. Fr. General took part ineyes and to look for the the plenary meetings and met individually with each provincial. He then spent thebest instruments that will rest of his time in Kingston visiting the Jesuit communities and works of Jamaica,allow us to discern the a dependent region of the New England Province.will of God and respond Fr. General encouraged the provincials to move forward with the work of the 35thgenerously and effectively General Congregation. He spoke eloquently about a favorite theme of his — the depthto Christ’s call to serve that should pervade our Jesuit ministry, our theology, our work in education, anywherewith Him in our world of a Jesuit is missioned. He contrasts this to superficiality and the danger of being pulledtoday. The Holy Father has away by distractions from what is most urgent. Issues of real significance fully engagerepeatedly reaffirmed that the Society in service to the Church. When we allow secondary issues to becomethe Church continues to primary, superficiality can fill our time and sap our energy. Superficiality is not justcount on us in the important a danger in religious life or in the Church; it can be found throughout contemporarywork of evangelization, society where multiple voices confuse us by polemics and trivial desires that havewhich he hopes we willcarry out with the depth of the ability to keep us from a deep experience of creativity, solidarity and our authenticreflection and spirituality desires to be fully human.that the Society has Looking to our mission on the East Coast of the United States, the three provincesalways offered. of Maryland, New England and New York are working together to deepen our own commitment to Christ, the Church and the Society of Jesus in the 21st century. WeThis is our mission: It is are doing this in our increasing collaboration among our three provinces and in ourour great joy to be able to emphasis on shared work with our colleagues in ministry; in the work of The Jesuitcontribute, even if in a Collaborative bringing Ignatian spirituality and the ministry of the Spiritualvery small way, to God’s Exercises to new groups; in our work in pre-secondary, secondary and higherredeeming work, and it is education as we educate future leaders to have the depth and creativity to respond toour desire to continue to beable to be and do more as Christ’s call in new ways and in new times; and in our parish ministries, encouragingservants of Christ’s mission. and guiding those who call these parishes home in their own faith journey. And, as Jesuits, we are deepening our own commitment to the call of Christ in the Society— Very Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ through our work, our prayer and our lives. Superior General of the Society of Jesus Thank you for being part of our mission and for all your support. February 25, 2011
  3. 3. About Our CoverMARYLAND Fr. George Witt, SJ, pastorNEW ENGLAND of St. Ignatius Loyola Church, New York City, greetsNEW YORK young parishioners.PROVINCES Features S U M M E R New Province Has Historical Echoes............................................5 Novices Live Out the Spiritual Exercises ....................................8 Something Completely Different ...............................................10 Seeing the World in a New Way.................................................12 Jesuits on Mission in Rome .......................................................16Editors Ignatian Volunteers Discover New Horizons...............................18Rev. John F. Garvey, SJAlice M. PoltorickMary K. TilghmanAdvancement DirectorsRev. James F. Keenan, SJEdward F. PlochaGrace Cotter ReganPlease address all correspondenceto Jesuits magazine at:Maryland Province Jesuits8600 LaSalle Road, Suite 620Towson, MD 21286443-921-1310advancement@mdsj.orgNew England Province of JesuitsP.O. Box 9199Watertown, MA 02471-9199617-607-2890advance@sjnen.orgNew York Province of the Society of Jesus Page 1739 East 83rd StreetNew York, NY 10028-0810 In Every Issue212-774-5500development@nysj.orgJesuits is published three times per Look for this symbol to findyear by the Maryland, New England In the News............................................2 more information online.and New York Provinces of the Societyof Jesus. The opinions expressed are Across Our Provinces..........................14 Visit our websites at:those of the individual writers and do Wisdom of Years..................................20not necessarily constitute the official Focus on Faith......................................22 www.mdsj.org i MARYLAND:policy of the Society of Jesus. Jesuits Around the World.....................24 NEW ENGLAND: www.sjnen.org©2011 All rights reserved. Advancing Our Mission.......................26 NEW YORK: www.nysj.orgPrinted in the USA. Printed on recycled paper. 1
  4. 4. In the News Seventy-Five Years of Educational Seventy-five years of educational leadership was celebrated at the New England Province’s 11th annual Jesuit GALA on April 12 when Provincial L eadership Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, presented the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award, For the Greater Glory of God, to Fr. J. Donald Monan, SJ, president of Boston College from 1972–1996, Fr. John Brooks, SJ, president of the College of the Holy Cross from 1970–1994, and Fr. Aloysius Kelley, SJ, president of Fairfield University from 1979–2004. A video featuring the honorees speaking about the value of Catholic education and Jesuit ideals is available at: http://www.youtube.com/ user/JesuitsofNewEngland Left to right: Fr. J. Donald Monan, SJ, Fr. John Brooks, SJ, Fr. Aloysius Kelley, SJ, Fr. Provincial Myles Sheehan, SJ Fr. Devron Professes Final Vows Fr. Christopher Devron, SJ, a New York Province Jesuit and president of Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School in Chicago, was called by the Society of Jesus to the profession of final vows on March 4. Fr. Devron and his family, friends, students and community members celebrated a Eucharistic liturgy in the school’s St. Ignatius Chapel. They were joined by Jesuit priests from around the country, including Bishop George Murry, SJ, Youngstown, Ohio, and Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province. Fr. Christopher Devron, SJ2
  5. 5. Honorary Degrees Awarded at 2011 Commencements Fr. Francis Clooney, SJ, Fr. James Martin, SJ, received an honorary Doctor received an honorary of Ministry degree from the Doctor of Humane Letters College of the Holy Cross. degree from Le Moyne Fr. Clooney is the Parkman College. Fr. Martin is professor of divinity and the cultural editor at professor of theology and the America magazine. director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. Fr. Charles Currie, SJ, Fr. Michael McFarland, SJ, received honorary doctoral received an honorary Doctor degrees from Saint Joseph’s of Humane Letters degree University, John Carroll from Lafayette College, University and Santa Clara Easton, Pennsylvania. University. Fr. Currie recently Fr. McFarland is the retired after 14 years as president of the College president of the Association of the Holy Cross. of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.New Presidents for Gonzaga College High School Fr. Stephen Planning, SJ, has & Nativity School Alex Zequeira, an experienced been named the 36th president educator, administrator and coach, of Gonzaga College High has been named president of School in Washington D.C., Nativity School of Worcester, succeeding Fr. Joseph Lingan, Massachusetts. Zequeira, who SJ. Fr. Lingan, the first Gonzaga served as the school’s founding alumnus to serve as president principal from 2003–04, will of the school, assumed the return in his new role this July. presidency on an interim basis A 1994 graduate of the College following the untimely death of the Holy Cross, Zequeira is of Fr. Allen Novotny, SJ, last currently the dean of the UpperOctober. Fr. Planning has a long history with Jesuit high School at Wooster School in Danbury, Connecticut, whereschools. Most recently, he served eight years as the he has also taught Spanish and history and coached severalfounding president of Arrupe Jesuit High School in athletic teams since 2008. From 2004–08, he served as theDenver, Colorado. Previously, Fr. Planning was assistant executive director of the alumni association, as well as aprincipal of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. teacher, advisor and coach at Belen Jesuit Preparatory inHe also taught English and religious studies in Jesuit Miami, where he completed his own middle and highhigh schools in the United States and in Chile. school education. 3
  6. 6. n IN THE NEWS Saint John’s Bible Volumes Donated to Loyola/Notre Dame Library With chant and hymns sung by the choirs of the College of Notre Dame and Loyola University Maryland, the two schools celebrated the arrival of the first volumes of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, donated to the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. Fr. Timothy Brown, SJ, associate professor of law and social responsibility at Loyola, blessed the books during an April 5th service held at the Basilica of the Assumption in downtown Baltimore. The red leather-bound volumes are part of a Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, a fine art reproduction Photographs by Piper Watson of an extraordinary handwritten, hand-illuminated text and will be part of the library’s permanent collection. The completed volumes of the Bible will go on display in the library in the fall of 2011. The original manuscript is not yet complete with scribes and artists still at work on the final pages of Revelation. Fr. Brian Linnane, SJ, president of Loyola University Maryland, speaks at a service to To read the text of the reflections,“Lectio Divina,” bless the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible. The combined choirs of Loyola offered at the April 5th service by Robert Miola, and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland stand behind the altar. professor at Loyola, go to www.mdsj.org. • S av e t h e D a t e ! • Della Strada Award Friends of the Jesuits Golf Outing Honors Work for Justice Monday, September 26, 2011 The New York Regional Council of the Jesuit Volun- teer Corps presented its annual Della Strada Award in April to Fr. Mark Hallinan, SJ, and volunteer Barbara Lee for lives that “reflect the Ignatian values of direct service to the poor, and of working and educating for a more just society.” Fr. Hallinan is the New York Province assistant to the provincial for social ministries. He is also chairman of the board of Habitat New York. Lee, a retired judge, has taught English as a second The Friends of the Jesuits 2nd Annual Golf Outing to be held language for the past 11 years. She currently teaches at the Meadow Brook Club, Jericho, New York, will benefit the each week at Cabrini Immigrant Center in New York many Jesuit ministries of the New York Province and support the City. The event also marked the 15th anniversary care of aging and infirm Jesuits. The very successful event will of the founding of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. once again be organized by a committee headed by Pete Dagher, (See related story on pages 18–19). Brian Devaney and Gary Goodenough. For information on sponsorships, journal ads and registration, please contact Debra Ryan at 212-774-5544 or ryan@nysj.org.4
  7. 7. Looking to Our FutureNew Province Has Historical EchoesBy William Bole Fr. Andrew White, SJ, the first Jesuit in Maryland, on St. Clement’s Island in 1634. At their 34th General On the East Coast, the three JesuitCongregation held in 1995, provinces (Maryland, New England and New York) will become one, asleaders of the Society of they were until the 1920s.Jesus from around the world “Jesuit provinces” are a bit obscureproclaimed, “Jesuits are never in the eyes of many. “Most people don’tcontent with the status quo. think of the provinces. They think of the Jesuit institutions that they areWe are constantly driven to familiar with, like schools, parishesdiscover, redefine and reach and retreat centers,” says Fr. Geraldfor the magis (the more).” Fogarty, SJ, a noted Catholic historian at the University of Virginia. And yet,The congregation added, the provinces are where Jesuits begin“Ours is a holy boldness.” their journeys in the Society of Jesus, Among Jesuits in the United States, where they are nurtured through theirunder intense review at the moment is years of spiritual, educational andthe composition of their provinces, the ministerial formation. The provinces10 jurisdictions that send them forth also assign Jesuits to their worldwideinto ministry. In the coming years there ministries, and provide care for thosewill be newly configured provinces, a members who become frail.response to growing unity among Jesuits The province is a constant in theand all who participate in their works. life of a Jesuit, but the boundaries of 5
  8. 8. n LOOKING TO OUR FUTURE these jurisdictions have never been (founded in 1843) and Boston College static. To begin with, for two centu- (1863), were originally and for many ries Jesuits ministered in America’s decades part of this province headquar- eastern colonies under the auspices tered hundreds of miles away. Some of of provinces based in other countries, the standout figures of American Jesuit including England and France. In history rose during these early provincial a manner of speaking, this was the years, people such as the Swiss-born Fr. Wild West phase that began in the John Bapst, SJ, who was brutally tarred early 1600s when Jesuits explored and feathered by an anti-Catholic mob frontiers of faith, preaching the in Ellsworth, Maine, in 1851, and then Good News — to Native Americans, persevered to become the first president for example — and establishing of Boston College; and Fr. John McElroy, missions and other outposts. It was SJ, who served as the first Catholic army also a time of martyrdom, suppres- chaplain in the United States (during sion and persecution. the Mexican-American War), and who, Still, some enduring Jesuit decades later, after turning 80, founded institutions were established during Boston College. this epoch, including St. Ignatius In 1879, Jesuits who had been Church in Charles County, Maryland, Fr. John Bapst, SJ, tarred and feathered ministering in New York (as part of the founded in 1641 and one of the by an anti-Catholic mob, persevered to become Society’s New York-Canada mission) oldest continuous Catholic parishes the first president of Boston College. were united with their Maryland in the United States, and George- brothers into an expanded Maryland- town University, founded in 1789. New York Province. It remained the only Jesuits did not get their own Jesuit province along the Atlantic until province in the United States until 1926, when New England, 492 Jesuits 1833, when the Maryland jurisdic- strong, became its own province. This tion was created. Well-known Jesuit was a flourishing time for American universities, as far from Maryland Catholicism as well as Jesuit vocations, as the College of the Holy Cross and so, provinces multiplied across the country. On the East Coast, Jesuits in New York came into their own province in 1943, with responsibilities for the Empire State and northern New Jersey. For a brief period Buffalo, too, had its own Jesuit jurisdiction in western New York. But the separation did not end the interchange among the Jesuits, notes Fr. Joseph Appleyard, SJ, who is the execu- tive assistant to New England Provincial Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ. He points, for example, to institutions like Woodstock College, the Jesuit seminary founded in St. Ignatius Church, Charles County, Maryland 1634 1833 1879 1926 Jesuits land in Maryland and Maryland becomes the Jesuits from the New York/ New England Jesuits establish a mission there as part first Jesuit province in the Canada Mission join with form their own province. of the English Province. United States. Maryland to form the Maryland/New York Province.6
  9. 9. rural Maryland in 1869, which drewJesuits from different provinces; thecollege moved to New York City 100years later, before closing its doorsin 1974. “We really have a shared The Jesuithistory,” says Fr. Appleyard, whopreviously served as vice president mission willof university mission and ministryat Boston College. remain as it has In recent years the collaborations for 400 years —have multiplied among Jesuits andbetween them and lay people. There is bringing peoplenow, for example, one vocation directorfor all three of the East Coast provinces, and culturesone director of Jesuit formation and closer to thea common novitiate in Syracuse,New York. In addition, one of the living God.more bustling spiritual ministries,The Jesuit Collaborative, is a three-province initiative that brings theSpiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius tothose in search of tools for reflection A page from the diary of the newly founded New England Province.and discernment. This magazine itselfis a collaboration of the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces. Unification is one answer to these “The [Province] boundaries don’t and other new realities. According make as much sense as they used to,” to Jesuit representatives, provincial says Fr. William Byron, SJ, professor boundaries may be fading, but the of business and society at Saint Jesuit mission will remain as it has Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. for 400 years — bringing people and “As Jesuits, we can move around cultures closer to the living God. easily. It’s just a matter of getting William Bole is a journalist in the a ticket for a plane and shipping Boston area. His writing has appeared your books.” in The Washington Post, The New York Fr. Fogarty points out that until Times, America magazine, Commonweal magazine and other outlets. around the mid-20th century, the provinces generally assigned their Sources: The Catholic Encyclopedia, official members to ministries within those Province web pages, Fr. Joseph Appleyard, SJ, Fr. Gerald Fogarty, SJ, The Encyclopedia of jurisdictions. Today, leaders of Jesuit American Catholic History, and American institutions such as Boston College Jesuits: A History, by Raymond A. Schroth, and Georgetown University are just as SJ (New York University Press, 2007).Fr. John McElroy, SJ, first Catholic Army chaplain, served likely to come from provinces in otherduring the Mexican-American War. regions or from the laity’s ranks. 1943 1960 1969 Pre se nt New York Province Buffalo Province is carved Buffalo reenters The three East Coast Jesuit is established. out of New York. New York Province. Provinces (Maryland, New England and New York) lay groundwork for the unification of all three provinces. 7
  10. 10. Formation Novices Live Out the Spiritual Exercises By Fr. John Garvey, SJ “The men show tremendous gratitude for their meals, and it is God’s way of showing me that such grunt work truly does manifest His presence to those in dire circumstances.” Marchionni also led 12-Step meet- ings that focused on drugs and alcohol. Vincent Marchionni, SJ, assists a client at the McKenna Center in Washington, D.C. At first, this caused him anxiety. “How could I, a young white man of affluent Jesuit novices take part in many “experiments” over the course background, talk to homeless, middle- of their two years of formation before vows, from teaching grade aged black men about addiction and God? Would I not be patronizing?” But school children to working as a hospital orderly, usually on a as the men saw him every day at meals, weekly or monthly basis. None of these experiments matches the they got to know him and they realized intensity of the Long Experiment that is five months of full-time that he was preaching the Gospel with apostolic work while living in a Jesuit community. It allows a his actions before he talked to them novice time to understand Jesuit life more fully so as to make a about their relationship with God. They respected that. better discernment about pronouncing vows in the Society of Jesus. The group used the Spiritual Exer- cises of Saint Ignatius Loyola to supple- God’s love shines for local residents and assistance for ment 12-Step spirituality. The meetings through simple work those facing eviction and utility cutoff. allowed the men to be silent, to pray, and “This Long Experiment has taught me to reflect on their lives, their addictions Vincent Marchionni’s Long that simple acts of compassion and and their relationship with God, their Experiment was at the Father generosity profoundly and positively Higher Power. Marchionni realized that McKenna Center, named after Fr. affect people’s lives, making God’s it was a grace for him to see how God Horace McKenna, SJ, who labored presence real and tangible,” Marchi- was present and consoling in each man’s for the destitute in Washington, onni reflected. life. “I have grown to love the Spiritual D.C., for many years. The center is God graced his work when he Exercises more as it is evident that it is a located in the St. Aloysius Gonzaga realized that he was not doing this for wonderful tool to make manifest God’s Church basement, consisting of a himself, but for the men who needed love and presence. The 12 Steps have kitchen, showers, a few multi-pur- the center to survive. “I kept the also aided my prayer, and I have grown pose rooms and a food pantry. Much refrigerators and oven clean for much these past few months by under- good emanates from a small place: them. I bleached the floor for them. standing better the addictions in my own meals for homeless men, groceries I chopped onions for them,” he said. life and allowing God to rid me of them.”8
  11. 11. Marchionni concluded from his in a class entitled “The Church in theexperience of serving D.C.’s poorest that 21st Century,” taught by Fr. Kevin“Jesus Christ is always laboring, always O’Brien, SJ, and he joined the Jesuitdesiring to bring his brothers and sisters community at daily Mass and meals.closer to him. He does hear the cry of As he grew into his role at Georgetown,the poor, and he answers them with gifts he realized that his novice director wasof hope and gratitude. The McKenna exactly right: Life as a Jesuit had changedCenter is privileged to bring people the way he approached campus ministry.closer to God through simple corporal The role of the Spiritual Exercises inworks of mercy and the Lord who hears his life and his work, for example, hadthe cry of the poor blesses our efforts to changed radically. Maczkiewicz was verydraw all closer to Him. This is the reason conscious that the seminal experienceI get up every morning, and this is the of the novitiate, the 30-day experiencereason I entered the Society of Jesus.” of the Spiritual Exercises, was affecting all of his life and ministry. “I realizedSeeing with a Jesuit lens that the Exercises had become not only Keith Maczkiewicz wanted to do important to me, but had become mysomething during his Long Experiment heritage, in a way, had become anthat he had not done before. He had inherent part of my life.” Early edition of the Spiritual Exercisesworked in high school campus ministry, Working with the Exercises as anbut when he was missioned to George- instrument of prayer, and helping totown University to assist in campus lead others in prayer and discernment,ministry there, his novice director simply helped him to solidify his own relation-said, “You may have done this job ship with God. “The Long Experimentbefore, but you never did it as a Jesuit.” has helped me,” he said, “to fall in love He was soon involved in Sunday with Christ all over again in the midstliturgies, Catholic chaplaincy programs of my ministry, in the context of my Vincent Marchionni, SJ, and Keith Jesuit community, and with the lenses of Maczkiewicz, SJ, are in First Studies.and retreats, and ministry as a chaplain-in-residence in a freshman dorm. poverty, chastity and obedience focusing, Fr. John Garvey, SJ, is assistant forAdditionally, he was a teaching assistant broadening and enriching my life.” publications for the New York Province. “I realized that the Exercises had become not only important to me, but had become my heritage, in a way, had become an inherent part of my life.” — Keith Maczkiewicz, SJKeith Maczkiewicz, SJ (back row, second from right), with Georgetown students on retreat 9
  12. 12. Education Something Completely Different By Fr. John Garvey, SJ, and Mary K. Tilghman Regency is a time in Jesuit formation that occurs after First Studies and just prior to the formal study of theology and that affords each Jesuit an opportunity to work in an apostolic area. Good, holy work Dennis Baker, SJ, teaches global studies to freshmen and United States history to juniors at Xavier High School in New York City. He is also the assistant coach of the varsity basketball team and the head coach of the freshman baseball team. “Xavier High School,” he says, “is, quite literally, changing my life. The students provide a context for me Dennis Baker, SJ, at Xavier High School, New York City to work out what my own particular “For reasons that often vocation means for me and to the world. make me shake my They constantly teach me about what it “This is good, holy work,” Baker means to be a Jesuit and, in ways they reflects, “that brings me closer to God head in utter disbelief, cannot fathom, they instruct me on and brings me tremendous joy. And this work — and doing what kind of priest they want to see me when it is going well, it brings the young it in this particular become one day.” men with whom I am entrusted, as well The lay people with whom Baker as my colleagues, closer to God, too.” way as a Jesuit — suits works are also an inspiration, and they me better than I ever motivate him to hone his craft as a My love must pour forth could have imagined.” teacher. He finds that working alongside Ben Brenkert, SJ, is at St. Peter’s Prep so many talented, caring and fun-filled in Jersey City, teaching sophomores — Dennis Baker, SJ people dedicated to Jesuit education is about Christian literature (e.g., the New nothing short of humbling. He taught at Testament), and working as a guidance a Jesuit high school before he entered counselor and school social worker. His the Society, but doing this work as a classes begin with a time of silent prayer Jesuit scholastic is something completely and journaling, when students are asked different. “For reasons that often make to let God meet them in their everyday me shake my head in utter disbelief, this ordinary lives. Students struggle with work — and doing it in this particular this material, but their wrestling with way as a Jesuit — suits me better than the mystery of the Incarnation is a very I ever could have imagined. important part of their prayer.10
  13. 13. As a guidance counselor Brenkertinstructs two sections of a freshmangroup guidance class. He also meetswith students to discuss their adjustmentand transition to high school, just howthey communicate with and to theirparents, and how to communicate ina world where there is real pain andsuffering. “As the school social worker,”he notes, “I adapt specifically to mystudents’ environment, to the people,time and places of Jersey City and itssurrounding cities, towns and villages.I make home visits when necessary,and counsel students whose parentsare divorced or who cannot process Ben Brenkert, SJ (in back row Instituto de Aprendizaje Industrial, with sweater), with students fromthe ‘big stressor’ such as being cut a three-year technical institute founded St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey Cityfrom the basketball team.” and operated by the Bolivian Jesuits. For Brenkert, the magis takes on a In Bolivia Noe was both a teacher andnew meaning in regency to include the a student. While he used his training assearch for the quality, excellence and an engineer in the classroom, he learnedmastery of a craft and the freer and to integrate his work with his life in amore personal service of others. “To be Jesuit community and with his prayera successful regent,” he says, “I believe life. “That’s a hard balance to strike.”that my love for my students must pour Although he was warmly welcomedforth, flowing from my prayer and from into the community, he soon learnedmy participation in the sacraments.” what it was like to be an immigrant. Fr. Edgar Dávalos, SJ (on left), then rector “Jesus was outside of his culture,” of I.A.I. and Bill Noe, SJ, then instructorI said yes of Electronics in I.A.I.’s Department of Noe said, recalling Jesus’s life in Bill Noe, SJ, remembers pondering Industrial Automation in Oruro, Bolivia Egypt. “He was a migrant.”the meditation of the Spiritual Exercises Returning home in December, heon the call of Christ during his 30-day noticed all the Latino faces on theretreat as a novice. He remembers hear- streets around him. “I didn’t noticeing Jesus say, “You are going to live as them before,” he said. “My time inI live.” That meant, Noe explained, times Bolivia gave me a lot to think aboutof suffering, discouragement, difficulty, in how I relate to people from otheras well as times of comfort, good food cultures.”and success. “In the 30-day retreat, I It has made him ask himself, “Whosaid yes to all those things.” else don’t I notice? Who else don’t I That call came to life in Bolivia, include?” Like the Good Samaritan, hewhere Noe recently spent two and a half said, he wants to learn to become ayears teaching in a technical college as neighbor to all he meets. “It could bea regent. Sometimes he ate badly, slept the growing edge for the rest of my life.”badly and found himself tired after workor discouraged by the slow progress. Fr. John Garvey, SJ, is assistant for“In Bolivia I had a chance to live at least publications for the New York Province.a little bit of what I discovered in the Mary K. Tilghman is acting director of communications for the Maryland Province.Spiritual Exercises,” he said. In July 2008, Noe was sent to Oruro, To read more about Bill Noe, SJ,a city of 250,000, high in the Bolivian and his experiences in Bolivia,altiplano, to teach electronics at the go to www.mdsj.org/BillNoe 11
  14. 14. n EDUCATIONS eeing the World in a New Way: Solidarity and the Preferential Option for the Poor By Grace Cotter Regan “The process made each of us step back and see the world in a different way.” — Grace Cotter Regan On site with Teresita’s family and Hand in Hand Ministries I was blessed to participate in the n Learn about the complex reality Boston College Arrupe International of people of another country who Program this academic year and, along struggle in poverty; with my classmate and colleague Ellen n Humbly encounter and hear the Modica from campus ministry, to stories of people from this country accompany a group of 12 students to in their own words; Belize, Central America. The experience n Develop a sense of compassion had significant meaning for me as I had and responsibility for those who been a Boston College Jesuit Interna- suffer, both in the country visited tional Volunteer in Belize from 1982– and throughout the world; 1983 and had always desired to return to the country; this was a perfect n Deepen their faith by tapping the opportunity to return in a service- wisdom of Catholic social teaching oriented, faith-based Ignatian program. and Ignatian spirituality; The international immersion program n Translate their learning into action empowers students, primarily through by giving their passions, talents and student leaders, with support from staff abilities to a world in need. and other mentors, to build intentional faith-sharing communities through The Belize experience is a very which students open themselves to: significant commitment for the students,12
  15. 15. student leaders and adult mentors. Thestudents must commit to a yearlongexperience of Ignatian discernment andeducational programs. The program isled by campus minister Kelly Sardon-Garrity and begins and ends with power-ful retreat experiences. Each servicetrip commits to creative fundraisingto help raise awareness. Some of thatawareness can lead to change on campussuch as introducing fair trade coffee in Working on sitethe dining halls. The program requiresan intentional commitment to deeplearning about the respective country, Immersion is an opportunity for struggle with the same questionswhich is accompanied by weekly transformation, but it is short-lived. and challenges I did as a 21-year-readings, conversations, reflection, The power of the Arrupe program is old volunteer in Belize. How dodiscernment and prayer. that it challenges the students to think I live my life? Am I committed to Our Belize experience was powerful. about how they keep this experience justice and do I have a preferentialWe arrived on a Sunday to meet our close to their hearts as they make option for the poor? I am oncein-country guide from Hand in Hand future choices and develop an authentic again challenged to discern myMinistries who had just dropped a commitment to justice, Catholic social choices and decisions and to askgroup from Fordham University at the teaching and a preferential option for how do I live out my faith. We areairport. We settled in at Starfish House the poor. reminded to give thanks for whatand joined the community for Mass at The experience of accompanying we have and to reflect and discernthe Jesuit parish of St. Martin de Porres the students, the student leaders and our vocation with a new lens!where Fr. Joe Damhorst, SJ, the Jesuit classmate Ellen Modica was life-giving Grace Cotter Regan is the executiveInternational Volunteers and the parish for me. Twenty-seven years later, I director of advancement for thecommunity welcomed us. Belize is a New England Province of Jesuits.mission of the Missouri Province sothere is a committed Jesuit presencethroughout the country. Our mission was to begin on Mondaybuilding a home for a graceful, prayer-filled woman named Teresita. Hand inHand Ministries provided the supervi-sion, but the miracle for me was watch-ing the transformation of unskilledlaborers come together. They realizedtheir limits and capabilities and becamea true team to make this dream a realityfor Teresita and her family. The structurewe built was modest, designed withan opportunity for later expansion tointroduce electricity and plumbing. Theprocess made each of us step back andsee the world in a different way. Thisstructure was going to be Teresita’shome, and her pride, gratitude, faithand love permeated the group. Each night, we heard a speaker fromthe Belizean community followed byprayer, discernment and reflection. Arrupe leaders, Grace Cotter Regan, Ellen Modica, Rachel Buckley and Bryan Cardillo 13
  16. 16. A c r o s s o u r P r o v i n c e s formation INSPIRING OUR YOUNG MEN Fr. Thomas Feely, SJ, is the assistant for formation for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces. Jesuits are in formation from their entrance into the novitiate until During the second year of novitiate, each novice their ordination and final vows. The assistant for formation, in consultation with provincials, is assigned to a Jesuit ministry for five months helps Jesuits identify their gifts and talents and guides them through the process that leads from First Studies, to Regency and Theology, and approval for ordination. to help him and his Jesuit superiors discern his suitability for Jesuit life. It is one of many7 opportunities offered through the period of formation to learn, to mature and to grow into the vocation as a Jesuit. Two reflections on this Fr. Thomas Benz, SJ, assistant director experience are found on pages 8–9. of novices (on left), with Fr. James Carr, SJ, novice director for the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces. They introduce the novices to life in the Society — Ignatian prayer and the Spiritual Exercises, the various “experi- ments” that test their vocations, Jesuit governance and the Constitutions, and the Jesuit “way of proceeding.” 7 7 Fr. Ronald McKinney, SJ, professor of philosophy at the University of Scranton, stops to speak with a student. education MISSIONING jESUITS As early as 1560, a letter from the Jesuit offices in Rome described education as a focus of the Society’s work. During the three years called Regency, scholastics typically teach in one of our schools as part of their formation. Three stories about Regency are featured on pages 10–11. Fr. John Wronski, SJ, president of Nativity School, Boston, with students before celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit.14
  17. 17. spirituality SERVING OTHERS Ignatian spirituality helps men and women “to find Fr. Francis O’Connor, SJ, shares a God in all things” — and at all times. Members of the laugh with Stephen Kennedy after Ignatian Volunteer Corps (featured on pages 18–19) Mass at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore. consider Ignatian spirituality to be an important Mr. Kennedy attends midday Mass component of their program and of their daily lives. almost every weekday. They demonstrate through daily living and giving how Jesuit values influence them and those whom they serve. Fr. William Barry, SJ, and Sr. Catherine (Kay) Hannigan, PBVM, teach and offer spiritual direction. Photo by Brendan Cavanaugh Fr. John Devane, SJ, prays for the Church and the Society of Jesus. health careSUPPOR TING SENIOR jESUITSOne of the provincial’s principal responsibilitiesis the “care of the men,” with the health care ofthe elderly and infirm being a major concern.Now in the twilight of their ministry, seniorJesuits often need specialized attention and theSociety generously provides for them in everyaspect of their lives: physically, spiritually,emotionally and socially. Fr. Joseph Casey, SJ, pastoral minister (on left), with Fr. James Mattaliano, SJ, retreat director, in the recently renovated Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Campion Center, Weston, Massachusetts. 15
  18. 18. Ministries Jesuits on Mission in Rome An important part of the universal mission entrusted to the whole Society of Jesus is carried out by the Jesuits of the Roman Houses immediately dependent on Father General: The Curia of the Society, those of the Interprovincial Roman Houses, and those individually assigned by Father General. We asked three Jesuits from our Maryland, New England and New York provinces to reflect on their experience. Michael Rogers, SJ On the Shoulders of Giants College of the Gesù we have 44 men from 23 different provinces who speak 14 dif- By Michael Rogers, SJ ferent languages. Every day we are faced It is 10 a.m. on Tuesday. In the past, with the reality of globalization, and we this would be the time that I was teaching are aware that our preparation for priest- freshmen at Boston College High School hood here in Rome calls us to the service about who Christ is. Instead, I sit at a desk of the universal Church that General at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Congregation 34 called for in a way that listening to a lecture in Italian by a Jesuit few other places could. from New Orleans talking about who However, it is not simply about to whom the Greek Church fathers thought that we are connected in the present here in This chapel was the room in Jesus was. Later, rather than coaching the Rome, but also about the real sense of the which St. Ignatius Loyola died. varsity tennis team, I will sit at my desk history of the Church that surrounds us. reading Models of Revelation by the late When we study St. Paul’s letter to the Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ. At this point Romans in the morning, we can visit his in just about every day I wonder what I tomb in the afternoon. When we study the am doing here in Rome, so far removed Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius, we can from what seemed so exciting and useful touch the desk where he wrote the final copy. just 12 months ago. This is the great challenge and the great Then 7 p.m. rolls around, and I walk richness of Rome for someone studying downstairs to the smallest chapel in my theology in preparation for priesthood. community. The whitewashed walls are I know that I stand on the shoulders of relatively empty and rudimentary, the giants as I become aware of the needs wooden beams are bare, exposed and of the universal Church in a way that is hand-hewn. This room, now a chapel, profoundly connected to our heritage is where St. Ignatius died. In a room as Jesuits. This growing consciousness close by, Ignatius did the simple work instills in me the desire to go set the world of his later years, writing letters and aflame with love for Christ even as I sit studying the rules of other orders to write here studying, preparing and praying that our Constitutions. In that moment it all that flame be kindled into a burning fire. comes back into perspective — when Michael Rogers, SJ, is a first-year theologian at we are called to it, simple work done the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. in quiet can be the most important. Read his blog at: In our community at the International http://mikerogerssj.blogspot.com16
  19. 19. 25 Years of Support and Friendship By Fr. Michael Hilbert, SJ Twenty-four Jesuits from the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces are currently assigned to Rome, living in nine different communities. We are here in administration, for studies, as professors and researchers, superiors and spiritual directors, all in response to the declaration of General Congre- gation 35 that the interprovincial institutions in Rome are among the five global apostolic preferences of the Society of Jesus as “a special mission received directly from the Holy Father.” For the last 25 years, we have enjoyed and been supported by a prayer group that meets every two weeks during the aca- demic year. In 1986 the New York Province was going through a process of apostolic discernment and the entire province was Fr. Brendan Hurley, SJ invited to pray the Spiritual Exercises according to the 19thHearts Eager to Serve Annotation. The New Yorkers in Rome joined in the provinceBy Fr. Brendan Hurley, SJ discernment by meeting before the weekly Mass in English for Jesuits every Saturday. That experience was for all of us a pow- Work as a spiritual director at the North American erful expression of being friends in the Lord called to a com-College in Rome is both very rewarding and inspiring. mon mission. We formed strong bonds of prayer and supportWith 230 seminarians, the NAC is the largest of the during that year, and we continued the New York prayer group,U.S. seminaries in Rome, drawing its students from welcoming many newcomers to Rome and saying good-bye todioceses throughout the United States and Canada with many whose mission was accomplished. We made it a point toa dozen Australians added to the mix. invite New Yorkers who were visiting Rome, and on special The nearby dome of St. Peter’s Basilica reminds us occasions such as the visit of the provincial we would celebrateof the direction of all we do here: to form men to begood shepherds of God’s people. The nearby JesuitCuria reminds me of the direction of the Society ofJesus: to be of service to the universal Church. It has been an adjustment to move from a smallparish in Baltimore into a large seminary in Rome. AtSt. Ignatius Parish, the 7:25 a.m. morning Mass seemsrelaxed compared to the daily 6:15 a.m. Mass here atNAC. The familiar faces of parishioners in the intimateChapel of Grace have been replaced by 50 concelebrantsbefore a congregation of 200 seminarians. Still, theEucharist, there and here, draws all of us into the one Jesuits Joseph Riordan, Matthew Monnig, Michael Hilbert, Scott Brodeur, Paul Rourke,Body of Christ. Michael Woods and Michael Rogers visit Assisi. The spiritual director carries an important role inseminarian formation. I meet with those assigned to me the Eucharist together in the rooms of St. Ignatius. When theevery two weeks to examine how each one recognizes Maryland and New York Provinces started a common novitiate,God’s work of grace in his life. Discernment of voca- we asked the Maryland Jesuits if they would like to join thetion is also a part of our conversation. Their trust and prayer group. We continued to flourish, adding new memberstransparency reveal hearts eager and generous to serve. and new activities: Christmas and Easter dinners, a weekend inI am humbled through this privileged insight into Assisi in January and a weekend at the beach in May. Finally,God’s work in souls and confident of the future of the two years ago the logical next step was to bring in the NewU.S. Church. England contingent, and in our own small way we are prepar- The Jesuits here in Rome are an especially welcom- ing for the new tri-province reality with common prayer anding and encouraging group. The shared joys and sacri- faith-sharing. Not everyone can make every meeting, butfices of living in Rome affirm that call of availability we try to be faithful and we continue to find the support andto serve the universal Church as companions of Jesus. friendship that started us off 25 years ago. Fr. Brendan Hurley, SJ, was previously associate pastor of Fr. Michael Hilbert, SJ, is the dean of canon law at the Pontifical St. Ignatius Church in downtown Baltimore. Gregorian University and vice-president of the Gregorian Foundation. 17
  20. 20. Spirituality Ignatian Volunteers Discover New Horizons IVC offers opportunity for older adults to serve others as they seek God. By Mary Geraldine Harrington Small became a volunteer for Catholic Charities in Worcester, Massachusetts, teaching English as a second language one morning each week, working in the food pantry, doing case management and administrative work. “They’ve used my skill set beautifully,” she said. Changing her view of poverty Fr. Si Smith, SJ, 80, is her spiritual reflector. Among other things, they talked about Small’s perceptions about poverty. “My conceptual knowledge of the W poor was vague and unclear. I would liken this new experience to that of Bernie Small and Fr. Si Smith, SJ mourning the death of a loved one, including shock, anger, acceptance and hen she retired, a new sense of reality and clarity that former elementary blossomed during my reflector sessions principal Bernie Small with Fr. Si. Paramount to that growth had every reason to be was truthfulness regarding what I was “My conceptual content. She had been successful. feeling intellectually and emotionally knowledge of the poor She was passionate about reading and over time,” she said. writing and teaching. “There wasn’t “My understanding of the poor and was vague and unclear. a day I didn’t love it,” says the petite what they face every day has changed I would liken this new 65-year-old. profoundly. I no longer judge them. My She felt very blessed in life as well. compassion for them has grown in leaps experience to that of “I had a very busy job, I worked hard, and bounds.” mourning the death of a but when I retired, I knew I had to have Fr. Si, who has worked extensively loved one, including shock, a focus and a purpose.” To that end, she in Kenya, Iraq and Jordan, said he can attended a symposium on retirement understand “almost anyone’s fresh anger, acceptance and and spirituality at Boston College. encounter with poor people or those a new sense of reality. ” After stopping by the New England from other cultures.” A reflector’s — Bernie Small Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) attentive and astute listening, he added, information table and talking with can show a volunteer how they have the regional director, a vision of what grown spiritually and point out their she could do for the rest of her life began increased awareness of God in their to take shape. And it included IVC. lives and service work.18
  21. 21. What does a reflector do? He has worked for three years at Balti- Fr. James Martin, SJ, has been Barbara more’s Our Daily Bread EmploymentLee’s spiritual reflector for the last 11 Center with formerly homeless men.years. He recalled how he laughed when One of the most interesting parts of hishe was asked to be her reflector. He work is motivating the men he meets topictured the little plastic reflecting red help them discard “a prison mentality”devices on the back of a car or bicycle of being told what to do.“which reflects light and prevents people His spiritual reflector is Sr. Catherinefrom bumping into you.” Gugerty, SSND, director of Loyola “These days, though, I wonder if University Maryland’s communityperhaps ‘reflector’ isn’t the perfect word service programs for students. She isfor what we do,’’ he said. “Reflectors the one pushing Sommerfeldt to reflect on his recent surgery and radiation treatments for a brain tumor. They have talked through his illness, she said, and she wants him to reflect on how his views on service have evolved as the result of his cancer. Sommerfeldt, who returned to Our Daily Bread the day after he got the Founded in 1995 by Fr. go-ahead from his doctor, has agreed Jim Conroy, SJ, and the late to do this although he says, while it Fr. Charles Costello, SJ, the has heightened his understanding ofFr. James Martin, SJ, and Barbara Lee Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) his mortality, “half the time I have to differs from other volunteerdo ‘reflect’ back people’s experiences organizations in that it combinesof God, to help them see God’s presence direct service with a structuredmore clearly. We warn them of possible reflection process based on thepitfalls in the spiritual life (something Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatiusthat happens less as the volunteer grows Loyola. IVC offers mature adultin his or her own understanding of men and women the opportunityprayer). Most of all, we are happy to to share their skills, professionalreflect their joy in their service to the and life experiences with organi-people of God.” zations that assist people who are For her part, Lee, 73, a former U.S. materially poor or address issuesmagistrate judge, lawyer and law profes- related to poverty. Each volunteer Ed Sommerfeldt and Sr. Catherine Gugerty, SSND is matched with a spiritual guidesor who lives in Manhattan, wonderedif “someone so young could relate to the with whom they meet monthly to remind myself I have cancer. I don’tspiritual life and the life experience of reflect on the deeper meaning of brood on it because it doesn’t do anya person old enough to be his mother. their service. good.” “God, of course, chooses the instru- IVC is headquartered in Sr. Gugerty is impressed with how Baltimore, with 16 regional offices.ments of his grace, in ways that have important reflection is in the IVC vol-nothing to do with our expectations,” unteer experience. “There are a lot ofshe added. Fr. Martin has proven to For information on how to volunteer programs out there that ensure become an IVC volunteerbe a faithful and generous companion, their volunteers are equipped to do the or reflector, contact IVC atshe said. work,” she said. “But it is so critical to 410-752-4686 or 888-831-4686 do the reflecting — for everyone.” or visit www.ivcusa.org. No time to collect dust There was “no way I was going Mary Geraldine Harrington is a freelance i writer and a member of the IVC New Englandto sit around collecting dust,” said Ed regional council. She is a graduate of theSommerfeldt, 73, a retired physics, College of the Holy Cross and a formermath and computer science professor. Jesuit Volunteer. 19
  22. 22. Wisdom of Years Celebrating 50 Years a sacrament, a homily, sometimes from decades before — ‘For your help.’ For God’s help, of course, through the priestly ministry,” Fr. Akers said. “What has become more vivid in our time,” he said, “is that priestly ministry belongs to the entire Church and its members, and that each priest is an expression of the universal ‘vocation.’ “For as the First Letter of Peter states: You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, the people of God. (1 Pet 2:5) “This extraordinary revelation, too long neglected, once again helps us to realize that the priesthood is not an occupation that separates from the faithful, but rather an expression of our universal and shared calling,” he said. Fr. Bert Akers, SJ (fourth from left) processes into ordination in Innsbruck, Austria, July 1961. “As ‘a servant of the servants of God,’ the priest responds with and for the people of God to that ‘call to come’ and that ‘mission to go forth’ from Christ our Each year, the provinces honor Jesuits marking Eternal High Priest,” he said. anniversaries of their entrance into the Society of Fr. Bert Akers, SJ, lives in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, where he Jesus and of their ordinations with celebrations. ministers to the people of God in nursing homes and a prison in This year, there are 35 Jesuits celebrating 50 years the Allentown Diocese. in the priesthood in the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces. We bring you three stories below. Fr. James C. O’Brien, SJ, has a warm smile and an obvious love for being a Jesuit and a priest. Known as Fr. Bert Akers, SJ, will mark his 50th year as a Jesuit J.C. since his days in the novitiate, he has served in many priest in July. “They’ve been 50 blessed years,” he says, ministries during his 50 years in the priesthood. “filled with a wide range of ministries in many different For more than 30 years he ministered at Xavier High, places.” Since becoming a Jesuit, Fr. Akers has been a Boston College High and Bishop Connolly High Schools student in Austria, a radio/TV producer in St. Louis, Missouri, (all in Massachusetts), teaching at all three and serving as a teacher at Georgetown Preparatory School, the Universities principal at the latter two. He also served in the provincial of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Loyola, Chicago, and a charter- office, first as socius, and later as assistant for secondary member of national Catholic and Jesuit communications education. “I worked happily in that job for a few years. associations. In later years, his priestly ministry led to I visited all the schools in the province, and the two in parishes in Ocean City, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Jamaica every winter!” Towson, Maryland. During his 10 years at the Jesuit community at Boston Asked which phase of his priestly life was most signifi- College, he organized concerts and liturgy as prefect of cant, he said that while humanly speaking each ministry Saint Mary’s Chapel. “In addition to five Masses every has its own challenges and rewards, when it comes to God’s school day, on weekends there were Filipino Masses, work and God’s will, so much is hidden from our eyes. French Masses and even Indonesian Masses. St. Mary’s “Most times you have no way of knowing how signifi- Chapel is a wonderful place for chamber music, too. cant you might have been in someone’s life. Every now We had a lot of concerts and even a series of faith-sharing and then there’s a thank you note from someone for a visit, evenings there. People from all over the city attended,20