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  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 York Sharing Our Jesuit MissionSharing means St. Ignatius Loyola sent St. Francis Xavier to the East with the command,listening “Go and set the whole world on fire.” That fire of God’s love fills and moves theand learning hearts of Jesuits today just as it did for those first Jesuits. And it is through the gift of the Spiritual Exercises that we seek to enkindle a passion for God in theI really hope that Jesuits hearts of all those with whom we share our mission and ministries today.working with people can Dr. Edward Peck, executive director of the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP),relate so deeply with them (see page 12 for story on ICP), captured this effort well when he stated quitethat there is a real dialogue simply, “Part of the Jesuits’ gift to the world is sharing their mission with layof hearts between our men people.” The ICP, featured in this issue of Jesuits, is an excellent example ofand the people we serve.Dialogue helps us discover collaboration between Jesuits and our colleagues to achieve a common goal:hidden meanings in our enriching the personal spirituality of administrators, teachers and students aliketradition and opens up pos- in a way that motivates them to pursue the establishment of a more just societysibilities of purification and in every part of our world.growth that would remain In our three provinces, similar efforts are meeting with great success throughunnoticed otherwise. The the work of Fr. James Conroy, SJ, and his colleagues in The Jesuit Collaborative.main thrust of our dialogue The Ignatian Leadership for Mission retreats, the Contemporary Leaders in Actionshould not be with ideas orsystems, but with people. two-year program of Ignatian leadership formation, and the Magis Program for layWhat really matters is men and women who work in Jesuit ministries are a few examples of how womenpeople, and in dialogue and men across many Jesuit apostolates are being invited into the experience ofwith them we come in Ignatian spirituality.touch with old and new In the area of health care, the spirit of shared mission rooted in the love of Godfears, old and new ritual is reflected in our three provinces’ health care administrators and the care that theyneeds, old and new inner ensure for our older Jesuits and those among us who are not well.liberations. And if thisis the case, then we will Finally, we rejoice and give thanks to God for the Jesuits who have most recentlyneed a far greater depth in professed final vows in the Society of Jesus. Their public profession of a lifelongour faith and a very wide commitment to the vowed life of poverty, chastity and obedience in service to thetraining so that we can be Church is testimony to their hearts on fire with the love of God.of help to those with whom As you receive this issue of Jesuits, the celebration of Easter will soon be uponwe dialogue. us. May the fire of God’s love enliven your minds and hearts with deep faith, hope— V. Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ and love for God and God’s people. General of the Society of Jesus Be assured of our prayers and best wishes for you and your families. Thank you December 21, 2010 for the many ways that you support the Jesuits and our ministries.
  3. 3. MARYLANDNEW ENGLAND About Our Cover Fr. Robert Reiser, SJ,NEW YORK president of Saint Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, walks with studentsPROVINCES outside one of the Prep buildings. Features Looking to Our Future...............................................................6 A Lifelong Commitment ...........................................................8 An Immersion in Jesuit Spirituality ........................................12 The Earth: A New Frontier ......................................................16 Jesuit On a Mission .................................................................18EditorsRev. 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 10 Page 639 East 83rd StreetNew York, NY 10028-0810212-774-5500 In Every Issuedevelopment@nysj.orgJesuits is published three times per Look for this symbol to findyear by the Maryland, New Englandand New York Provinces of the Society Province News.......................................2 more information online.of Jesus. The opinions expressed are Across Our Provinces..........................14 Visit our websites at:those of the individual writers and donot necessarily constitute the official Wisdom of Years..................................20 i MARYLAND:policy of the Society of Jesus. Focus on Faith......................................22 NEW ENGLAND:©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 Forming a Community ofBelievers and Leaders New England and New York Provinces offered their high school teachers, administrators and staffs an opportunity to share their hopes and experiences of Jesuit secondary education. The New England colloquium brought more than 350 colleagues to the College of the Holy Cross in September, — Edward Cardinal Egan and over 500 attended the New York gathering at Fordham Prep in October. Fr. Vincent Biagi, SJ, assistant to the New York provincial for middle and secondary schools and lay formation, summarized the goal of the New York colloquium in his opening remarks: “Forty years ago a group of 20 Jesuits gathered to establish the Jesuit Fr. Vincent Biagi, SJ, assistant to the New York Secondary Education Association. They Provincial for middle and secondary schools put forward its essential nature in the and lay formation now famous Preamble that still rings true to our experiences and beliefs: This colloquium witnesses to We believe that Jesuit secondary the veracity of these prophetic words Top photo: Regents Mario Powell, SJ, education can become a dynamic means and the power of the vision of Ignatius (Cheverus High School), and of forming a community of believers in Bret Stockdale, SJ, (Fairfield Prep) and the Preamble to inspire us still.” Jesus Christ and leaders in society. If At Holy Cross, Jesuit Provincial the faculty at a Jesuit school are men Bottom photo: Nativity School Fr. Myles Sheehan opened the day Presidents Fr. John Wronski, SJ, and women whose lives are inspired by with prayer. Fr. Joseph O’Keefe, SJ, (Boston), and Matt Brunell (Worcester) the Ignatian vision, then the question dean of BC’s Lynch School of about the percentage of Jesuits on the Education, gave the opening keynote, faculty is not an overriding issue. The “The Mission and Future Challenges school will be Jesuit if the lives of its of Jesuit Catholic Education,” and teachers exemplify and communicate Fr. Edward Fassett, SJ, secretary to its students the vision of Ignatius. for secondary and pre-secondary education and partnership formation at the Jesuit Conference, celebrated “This colloquium witnesses to the power the closing liturgy. Meg Florentine, of the vision of Ignatius and the Preamble New England provincial assistant for secondary education, described the day to inspire us still.” as “a venue for the province to thank — Fr. Vincent Biagi, SJ those who minister in our schools and to provide a platform to share best practices.”2
  5. 5. N ew Leadership at Jesuit Schools Wheeling Jesuit University named Richard Beyer of Reston, Virginia, On October 16, 2010, John Hurley its first lay president. Beyer has spentwas inaugurated as the first lay president 23 years in business and has servedof Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. on university boards for 16 years.In his inaugural remarks, Dr. Hurley He took office January 2 and succeedsspoke of his vision for the college: Sr. Francis Marie Thrailkill, OSU, who“We embark on a journey, hoping for a served as interim president during thenew and deeper collaboration between search for a new president.the Society of Jesus and their lay Tony Oroszlany will begincolleagues in their work here in Buffalo. his responsibilities as the firstIt is when we take seriously our responsi- lay president of Loyola School inbility for the service of the faith and the New York City on July 1. A 1987promotion of justice that we become the graduate of Loyola, Oroszlanyleaders that our world needs. Together, has been the vice president forwe will pursue the magis, not just for the advancement and institutionalsake of the prestige or high rankings or planning at Loyola since 2004.recognition it will bring our college, He earned his BA, cum laude,but because our success will ultimately in history from Georgetownglorify God: ad majorem Dei gloriam!” Fr. Kevin Quinn, SJ, has been named University in 1991 and his MBA, the next president of the University of magna cum laude, in finance & Scranton. He succeeds Fr. Scott Pilarz, management in 2000 from Fordham SJ, who will become the next president University. He succeeds Fr. Stephen of Marquette University in the summer Katsouros, SJ, who will become of 2011. Fr. Quinn is currently executive the director of the Institute of director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Catholic Educational Leadership Education and a professor of law at Santa in the School of Education at the Clara University in California. University of San Francisco. New Director at CARA Fr. Thomas Gaunt, SJ, is the new executive director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. Fr. Gaunt was socius for the Jesuit Conference from 2001 to 2010. He succeeds Sr. Mary Bendyna, RSM, who served for seven years, stepping down in June. CARA is a national, nonprofit organization affiliated with Georgetown that conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church. 3
  6. 6. Parish Marks Jesuits’ 25 Years of Ministry W ith Masses, specially commissioned artwork and music, public service and social gatherings, St. Peter’s Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, will Jesuit 25th Anniversary Prayer celebrate the 25 years that Jesuits of the Maryland Province have served its Almighty, all-embracing God, We praise you for your abundant graces to us. downtown parish of 1,100 families. The festivities got under way with an opening Mass January 9 and several events the weekend of March 19–20, We come to you including the unveiling of a bronze statue of St. Ignatius Loyola and Mass — Blessed by Peter our name. May we confess our faith by feeding your sheep. for all alumni of Jesuit schools. The main anniversary Mass is set for June 26 when the winning composer of the 25th anniversary hymn will be announced. — Blessed by Benedict our founder. May we be grounded in prayer and welcome, The year’s theme, MAGIS — a Latin word meaning “more” or “greater,” as Christ, all who come to us. reflects the parish’s and the Jesuits’ mission: “To the greater glory of God.” The lay committee has also planned for programs that focus on spiritu- — Blessed by Ignatius our companion. May your glory — your shining presence — ality, on public service and on the arts. Hymns written by Jesuits will be Accompany all we do and become as a parish. used at liturgies throughout the year. Fr. Joseph Sobierajski, SJ, who had served as the pastor of St. Peter’s, has agreed to produce a piece of com- We know our sins, yet, relying on your grace, we ask to be servants of Christ’s mission, memorative pottery. Fr. Patrick Earl, SJ, the current pastor, has written an disciples sent to live again your love in the anniversary prayer that is offered near the end of every Mass. Parishioners power of our crucified and risen Lord. have also set a goal to perform 25,000 hours of community service during We ask this in the name of Jesus, the year. A commemorative publication of homilies and reflection by living and reigning among us, Jesuits on Ignatian spirituality will also be produced as well as T-shirts and through the Holy Spirit. other souvenirs. Amen. Events will be posted on the parish’s website at: Fr. Daniel Berrigan, SJ, peace activist and author, spoke at Mt. Manresa Jesuit Retreat House on Staten Island, New York, November 29 as one of the featured speakers during the year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Mt. Manresa, the first Jesuit retreat house in the country specifically for lay men and women. Fr. Berrigan’s reflection was on Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, on the 30th anniversary of her death. Fr. Berrigan’s peace message on this evening was: persevere. He cited the second chapter of Isaiah — “They shall beat their swords into plowshares” — as he reflected on Day’s long-ranging impact on himself as well as on the wider world. Each of us must think, Fr. Berrigan told the audience, that “I am going to turn swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks. I may never see the transformation myself. It makes no difference. I shall do it. I shall do it.” Fred Herron, interim executive director of Mt. Manresa, called the evening “a little moment in history.” Fred Herron with Fr. Daniel Berrigan, SJ4
  7. 7. Visiting the Middle East D uring January, New England Provincial Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, and Fr. Michael Linden, SJ, provincial assistant for international, pastoral and social ministries, visited with the communities of the Near East Province to enhance inter-province cooperation. During their travels they met with Jesuits working in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. Pictured here in Beirut are (from left): Fr. Al Hicks, SJ, superior of the Jesuits in Jordan, Fr. Michael Linden, SJ, Fr. Martin McDermott, SJ, Episcopal vicar for Afro-Asian migrants in Beirut, Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, former Superior General of the Society, Mr. Dan Corrou, SJ, a scholastic from New England, Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, and Fr. Victor Assouad, SJ, provincial of the Near East.Stay Connected with Jesuit NewsThis issue of Jesuits magazine is only one way to keep connected with the good news about Jesuitsand our lay colleagues in the three provinces. For more frequent updates, we encourage you to visitour websites, stay connected on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and read our blogs.Become a fan of Maryland Province Jesuits, New England Jesuits, the Jesuit Connection and theJesuit Conference USA on Facebook. Follow Maryland Jesuits, Jesuit New England and JesuitNewson Twitter. Watch Jesuits New England, NationalJesuitNews and Jesuits Revealed channels onYouTube. Visit the National Jesuit News blog for stories, videos and a list of Jesuit bloggers. Signup to receive periodical e-news from the provinces and the National Jesuit e-news.Please send your suggestions, comments and ideas to the communications team:Mary K. Tilghman, Maryland Province,; Alice Poltorick, New EnglandProvince,; Fr. John Garvey, SJ, New York Province, for the next issue of Jesuits magazine this summer. 5
  8. 8. Looking to Our Future Continuing to Move Forward By Fr. John Garvey, SJ Fr. Vincent Cooke, SJ, has been a key figure in Jesuit administration since 1976, first as vice-provincial for higher education, and then, from 1978 to 1984, as provincial of the New York Province. He returned to the classroom as a professor of philosophy at Fordham for six years, and then served as executive vice president for academic affairs at John Carroll University in Ohio. Fr. Cooke became president of assistant to the New York provincial Canisius College in Buffalo in 1993. for higher education and to coordinate “He emerged as a leader among Jesuit the reconfiguration of the three Jesuit university presidents when he began provinces of Maryland, New England Strengthening an honest dialogue about what it means to be an American, Catholic, Jesuit and New York into a new East Coast province. Similar province unions are existing ministries university in 21st-century America,” occurring across the Jesuit map of the says Fr. Joseph M. McShane, SJ, United States. The Chicago and Detroit and encouraging president of Fordham University. Provinces are now under one adminis- “The most impressive thing about tration and will soon be joined by the concern for new Vincent Cooke is that everything he Wisconsin Province. The Missouri and does, he does not do for himself but New Orleans Provinces are undergoing areas of need. for the greater glory of God.” a similar reconfiguration. Life came full circle for Fr. Cooke The implementation of plans here when he returned to the New York in Maryland, New England and New Province last September to serve as York continues to move forward. The6
  9. 9. Fr. Vincent Cook, SJ, meets with Fathers Provincial David Ciancimino, SJ, of New York,James Shea, SJ, of Maryland, and Myles Sheehan, SJ, of New England.tri-province novitiate has been a success various sectors. These include higherfor some years now. Building on the education, secondary and middlemomentum in the area of formation, schools, Jesuit formation, the care ofFr. Thomas Feely, SJ, and Fr. Richard elderly and infirm Jesuits and a varietyDeshaies, SJ, developed a model of pastoral, social and internationalthat allows for a single director of ministries. Communications andformation. Fr. Charles Frederico, SJ, Advancement personnel are alsohas assumed the responsibilities of actively engaged in assisting the “The most impressivedirector of vocations for the three process that involves nearly 1,000 thing about Vincentprovinces and has developed an Jesuits from Maine to Georgia.impressive group of interviewers, Fr. Cooke is careful to note that Cooke is that everythingadmissions boards and vocation the reconfiguration will not mean the he does, he does not dopromoters to serve well into the future. closing of schools or colleges. ThisThere has also been the development is an administrative and geographic for himself, but for theof a tri-province electronic newsletter redesign aimed at strengthening the greater glory of God. ”as well as of Jesuits, the new print talents that Jesuits and their colleaguespublication. bring to existing ministries as well — Fr. Joseph McShane, SJ The appointment of Fr. Cooke as as encouraging their energy andassistant for strategic planning is an enthusiasm to move our apostolicimportant step. It is his responsibility concern into new areas of need into move the process of reconfiguration the Church and the world of the 21stforward. Working closely with various century for the greater glory of God.provincial assistants, he will serve tofocus conversations that should lead to Fr. John Garvey, SJ, is the assistant forincreased collaboration and in a timely publications for the New York to reconfiguration within the 7
  10. 10. Formation A Lifelong Commitment The final vows of a Jesuit “It is a mystery beyond me to explain the reason I live this way, are a lifelong commitment except to share that I am in love to serving God and the with God, and I desire to live in Church as a member of the union with Christ. If it is not ultimately for love that Society of Jesus. we live, then I do not know what is A Jesuit pledges, with the grace worth living for. I cannot deny that of God, to live his vows of poverty, this love is at the center of my life. chastity and obedience rather than to This is nothing I could have chosen pursue wealth, popularity and power on my own, not without God’s help. as the goals of his life. I am very aware of my imperfections. Fr. David McCallum, SJ, works I have uncertainties and ambiva- at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, lence like anyone. And yet, as Ignatius and all of New York, as special assistant to the those who have experienced the president for strategic development grace of the Spiritual Exercises and leadership in the division of know, we are God’s beloved, even management. In the homily at his as we are, mortal, messy, and final vows Mass in the college imperfect. chapel, he expressed the meaning It is only by grace that I have of the vows this way: found the meaning and the joy of my life in surrendering to this love and in serving others as a Jesuit. ” Fr. David McCallum, SJ Fr. Jim Fleming, SJ, kneeling with Fr. Provincial Myles A talented musician, Fr. William Sheehan, SJ, on left and Fr. Bryan O’Donnell, SJ, on Clark, SJ, performed Take Lord, the right in the Wheeling Jesuit University’s Chapel of Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ, poses with his sister, Susan, Receive after professing final vows. Mary and Joseph. her husband, Nick, and daughters, Teigan and Brigid.8
  11. 11. In addition to Fr. McCallum, from Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ, professed “It is only by grace September through January, seven his final vows at Ave Maria University, Jesuits of the Maryland, New England Florida, where he is an associate dean of that I have found and New York Provinces professed the pre-theologate as well as an adjunct the meaning and final vows. professor of philosophy. Fr. Dean Fr. Brian Frain, SJ, faculty chaplain, Bechard, SJ, is a professor of Scripture the joy of my life in teaches religion and serves as superior at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in surrendering to this of the Jesuit community at McQuaid Rome. Fr. Adelmo Dunghe, SJ, is a Jesuit School in Rochester, New York. professor of theology at Le Moyne love and in serving Fr. James J. Fleming, SJ, a native of the College and Fr. Christopher Cullen, SJ, others as a Jesuit.” Boston area, was appointed Wheeling is a professor of philosophy at Fordham Jesuit University’s first leader of University in Bronx, New York, and — Fr. David McCallum, SJ mission and identity last spring, and also serves as the director of the First Fr. William A. Clark, SJ, is a professor Studies program for Jesuits in formation. of religious studies at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts.Celebrant Fr. John Savard, SJ, rector of the Jesuit Community at the College of the Holy Cross, with Fr. Clark, SJ.Behind the altar are brother Jesuits who concelebrated the Mass in the Mary Chapel at Holy Cross. Fr. David McCallum, SJ, professes final vows to Fr. Provincial David Ciancimino, SJ,Fr. Brian Frain, SJ, professes final vows to Fr. Provincial David Ciancimino, SJ, at McQuaid Jesuit School. at Le Moyne College. 9
  12. 12. “Nipisipisipisipicon” Is Not a Word By Ricardo Avila, SJ asked the novice master to send me Xavier High School, the site of my to a mission for my long experiment long experiment, is quintessentially because I wanted to experience abject Jesuit; it is a Catholic institution that poverty. I was certainly not expecting looks to create opportunity and inspire to be sent to a tropical island, but to the growth from the creative tensions swirl- novice master’s credit, Chuuk is chock- ing around it. Xavier provides a modern full of the creative tensions Jesuits speak education that will hopefully catapult of so fondly. It is in the middle of the students from across Micronesia into Pacific Ocean, yet its people are con- future positions of leadership, yet it stantly praying for rain, an important recognizes that tutoring the children at Ricardo Avila, SJ, and Patrick Nolan, SJ source of fresh water. Land is scarce, yet Sapuk Elementary — the struggling, local the unchecked proliferation of garbage is public school — is just as important. being allowed to ruin the very resource Xavier, it seems, has decided that the The message is clear: residents fight so hard to keep. Cell best way to mold Christian leaders is phones, hip-hop and iPods run rampant, by planting students’ feet in the world, If you wait until but running water is a luxury. Five setting their sights on the things of God conditions are perfect months after my arrival, I see that Chuuk and molding their character to face to start the journey is a manifestation of the poverty of the the journey’s many challenges. Xavier poor man that once was rich, and can’t teaches this important lesson by encour- toward the Kingdom quite figure out why he is now poor. aging students to tutor those in need, of God, you’ll never This is Chuuk and it is very Ignatian. despite Xavier’s own lack of resources. leave home.10
  13. 13. The message is clear: If you wait until 7 “‘Nipisipisipisipicon’ is not a word,”conditions are perfect to start the journey explains my Chuukese instructor, with Top right: Ricardo Avila, SJ,toward the Kingdom of God, you’ll a giggle, during a post-Mass round of reviews homework with students.never leave home. mango snacking. Her name is Rekichem; Top left: Xavier High School, Chuuk Micronesia is still mission territory she’s 11 and sharp as a tack. She callsand Xavier excels in its role as a Catholic me RicarTo and her opinion of myinstitution at the service of the Church Chuukese is that I’m as slow as a cat-in Chuuk. Xavier is located in the erpillar. A green, freshly picked mangoChuukese village of Sapuk. Its chapel and an invitation to meet her family andessentially serves as Sapuk’s parish see her home after Mass is her peacechurch. Every Sunday the Sapuk com- offering. A little while later a smallmunity (many of whom are employed by mob of smiling, Sapukian children areXavier) walks to Xavier well before Mass welcoming me into their village andto share in fellowship and prepare for offering me what little they have, withthe service. They all stay long after Mass the consent of their parents. For me,is over. Fr. Richard McAuliff, SJ, the “This is Chuuk” and I wish I couldschool’s director, usually offers Mass. repay her kindness by staying longThe shortage of priests and the long enough to get her, and all my littlecommute between parishes often results friends from Sapuk, into Xavier, forin delays of more than an hour or the they have taught me so much more thanreplacement of a scheduled Mass by an a school ever could.unscheduled communion service. All Ricardo Avila, SJ, now in First Studies, spentof this is borne with typical Chuukese his novitiate long experiment teaching atpatience and gratitude. Xavier High School in Chuuk, Micronesia. 7 Mario Tomi Subardjo, SJ, Ricardo Avila, SJ, Lin Way Mana, SJ, and Patrick Nolan, SJ, at Xavier High School, Chuuk 11
  14. 14. Education An Immersion in Jesuit Spirituality By Peter Feuerherd and Mary K. Tilghman leaders for Jesuit higher education, according to Edward J. Peck, ICP’s executive director. Soon administrators from the two coasts became interested in sending deans, vice presidents and department heads to ICP. The program became national in January 2009 and almost all of the U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities have been represented in one of three “cohorts,” spending 18 months in study, reflection and discussion. Two cohorts have completed their work; the third began in September. Sessions focus on the history of Jesuit education and the Spiritual Exercises. Participants also go on an immersion trip Group shot of one of the cohorts and design a capstone project to put their Michael Fazio, vice president for new knowledge into action. advancement at St. Peter’s College, Peck believes the program remains regularly pitches the wonders of Jesuit true to the Jesuit spirit and takes its cues education to potential donors, hoping from their formation, including the idea to attract dollars for the Jersey City of experiments “to shake up their world- college. view.” Just as young Jesuits go on immer- So why was he in El Salvador last sion trips to experience solidarity with “[ICP is] very winter talking with people in women’s those on the margins of society, the ICP organizations and worker co-ops, all arranges week-long visits to El Salvador energizing. It feels unlikely to contribute to St. Peter’s? in February and Nicaragua in June. like a gift to be a part It’s the Jesuit way, Fazio noted in a “That is an experience that we know will blog about his trip. “We are called to act help our people understand the Jesuit of it. And it feels like and act in a particular way — with an commitment of a faith that does justice,” a responsibility. It’s emphasis on justice and a preferential Peck said. option for the poor. I have spent nearly Beth Boquet, associate dean of Fair- tied to the heart of half my life in Jesuit institutions. But I field University’s College of Arts and who we are and why think now, finally, I’m starting to get it.” Sciences, said her visit to El Salvador was we are different.” That epiphany came as part of the transformative. She encountered a “faith Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP), that does justice and an emphasis on the — Mary Ann Mahin designed to immerse college and justice as much as the faith,” she said. university administrators and professors “It reminded me I need to have the courage in Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit to do justice in whatever context I have.” social justice. Jonathan Mulrooney, associate ICP began in the Midwest, when professor of English at the College of two mission and identity officers saw the the Holy Cross, wondered how he could need to prepare the next generation of connect his experiences in El Salvador12
  15. 15. with his classes in British Romantic for Ignatian spirituality. The result “ispoetry. He decided that he could bring building bridges across the school. It’sthe lessons he learned about love, death, very energizing,” said Mahin, a 30-year “This program hassuffering in El Salvador — central themes veteran at Georgetown. “It feels like ain literature, too — into the classroom. gift to be a part of it. And it feels like given me an experience“It has changed me as a teacher and a responsibility,” she said. “It’s tied to on the affective level ofmade me more attuned to the way poetry the heart of who we are and why we’re what those ideals meantries to address these questions in a way different.”that is not just academic,” he said. in lived experience.” A practical application — Jonathan MulrooneyA deeper commitment ICP has a practical application. Asto school and mission his final project, Miller led a reworking Whether participants were longtime of Loyola’s retreat program to givestaff members or brand new, they agree students a progressively more Ignatian today who are asking if Canisiusthat ICP has enabled them to deepen spirituality. The third and final retreat College can remain Catholic andtheir commitment to both their schools weekend is silent, he noted. These Jesuit. They can have a major stakeand Jesuit values. “This helps to put my retreats reach a large number of young in this,” he with students within the entire people since Loyola offers about 20 Miller said he finds he isIgnatian framework,” said George retreats a year — with some 30 to 40 now more open to other pointsMiller, assistant director of campus students participating each weekend. of view, other ways of thinking.ministry at Loyola University Maryland. Nursing students can also profit “‘Finding God in all things’ has Joe Della Posta, director of commu- from Ignatian spirituality, noted Susan really blossomed for me,” he said.nications and public affairs at LeMoyne Gennaro, dean of Boston College’sCollege, quickly saw the value of the School of Nursing since July 2008. Peter Feuerherd is director ofprogram. Noting how often he presents For her Capstone project she developed communications for the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. Mary K. Tilghmanthe college to the public, he said, “I can a program to enable BC students to learn is acting director of communicationsrecognize how important it is — what firsthand how health care is delivered in for the Maryland Province.I’m learning and what I’m going to be other countries, by traveling to placeslearning.” such as Nicaragua and Haiti or meeting Mulrooney, who serves on Holy with students from India and SingaporeCross’s mission and identity committee studying at BC.and took part in an Ignatian pilgrimage Dennis Misko is already thinkingto Spain and Rome, signed up for ICP ahead to his capstone project. Directoreven though it began during his sabbati- of special gifts at Canisius College, he’dcal. “It seemed like an extension of like to bring alumni back to campusthe pilgrimage,” he said. It offered an for the Spiritual Exercises. It’s a naturalopportunity to think about where he fit for someone who had developedin at the college, in Catholic Jesuit higher relationships with many of the school’seducation and about Jesuit education as 42,000 alumni. “We have a lot of alumnia whole — while reflecting on Ignatianvalues. “This program has given me an 7 Beth Boquet, Patrick Mizak,experience on the affective level of what Canisius Collegethose ideals mean in lived experience,”he said. For Mary Ann Mahin, GeorgetownUniversity’s vice president of humanresources, ICP was an opportunity to getout of academic “silos.” She frequently 7 Both from Fairfield: Mark Reedattends conferences with administrators and Robbin Crabtreewho share responsibilities similar tohers — but this brought together peoplewith different jobs and a similar hunger 13
  16. 16. A C R O S S O U R formation education INSPIRING OUR YOUNG MEN MISSIONING JESUITS W hen the reconfiguration of our provinces is complete, 12 of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States will be located within its East Coast borders. Of the many pre-secondary and secondary schools, nearly 20 are on the East Coast. Education continues to be a primary focus of the Jesuits, our lay partners and our works. Jesuit novices, religious and lay retreatants with staff upon completion of the 30-day retreat at Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester, Massachusetts. D uring the month of January, the first-year novices from the Maryland, New England and New York novitiate Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ, lectures at Georgetown University. experienced the graces of St. Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises, the 30-day retreat, at Eastern Point Retreat House, Gloucester, Massachusetts. They were joined by the novices of the Fr. Francis Hannafey, SJ, Chicago, Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces, whose novitiate teaches religious studies is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. at Fairfield University. 7 Mr. John Peck, SJ, assists at a local school while in the novitiate.14
  17. 17. P R O V I N C E S spirituality health care SERVING OTHERS SUPPOR TING SENIOR JESUITS E ach of the provinces has one or more health care facilities, and we will continue to use all of them as long as our Jesuit priests and brothers, because of age or illness, need special care. Every province is committed to quality health care for Jesuits — to provide for them physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. Fr. Bruce Bavinger, SJ, joins in the singing at a retreat for Latino Catholic leaders. J esuit spirituality is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The Jesuit Collaborative offers training in and opportunities for experiencing the Exercises. It also Fr. Joseph Fennell, SJ, pictured here with staff at Campion coordinates the efforts of the network of 10 retreat houses Health Center, celebrated his 100th birthday this year. from Maine to Georgia, together with our many parishes and chaplaincies, to provide opportunities — new and old — for Ignatian spirituality to grow and prosper. Mr. Kevin Spinale, a Jesuit scholastic, assists at Mass for senior Jesuits. Fr. Rocco Danzi, SJ, assists a young student with Bible study. 15
  18. 18. Ministries The Earth: A New Frontier Over the next 30 years, the solar power array is projected to save the school hundreds of thousands of dollars in electricity costs, as well as reduce “Here, with passion for environmental justice, harmful carbon dioxide emissions by almost 10 million pounds — the we shall meet once again the Spirit of God seeking equivalent of planting more than to liberate a suffering creation.” 23,000 mature trees. “Energy and its conversion into — Decree 2, General Congregation 35 usable forms is an integral part of the science curriculum at BC High. Our new solar array harnesses energy from In its decree on “Challenges to our most important natural resource, the Our Mission Today,” the Jesuits’ 35th sun, and converts it to useful electrical General Congregation in 2008 called energy with no negative impact to the for “reconciliation with creation.” environment. Our students are able to Care of the environment, it pointed out, see these benefits firsthand by studying affects the quality of our relationships the electrical output of the array in their with God, with other human beings, and physics class and will then compare it to The University of Scranton’s DeNaples with creation itself. The Congregation more traditional, nonrenewable energy Center features eco-friendly light fixtures urged all Jesuits and their partners sources. Hopefully a study of energy and toilets and a heat-absorbing roof. to promote practices focusing on the consumption and its related costs, both environment’s improvement. financial and environmental, will also Educational institutions across the place a spotlight on energy conservation,” Maryland, New England and New York said Brendan Crowley, science depart- Provinces have responded with ecological ment chairman at BC High. innovations. Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New Among the largest solar installations York, will see a reduction in its carbon in Greater Boston, Boston College footprint with the installation of a 21- High School’s 871-solar panel system kilowatt solar panel system on the roof will help power up to 40 percent of of a four-story residence hall on campus. BC High’s daily electrical needs in Over the expected 25-year life of the an environmentally responsible and system, it is estimated that the panels sustainable way. An online tracking site will save Le Moyne approximately will provide a wealth of information for $106,000. Beyond the cost savings, BC High’s science curriculum, as the solar power is a key component of local solar array will be integrated into Le Moyne’s long-term sustainability several science classes in the future. strategy to reduce its carbon footprint. The new solar roof at Boston College High School will save the school in electrical costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.16
  19. 19. A unified science center under in the city. It is made of four to eightconstruction at the University of inches of growing material and isScranton in Pennsylvania incorporates planted with native wildflowers.numerous sustainable features, including Columbia University’s Center fora design that optimizes the use of natural Climate Systems Research has installedlight, maximizes airflow efficiency in monitoring equipment to generate datalaboratories and uses a HVAC system Regis can use to expand its environ-to recirculate already heated or cooled mental science and ecology curriculum.air to save energy. The building uses There is a platform for astronomicalmaterials supplied from a 500-mile observation, an apiary for bees and anradius. This includes locally quarried herb garden that produces chive, mint,stone, used extensively in Scranton’s oregano, lavender and sage for use in Design Awards for Jesuithistoric downtown buildings. the school cafeteria. Community Center The environmentally friendly design of the Fairfield Jesuit Community Center on the Fairfield University campus balances the need for reflection among religious men with their gift for engagement and hospitality. The design has been honored by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2010 New England Design Award, and two 2010 Connecticut AIA honors: a “Building Award” and an “Encompassing Art” award for the stunning chapel inside the facility. Fr. Gilbert Sunghera, SJ, assistant professor of architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy, served as a design consultant on the project. “I have to commendThe University of Scranton’s unified science center, now under construction, incorporates numerous Fairfield University for theirsustainable features, including a plan to use materials supplied from within a 500-mile radius. willingness to undertake this project,” he said. “They were very The university’s DeNaples Center, Brian Peterson, moderator of the open to allowing a new architec-which houses the dining facilities, a environmental club and an environ- tural vocabulary to emerge for thistheater and the bookstore, has environ- mental studies teacher at the school, building, not ‘playing it safe’ inmental features that are part of the hopes students see that “we can have the traditional sense of what peopleuniversity’s sustainability initiative. a direct, immediate and beneficial expect for a house for priests.”These include night sky-friendly light impact on the environment with how Jurors from the Connecticutfixtures, green housekeeping supplies, we construct our everyday spaces.” AIA chapter cited the Jesuitsensors on everything from lights to Sophomore Matt Balik, a member Community Center with a specialtoilets and a specially designed, heat- of the environmental club, has been commendation. “The centerabsorbing roof. involved in environmental issues for reflects an intuitive connection Regis High School in Manhattan several years. “Our generation espe- between the mission of calm,is one of only a handful of schools to cially can’t ignore this issue,” he said. meditative, and community spiritinstall a green roof made of vegetation “The roof helps us be aware of the with a plan that reflects spatialand native grasses. Fr. Philip Judge, SJ, environmental effect we have and that balance between individual andpresident of Regis, decided to install the we need to be concerned about it.” communal life,” the AIA jurygreen roof because “it’s an economically commented. “The building captures To learn more about what Jesuits andand environmentally good thing to do.” partners are doing in ecology and views; the use of natural materialsThe roof is the second largest of its kind advocacy efforts visit is confident and tranquil.” 17
  20. 20. Spirituality Jesuit on a Mission By Alice Poltorick Fr. Jim Conroy, SJ, travels Q | As a Jesuit you have been a teacher, extensively up and down parish priest, retreat director and novice director and led many religious the East Coast, promoting and lay men and women through the the Spiritual Exercises Spiritual Exercises. How has that of St. Ignatius. We asked experience impacted you personally? him to sit down with us to A | One of the graces of my life as reflect on his first year as a Jesuit has been the opportunity to direct men and women in the Spiritual the executive director of Exercises. Spiritual direction, an often The Jesuit Collaborative misunderstood term, is really spiritual — to share the accomplish- conversation. God wants people to come closer. When one directs the is available online at: http://tinyurl. ments and challenges about Spiritual Exercises one has a front com/4nklvlo). The Friends of Danang this important tri-province row seat to the best show in town — are a remarkable group comprised of initiative and learn more observing the experience of how God mostly Vietnam veterans who try to about Fr. Conroy, the man transforms the lives of people. As a mend relationships between America young director I was often worried and Vietnam. Recently, they have and Jesuit priest. about what I was going to say and over focused on veterans returning from Iraq time I’ve learned that God provides the and Afghanistan and their families. experiences and I just prompt or stir. I remain committed to bringing Ignatian spirituality to those serving our country. I am directing retreats to active duty Catholic Army chaplains in San Diego and in Germany this year. After I entered the Jesuits, I always felt close to St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus. He, too, was a soldier, who during his convalescence from wounds experienced conversion. Q | What were your goals when you were appointed executive director of The Jesuit Collaborative? Fr. Conroy prays in St. Ignatius A | When the provincials of the Maryland, Church, New York City, during Q | You recently spoke in Pittsburgh New England and New York Provinces an Advent meditation. at a Friends of Danang-sponsored asked me to serve as the director of The breakfast prior to a Veterans Day Jesuit Collaborative in the fall of 2009 parade. You were awarded the Bronze to succeed Fr. Ron Mercier, SJ, they Star for service in the army in Qui Nohn. established three priorities: 1. discerning A | Yes, I served in Vietnam and wrote the future of the Spiritual Exercises; a reflection about a visit I made in 2. developing programs to assist Jesuit January 2005 for America magazine boards of directors proceed in an Ignatian (The article “A Veteran Remembers” manner; and 3. increasing resources and18
  21. 21. Promoting the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatiusproviding access to partners and process and begun training boards ofnetworks. An emerging priority is our high schools to help them proceedtraining men and women to give the in an Ignatian way. We modeled theSpiritual Exercises. training at The Jesuit Collaborative. SinceQ | Can you explain more about we are idea rich and staff small, we modeldiscerning the future of the programs and train others to expand theSpiritual Exercises? programming to other institutions.A | The Jesuit Collaborative has developed Q The Jesuit Collaborative website has |a broadly consultative and reflective three- an extensive list of resources and accessstage process to help provincials look at to partner networks. Is that part of yourthe ministry of the Spiritual Exercises. strategy?This process is designed to identify and A | A key priority for us is to continue to in to help you. (Editor’s note:strengthen existing programs, assist develop and expand effective networks Watch for an article about IVC in thewith establishing new programs and with Ignatian partners who are trained summer issue of Jesuits magazine).help determine how to deliver programs in the Spiritual Exercises. Our Ignatianto underserved populations. We want partners are our auxiliary or virtual staff Q | What does The Jesuitto make programming more visible, up taking our programs on the road and Collaborative and its successand down the East coast and in and out reaching geographical areas beyond The mean to you?of our institutions. Jesuit Collaborative’s physical location. A | There is a very real hunger for God that this ministry responds to. The Spiritual Exercises help us to “There is a very real hunger for God that this recognize the disorder in our lives ministry responds to. The Spiritual Exercises and achieve the freedom to see what is of God and the grace to choose help us to recognize the disorder in our lives in the spirit of God. The Jesuit and achieve the freedom to see what is of God Collaborative’s mission of fostering the Spiritual Exercises — providing and the grace to choose in the spirit of God.” training, formation, community- — Fr. Jim Conroy, SJ building and extending the Spiritual Exercises to more people, particu- larly underserved populations —Q | How are governing boards using Q | As a co-founder of the Ignatian is very exciting.Ignatian discernment? Volunteer Corps (IVC), you must have entrepreneurial talents. What gifts and Fr. Conroy, a native of Pittsburgh,A | At The Jesuit Collaborative, we use entered the Society in 1971 and wasthe Ignatian Examination of Conscious- graces do you use to grow The Jesuit ordained to the priesthood in 1978.ness (Examen) as the entry point to Collaborative? Fr. Conroy attended John Carrolldiscernment as our way of proceeding. A| St. Ignatius was an entrepreneur. University, Cleveland and Fordham University, New York, and he has studiedDiscernment first helps individuals, then Availability is a fundamental gift a Jesuit Ignatian spirituality at the Jesuit Schoolorganizations to identify the areas of is given, to become a man who can go of Theology in Berkeley, California.gratitude and hopefulness and the areas anywhere and do what needs to be done. He holds a master of divinity degreeof desolation, confusion and frustration. We image what can be, take reflective from Loyola University of Chicago.For example, during a meeting, if the steps back, listening to the need andgroup is trained in using Ignatian dis- responding. For more information visitcernment, it is easier to monitor where I started IVC with Charlie Costello, Spirit is moving among us, to see the SJ, (RIP), in 1995. If you have an idea,presence of grace and light or darkness. dream big, overreach then go in and fillThis past year we have developed a in around it. And be sure to invite people i 19
  22. 22. Wisdom of Years Health Care: A Jesuit province is that A Special Vocation apostolically active because members place Jesuits call home. of their communities provide transporta- tion, help with organizational activities The province nurtures men and more. through their spiritual, There is no lack of participation in educational and ministerial activities when the resident Jesuits plan formation and cares for them! The community is enlivened by them in their later years. deciding on a senior learning activity at a local community college. There have Our companions who been luncheons or field trips to local provide health care for attractions, organized with the help of Jesuits, especially senior the men themselves. I am grateful to be and infirm men, consider in a profession that has allowed me to their work a vocation. experience the joy inherent in self-giving on a very personal level; what a grace it Three of them share with is to see these men experience the same you their calling: Deirdre Banscher, RN, health care coordinator satisfaction. for the Maryland Province Deirdre Banscher, RN Health Care Coordinator for the Maryland Province The Maryland Province leadership wants to ensure ongoing good health care for senior Jesuits and enhance their quality of life. My philosophy of nursing, which emphasizes empowerment over caretaking, fits right in with the commit- ment to community life within the Society. Service to one’s own community is part of the Jesuit “mission,” and there seems to be no limit to the scope of mutual service I have observed. Jesuits’ Fr. James Joyce, SJ, superior of the Jesuit generosity to one another has really community at Murray-Weigel Hall been apparent. Men in independent living commu- nities throughout the Maryland Province have been able to remain home through bouts of illness because their brothers R ead the reflection by Kate Morency, RN, provincial volunteer to provide personal care on assistant for health care for the a temporary basis, helping them with New England Province at: dressing or eating, with bandages or Fr. Robert Lindsay, SJ, and Nancy Mulcahy, RN, director of nursing, other needs. Others who need some admire a young visitor at Campion. ongoing assistance are able to remain20
  23. 23. Fr. John Devane, SJ, Nicole Breslin and Fr. William Connolly, SJ estoration of the HolyNicole Breslin Jacqueline Perez, MD Administrator of Campion Health Assistant to the Provincial for Health Spirit Chapel at Campion Center in the New England Province Care for the New York Province Center, The Final Stage As I took my first steps into Campion, The great physician Sir William Osler On the morning of SeptemberI instantly knew it was a “special place.” wrote, “The practice of medicine is an 20, 2010, the crew began work toThere was a spirit of hope, joy and art, not a trade; a calling, not business; complete the restoration of the HolyGod’s presence. I watched as Campion a calling in which your heart will be Spirit Chapel. Over the course of 12care partners were truly doing God’s exercised equally with your head.” In weeks, pews are removed and refin-work with their own hands. I saw today’s health care environment the ished, walls and ceilings are paintedsmiles on the residents’ faces and practice of medicine as an art is a chal- and restored, masonry cleaned, newreceived welcoming hellos. At Campion lenging endeavor. I’ve found a way to lighting installed and existing light-I found a “home” that was already the practice the art and live out my call as ing refurbished, wood floors sandedway I would want a nursing home to be. assistant to the provincial for health care. and stained, and marble floors waxedI just had the privilege to run what was and buffed. Once complete, thealready a wonderful place. restored chapel will look as it did One of my first experiences with a at the official opening of Campiondying person was a cranky man of whom Center (then called Fairview andmost were afraid. He was frightened to later renamed Weston College) ondie and did not want to be alone. I sat July 31, 1926.and held his hand and often brought All is ready by Christmas Eve,him outside in the sunlight. One day, December 24, for the first Mass toI told him that everything was going to be celebrated in the restored okay. Another Jesuit witnessed this The chapel is brighter and moreencounter and said to me, “cura person- welcoming than ever — truly analis.” I soon learned that cura personalis impressive chapel and worshipping Fr. James Carney, SJ, and Dr. Jackie Perezis expressed in the human acts of giving space. The Campion community isand receiving. During my discernment process, the very grateful to all who have contrib- As the administrator of Campion “Call of the King” from the Spiritual uted in so many ways to make thisHealth Center I am privileged not only Exercises was a significant part of my renovation possible and especiallyto give to others but also to receive from prayer. God was exercising my heart to our benefactors who have beenthe Jesuits. Working at Campion is truly while my vocation as a physician was so generous to us. We pray for thema vocation to me. I see myself as a exercising my head. Now, whether I sit and their intentions at each of our“servant leader” and have been called with an elderly Jesuit at Murray-Weigel Masses. The Chapel of the Holyto continue Jesus’ mission of love and Hall or a novice at St. Andrew Hall, Spirit is once again a fitting tributehealing to senior Jesuits. I feel that the I know I am answering God’s call to to our Lord, Jesus Christ. May GodJesuits and care partners at Campion companion these men in sickness and be praised with a renewed spirit.are my extended family. This had been in health, in suffering and in healing. — By Fr. Ron Wozniak, SJ, minister at Campionmy calling for a long time, and I am at And my heart is exercised equallypeace to finally be where I belong. with my head. 21
  24. 24. Focus on Faith A Place in the Desert With Jesus By Fr. Joseph Palmisano, SJ T he United Nations reports, as recently as December 20, 2010, that there are currently “39,461 refugees and asylum seekers … registered in Egypt … with school- age children (6–18 years of age) numbering at 9,956.” I am moved by the fact that one-third of the refugees are children, and reminded of Jesus’ own flight into Egypt. Jesus knew what it meant to be a displaced person. Following Mary and Joseph’s example, Jesus may have learned during these “hidden years” the importance of sharing from what little one has with others; where the “other” Fr. Palminsano ceases to be the stranger and becomes blesses his a friend. We know from the Gospels grandmother after his that Jesus never turns his back on the ordination. foreigner or the one who is estranged from the community. advice of my doctors, the tumor is with Jesus in a “desert” of sorts so We can all claim, at some level, already showing signs of extensive that we may also share with him in “refugee status” with Jesus: There remission. the “paradise” of new life. are those places in our lives where we While I have much to thank God It is precisely through dialoguing may not feel at home with others and for, especially the good outcome of the on our concerns and desires with Jesus ourselves. It is as if we are in a foreign treatment, this experience of treatment where we may begin to feel ourselves land and rather than feeling like we are has been my Egypt. This foreign land being drawn closer to him, and the joy under the consoling power of Jesus’ of radiation tables, face masks and that comes in knowing that we are love, “heartfelt compassion, kindness, powerful drugs has left me, in many being placed, not in a barren desert, humility, gentleness, and patience” ways, feeling displaced from my very but with the resurrected Son. (Col. 3:12), we find ourselves, rather, self. I wondered if I would ever return It is attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ, in a wasteland of crosses; a land of “home” to a place of normalcy. Yet in (1907–1991), the 28th successor fear, uncertainty and displacement. the midst of feeling alone and worrying to St. Ignatius Loyola as Superior I recently underwent a 30-day about the future, I am also rediscovering General of the Jesuits (1965–1983), regime of radiation for a brain tumor. how this desert is shrinking, being the expression “Jesus is my everything!” I am 36 years old and have been a “populated” with the new life of others. Let us pray for one another during Jesuit for 12 years. I was diagnosed My brother Jesuits, my family, lay these 40 days of Lent that we may with the tumor in April 2008. The collaborators, my doctors and nurses, experience, with greater trust, Jesus as diagnosis came in Ireland, toward the my friends continue to be there for me, our everything, that we’ll take Jesus at end of the first year of doctoral studies reassuring me, like Jesus reassures his his word: “Today you will be with me. ” at Trinity College, and just two months crucified friend, “Don’t worry, have no fear, prior to ordination. The tumor is a today you will be with me in paradise!” Fr. Joseph Palmisano, SJ, was granted a Ph.D. in theology from Trinity College in Dublin in slow growth and now, after following We as a Church are being invited May 2010. He began tertianship in September. the discipline of treatment, and the during these 40 days of Lent to be22