A Ministry Of Presence

The moral theologian Fr. James F. Keenan, SJ, defines mercy as the willingness to enter into the chaos of another. During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, this insight inspired Jesuits and their colleagues to bear even stronger witness to God’s presence.

First-year Jesuit novices expand their spirituality and spend time in contemplation and prayer as they minister to the sick and dying at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. The novices work closely with hospital staff and other religious to provide spiritual and emotional support to residents, while residing at Murray-Weigel Hall, the Jesuit senior health care community adjacent to Fordham University. 

The USA Northeast Province supports two Jesuit health care communities – Campion Center in Weston, Mass., and Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx. Here, Jesuits in need of specialized medical care are treated by skilled professionals; others enjoy an assisted living environment, surrounded by fellow Jesuits, devoted staff members and volunteers from parishes and universities. Above are images of the Jesuits who live at Campion Center and Murray-Weigel Hall, with some of the volunteers and staff who accompany them.


THRIVE for Life is an Ignatian prison project founded by Zach Presutti, SJ, of the USA Northeast Province. THRIVE for Life offers the Spiritual Exercises to detainees in six correctional facilities throughout the metropolitan area and provides life skills training at the newly established THRIVE Learning Center at the Manhattan Detention Center. THRIVE for Life will soon be its own 501 (c)(3) organization in collaboration and partnership with several Jesuit schools and parishes in New York City. More information on THRIVE for Life can be found at www.ThriveforLife.org.

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