Rooted in action and deeply tied to spiritual growth, Jesuit ministries are transforming the lives of those they serve.
Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) participated in the Ignatian Family Teach In for Justice, November 7-8, 2015. A moderated panel of four CLA alumni whose capstone projects focused on immigration, capital punishment and other social justice issues spoke of how Ignatian leadership and spirituality have helped them to address important issues in their local communities. The panel was moderated by Kerry Weber (NYC 2013-15), with panelists Justin Leone (DC 2013-15), Daniel Flynn (Philly 2013-15) and Matt Fitzgibbons (DC 2013-15), representing various cities in which CLA hosts programs. Learn more about CLA at the program's new website.
In May 2016, the USA Northeast Province led a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with 15 Jesuits and friends of the Society. The trip was coordinated by Joe Naylor, assistant for advancement and communications, and included Fr. John Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province, Fr. David Marcotte, SJ, and Dan Corrou, SJ, a Jesuit scholastic, who guided participants through reflections and provided Ignatian insights along the journey. The trip spanned Petra, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho and Nazareth, and also included a visit to the Jesuit Center in Amman, Jordan, a work of the USA Northeast Province that serves refugees.
In June 2016, the Society of Jesus celebrated the ordination of 20 new priests in the United States, Canada and Haiti, including two Jesuits, Christopher Ryan and Kevin Spinale, who are members of the USA Northeast Province. Father Ryan is currently completing his S.T.L. degree at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry; Father Spinale is working at his alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross, while completing his master’s degree in English from Boston College.
Many Jesuit high schools throughout the Northeast are now offering an Emmaus retreat. Centered around the post-Resurrection story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the reflections challenge our student leaders to recognize the presence of God in those around them. Incorporating a journey theme, the activities encourage students to explore their faith journeys and reflect on how Jesus accompanied his disciples after his death.
A two-week program on Ignatian prayer in Spanish, called Oración Pascual en la Vida Diaria (Easter Prayer in Daily Life), designed by The Jesuit Collaborative’s (TJC) Hispanic Ministry was held on three consecutive Saturday mornings at St. Ignatius Parish in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Offered for the first time in 2015, the program seeks to help participants experience the graces of the resurrection – in particular a sense of “intense joy and gladness for the great glory and joy of Christ our Lord,” as Ignatius explains in his Spiritual Exercises.
In the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces, Graduate Support Programs with dedicated staff are integrated into six Nativity middle schools, providing a transformative experience that begins with enrollment and accompanies students through high school, college and beyond. More than 97% of the Jesuit Nativity graduates who started high school four years ago graduated in 2016, with nearly all enrolling in either two- or four-year colleges or universities.
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