Charles Frederico, SJ, is the Vocation Director for the Maryland / New England / New York Provinces of the Society of Jesus. He responds to the question of whether there is a “Pope Francis effect” increasing vocations. He says, “It is difficult to ascertain cause and effect with any certainty, but our vocations office has noticed two exciting trends since the election of our pope.” The first is that Jesuits are more aware and vocal […]
“Authentic faith always implies a profound desire to change the world. Here is the question we should ask ourselves: do we also have great visions and dash? Are we also daring? Does our dream fly high?” These were several of the questions Pope Francis asked last week in his homily during Mass for the feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. The full text of the homily is available from Zenit. America Magazine has […]
Pope Francis will celebrate Mass at the Church of the Gesù in Rome on January 3, 2014, the titular feast of the Society of Jesus. This will also be a time for thanksgiving for the canonization of Peter Faber. The Jesuits have set up a site for live viewing of the Mass here. Rome time for the Mass is 8:50 a.m. See what time that is for you here.
A recent article in the Los Angeles Times draws attention to the Cristo Rey network of high schools. There are 25 Cristo Rey schools in 17 states. All of them serve only economically disadvantaged students. All of them feature an innovative work-study program that is a large component of the schools’ financing. Many of the schools are Jesuit high schools, and the original Cristo Rey school was developed under Jesuit sponsorship and direction in Chicago.
Pope Francis is certainly full of surprises. His words on July 31, the Feast of St. Ignatius, are a good example. Ignatius’s feast is an occasion to celebrate all things Ignatian. Jesuits recall their founder’s vision and the way the Society has sustained it for five centuries. They recommit themselves to their mission. They have parties. I had a notion that the first Jesuit pope would take the occasion of Ignatius’s feast to do something […]
The Ignatian Spirituality Project is a most impressive ministry–a program that brings the graces of the Spiritual Exercises to homeless people, most of whom struggle with addiction to alcohol and drugs. It operates in 20 cities and involves more than 400 lay volunteers. ISP programs address spiritual issues, but a recent study shows that participants experience long-term change measurable in improvements in employment, housing, and other empirical factors. Said executive director Tom Drexler, “we’re […]
If you ever need to explain Jesuits to non-Jesuits, you might find Fr. Jim Martin’s guide to Jesuit formation lingo helpful. I work for the Jesuits, write about them, was educated by them, and belong to a Jesuit parish. Still–I learned something from it. Do you know what “secundi” means? It’s not the pasta course.
This is a guest post by Andrij M. Hlabse, SJ, who is in Brazil for Magis and World Youth Day 2013. He’ll be sharing several reflections over the course of the events. What is MAGIS? It is a spiritual gathering for college-aged youth from around the Jesuit world in preparation for World Youth Day. World Youth Day is a pilgrimage to meet the Holy Father with its own demands and sacrifices, so why Magis? In […]
Fr. Robert VerEecke, SJ, is a Jesuit with two professions. He is both a parish pastor and a busy choreographer and teacher of dance at Boston College. After reading about the “dancing priest” on Loyola Press’s Arts and Faith series, I tracked down this wonderful video of one of his creations. It’s a Holy Week performance that centers on the dynamic between Jesus and his disciples. (Click here to watch it on Vimeo.) Knot, Not I […]
Curious about the Jesuits? Our pals at The Jesuit Post have answers for you. They’ve launched a new video series on their YouTube channel called “Ask Iggy,” which will probe the mysteries of the Society in the droll style that TJP is famous for. The first video tackles the difference between Jesuits and “regular” priests. (Yes, the Jesuits are special.) The producers of Ask Iggy want more questions. Put your questions in the comments, and […]