Pictured from left to right: Fr. Sean Toole, SJ; Fr. Robert Hussey, SJ, Maryland Province provincial; Fr. John Peck, SJ; Bishop Clark; Fr. Brent Otto, SJ; Fr. John Cecero, SJ, USA Northeast Province provincial; and Fr. Dennis Baker, SJ.
Photos from the 2015 Jesuit Ordination Mass
June 18, 2015 – On June 13, the Most Reverend Matthew H. Clark, retired bishop of Rochester, N.Y., ordained Jesuits Dennis Baker, Brent Otto, John Peck, and Sean Toole to the priesthood at the Fordham University Church. They were among the 28 Jesuits ordained priests in the U.S. and Canada at ceremonies this month.
Hundreds of friends, family members, loved ones and fellow Jesuits gathered as these four men took a major step in their lives of service to the Lord. Their call to priesthood in the Society of Jesus required them to undergo extensive training — from the moment they entered the Society as novices to when they’re ordained — a process that can take anywhere from eight to twelve years.
To read biographies of this year's Jesuit ordinands, click here.
Below is a slideshow featuring highlights from the day. Photo credit: Harisch Studios.
Aug. 23, 2016 - Fr. T. Frank Kennedy, SJ, was called to eternal life on August 19, 2016 at Campion Center, in Weston, Mass. We remember with gratitude all that God has done through T. Frank’s life of service to the Church and the Society.
Aug. 12, 2016 - Martin Scorsese, director of the upcoming film Silence - a harrowing tale about Jesuits in 1640s Japan - was the keynote speaker Jesuit Province Day, held at Fordham Prep. Scorsese was interviewed by Fr. James Martin, SJ, about his faith, his religious background and what drew him to this personal project.
Aug. 10, 2016 - Fr. Solomon I. “Sam” Sara, SJ, was called to eternal life on Aug. 8, 2016, at Campion Center, Weston, Mass. Fr. Sara was born on May 1, 1930, in Mangaish, Iraq, and entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 23, 1950. He was ordained on June 15, 1963, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Weston College, Weston, Mass., and pronounced Final Vows on Aug. 15, 1966.
Aug. 9, 2016 - Nine Jesuit novices from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces will profess their first vows in the Society of Jesus on Sat., Aug. 13, 2016, at Holy Cross Church, DeWitt, N.Y. They are Henoch Derbew, Thomas Elitz, Brendan Gottschall, Justin Grosnick, Kieran Halloran, Chia-Yang “C-Y” Kao, Joseph Lorenz, Jonathan Pennacchia and Nathan Sparks.
August 9, 2016 - In his eighth Apostleship of Prayer video, Pope Francis speaks on his prayer intention of Sports. “Sports make it possible to build a culture of encounter among everyone for a world of peace,” says Pope Francis at the beginning of the video. “I dream of sports as the practice of human dignity, turned into a vehicle of fraternity.”