Remembering Jesuit Father William McCurdy, Student Counselor and Campus Minister
March 4, 2016 - Father William McCurdy, S.J., died on February 28, 2016, at Murray-Weigel Hall in Bronx, New York. He was 85 years old.
Fr. McCurdy was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 13, 1930. He was the son of Walter and Irene (McDonnell) McCurdy. He attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans and graduated from Brooklyn Prep and then St. John's University in 1947. Fr. McCurdy entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew on Hudson in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1948. He studied philosophy at Bellarmine College in Plattsburg, N.Y. from 1952-1955.
From 1955-1958, Fr. McCurdy was a teacher of Latin, English and speech at Brooklyn Prep. He then studied theology at Woodstock College in Maryland from 1958-1962. In 1963, Fr. McCurdy became director of vocations for the New York Province and assistant director of JSMB (Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau) at Loyola Residence on 83rd Street. He became a student counselor at Canisius High School in Buffalo, N.Y., from 1968-1980, took a year sabbatical, and then resumed his position until 1988.
From 1989-1996, Fr. McCurdy became campus minister at Canisius College. He then became superior at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, N.Y., until 2002. After a short sabbatical, Fr. McCurdy became faculty chaplain at Canisius Jesuit Community until 2011 when he became pastoral minister and assistant to the minister through 2013. In 2014, he became house confessor.
He spent the remainder of his life at Murray-Weigel Hall where he continued his community ministry and was missioned to the work of praying for the Church and the Society.
The wake is on Friday, March 4, from 3-5 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Murray-Weigel Hall Chapel in the Bronx. The Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, March 5, at 11:30 a.m. at the MurrayWeigel Hall Chapel, followed by the burial at the Jesuit Cemetery in Auriesville, N.Y.
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Sept. 13, 2017 - Mr. Brian P. Maher was installed as the 7th president of Nativity Preparatory School during the Mass of the Holy Spirit held at the beginning of the year. Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, officially missioned Mr. Maher to be the director of the work.
Sept. 5, 2017 - Fr. John P. Bucki, SJ, was called to eternal life on Sept. 2, 2017, at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. Fr. Bucki was born on Jan. 12, 1950, in Buffalo, N.Y., and entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 25, 1968. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1979. He pronounced his Final Vows on Dec. 12, 1995, at the Xavier Jesuit Community, New York, N.Y.
Today, Sept. 1, marks the official kickoff of the second year of the Ignatian Carbon Challenge. Redesigned for its second year, the Ignatian Carbon Challenge provides new dynamic opportunities to make more sustainable choices that create healthier individuals, communities, and a healthier planet. Through a series of monthly individual challenges, students learn about climate change and appropriate, concrete methods for living more sustainable lives. These challenges are designed to be woven into a variety of school settings, including classrooms, clubs, and formation and justice events and programs. Each challenge has two steps-one offering opportunities for personal change for increased sustainability, the second adding an interpersonal element to promote dialogue and collaboration.
July 31, 2017 - Br. Louis N. Mauro, SJ, was called to eternal life on July 28, 2017. Br. Mauro was born on Jan. 8, 1942, and entered the Society of Jesus on Aug.14, 1961 He was ordained to the diaconate on Oct. 17, 1982. He pronounced his final vows on Aug. 15, 1978.
July 14, 2017 - Free, online access to numerous scholarly publications and sources in the Jesuit Studies field is now available, thanks to a project of the Boston College Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. The Portal to Jesuit Studies is meant to serve as a "Jesuit Google," strengthening the institute's efforts to serve as a resource on the history, spirituality, and pedagogy of the Society of Jesus.