Sept. 8, 2016 - Fr. James Smith, SJ, died on Sept. 7, 2016. He was 86 years old. Fr. Smith was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on April 26, 1930. He was the son of Frederick and Katherine (Gorman) Smith. He attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse from 1947 to 1949, when he entered the Jesuits at St. Andrew-on-Hudson in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
From 1955-1956, he taught math at Canisius High School in Buffalo, and then studied math at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He began theology at Woodstock College in Maryland in 1959 and was ordained on June 20, 1962, at Canisius College. He pronounced his final vows on Aug. 15, 1966.
In 1964, Fr. Smith began his career at Le Moyne College in Syracuse for over 40 years. He taught math until 1970 and again from 1971-1975. (He had a brief sabbatical in Eugene, Ore., from 1970-1971.) From 1976-1977 he was vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. He became vice president of the college and continued as dean of faculty through 1979. He then taught math at John Carroll University for one year and returned to Le Moyne College in 1980.
After a sabbatical at the University of Kentucky and Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1982-1983, Fr. Smith resumed teaching math and computer science at Le Moyne from 1983-1990. After a sabbatical at McQuaid Jesuit High School, he resumed teaching computer science at Le Moyne from 1991-1992.
In 1992 he became minister and community treasurer at St. Andrew Hall. He returned to Le Moyne in 1997 and served as minister, retreat minister, spiritual director, community treasurer and guestmaster until 2005.
In 2005, the board of trustees conferred on Fr. Smith a bachelor degree. As one Le Moyne College Jesuit recently remaked, Fr. Smith would joke that it took him 58 years to earn his degree from Le Moyne. That same year, Fr. Smith became associate pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in New York City and from 2007-2008 was assistant to the rector and spiritual director of Ciszek Hall in the Bronx.
In 2008, he returned to Syracuse as a pastoral minister. In 2013, he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx until his death.
Sun., Sept. 11, 2016
3:00-5:00 & 7:00-8:30 PM (Prayer Service at 7:00 PM)
Murray-Weigel Hall Chapel
515 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016
Murray-Weigel Hall Chapel
Bronx, NY 10458
Sept. 13, 2017 - Fr. Richard D. Bertrand, SJ, was called to eternal life on Sept. 11, 2017. Fr. Bertrand was born on Nov. 28,1947, in Biddeford, Maine, and entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1966. He was ordained to the priesthood on Nov. 10, 1979. He pronounced his Final Vows on June 19, 1992.
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.