Fr. John Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province, partnered with Loyola Productions this week to share three key moments of grace he has experienced during the ongoing 36th General Congregation.
More than 200 Jesuits have been gathered in Rome for the last four weeks, electing the Jesuits’ worldwide leader, Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus, and to evaluate the mission and direction of world’s largest religious order.
Fr. Cecero spoke about the humility exuded by Fr. Adolfo Nicolás – the 30th Superior General - during and after his resignation, went on to describe the election process of Nicolás’ successor and reflected on the special session that took place on Oct. 24, when Pope Francis visited the delegates.
“Pope Francis fielded questions spontaneously from us for over an hour…and [these were] really questions about our life,” Fr. Cecero said. “He emphasized discernment, so in the wake of his visit we are spending these days trying to think about how what he said will inform what we say to the whole Society, which I find is a great confirmation of the direction that I am hoping to go in our province and, I think, throughout the Society. It’s a very consoling time, and I’m very happy to be here.”
Feb. 6, 2017 - Jamaica Magis Service Trip aims to provide Boston College students an opportunity to live and serve in solidarity with the people in Kingston, Jamaica, who have faced social, political, and economic oppression.
Feb. 3, 2017 - In his second prayer video of 2017, Pope Francis spoke on his intention of welcoming the needy. “Pray with me for all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.”
Jan. 26, 2017 - A special Mass was held at Loyola Jesuit Center, a sacred space for spiritual growth and prayer in Morristown, N.J., on Jan. 18, to re-dedicate and consecrate the newly renovated Christ the Priest Chapel in loving memory of Joseph Brian Moran and Joseph Brian Moran II.
Jan. 24, 2017 - St. Peter’s University was one of 12 Jesuit institutions across the East coast praying for immigrants and other vulnerable communities on Jan. 19, the eve of President Trump’s inauguration. For St. Peter’s University, this prayer vigil was the first of three days spent lifting up their beloved community which includes so many immigrant students.
Jan. 19, 2017 - Fr. George Collins, SJ, will complete his tenure as president of Cheverus High School on June 30, 2017, to return to pastoral spiritual ministry. Fr. Robert Pecoraro, SJ, has been selected to serve as the interim president as the board of trustees conducts a national search for a permanent successor.