It was an evening that celebrated lay collaboration and the Ignatian spirit of magis – alive at every Jesuit work and in the lives of the 900 people gathered at the 2016 Jesuit GALA.
Jesuits and friends of the Society are still celebrating the success of the evening, which took place on April 28 and raised more than $1.2 million to provide vital support for Jesuit ministries and the work of the USA Northeast Province. The evening provided a special opportunity to highlight magis – choosing the greater good in all we do - and to recognize Gloria and Chuck Clough, who were presented with the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award.
Gloria and Chuck have devoted decades of their lives to serving others. As an ordained deacon at Holy Family Parish in Concord, Mass., Chuck was inspired by the Jesuits he encountered at Boston College and has served as a trustee of the college since 1993. Gloria, herself a graduate of Weston Jesuit School of Theology, started her career as a pediatric nurse and went on to establish the first chaplaincy program at Emerson Hospital.
“Gloria and Chuck embody the core Jesuit value of magis – which means, greater – striving always to give greater service, greater thanks and greater love,” said Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province.
Additional highlights included remarks by Cathy and Sean O’Neil, and Darlene Jordan, GALA chairs present that evening, and recognition of Fr. Louis Grenier, SJ, who, this year, marked 80 years of service as a Jesuit.
“If Ignatius could see how the small company he founded nearly 500 years ago – this minima compania – and its efforts to respond to the call of Christ would flourish through the work of so many Jesuits and lay partners, he would very likely be overwhelmed with gratitude,” said Fr. Cecero.
Fr. Cecero urged those gathered to take part in Jesuit ministries that are thriving and engaging people of all ages. “By being here tonight, you are an inspiration to us Jesuits. Your presence encourages us and our commitment to the mission. You may be here because of the Jesuits you first encountered at some formative point in your life, but we are relying on you to inspire others by living out the Ignatian value of magis, serving the greater good for the greater glory of God.”