Jesuits Magazine Summer 2016

 
Dear Friends,

There are countless faith-based ministries and organizations that provide support for a myriad of humanitarian needs. It is good to see so many programs reaching out to those longing for physical and spiritual help. But what is it that stands out about Jesuit ministries among these many good efforts? What is it that makes our Jesuit schools, parishes and ministries so renowned for caring for those living on the margins? The answer can be explained in just one word—accompaniment. Jesuits and our lay colleagues go far beyond providing educational, pastoral and charitable aid to people on the peripheries. We make it our mission to accompany them on their journey, to literally meet them where they are, offering compassion, respect and companionship that transcend physical or spiritual needs.

In his book entitled The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis writes, “Every time I go through the gates into a prison to celebrate Mass or for a visit, I always think: why them and not me? I should be here. I deserve to be here. Their fall could have been mine. I do not feel superior to the people who stand before me. And so I repeat and pray: why him and not me? It might seem shocking, but I derive consolation from Peter: he betrayed Jesus, and even so he was chosen.”

This is what accompaniment is all about—meeting our brothers and sisters wherever they are in their chaotic lives and giving them the hope and support that Christ calls us to share. The poor, the sick, the forgotten, the imprisoned; our spirituality speaks to anyone who longs for not only a helping hand but a compassionate shoulder as well.

In this summer issue of JESUITS magazine, we have compiled several stories devoted to ways in which the Maryland and USA Northeast Province Jesuits accompany those facing difficult struggles within our communities. As our greatest example, Jesus never hesitated to stop and spend time with society’s outcasts. He ate with them. He traveled with them. He healed them. He entered into the chaos of their lives—and of our lives—even unto death.

Sincerely in Christ,


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Table of Contents

New Appointments and Leadership

The Fr. Daniel J. Berrigan, SJ, Jesuit Peacemaking Fund  

Society Welcomes New Jesuit Priests

Jesuits Gather for Province Day Celebrations

A Spirituality of Accompaniment

When Words Fail Grace Abounds

Walking with Nativity Students

In Their Own Words...

Immersing in the Gritty Reality of the World

Releasing Hearts from Behind Bars

Excitement builds for GC-36

The Pilgrimage

Jesuit GALA Honors Gloria and Chuck Clough

Praying Through the Passion at Calvary



New Appointments and Leadership
The Fr. Daniel J. Berrigan, SJ, Jesuit Peacemaking Fund

Society Welcomes New Jesuit Priests
Martin Scorsese Joins Fr. James Martin, SJ, as Jesuits Gather for Province Day

A Spirituality of Accompaniment
When Words Fail Grace Abounds

Walking with Nativity Students
In Their Own Words...

Immersing in the Gritty Reality of the World
Releasing Hearts from Behind Bars

Excitement builds for GC-36
The Pilgrimage

Jesuit GALA Honors Gloria and Chuck Clough
Praying Through the Passion at Calvary










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