More than 200 Jesuits from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces gathered in the Bronx last week to take part in Province Day gatherings, to hear remarks from Fr. Robert Hussey, SJ, and Fr. John Cecero, SJ, the provincials of the two provinces, and to celebrate the ordination of six Jesuit priests.
Jesuit Fathers Brian Konzman, Keith Maczkiewicz, Patrick Nolan, Timothy O’Brien, Henry Shea, and Eric Studt were ordained at the Fordham University Church on June 9 by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. The ordination liturgy – pictured in the slideshow below – was a beautiful celebration, deeply rooted to the traditions of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Following the liturgy, hundreds of friends and family members of the new priests gathered for a reception and lunch, and for first blessings.
James Ferus, SJ, and Christopher Grodecki, SJ, performed a piano and violin duet.
As part of the June 8th Province Day Gathering, Fr. Michael Tunney, SJ, presented Ignatian Spirituality & the Arts, a showcase of Jesuit artists from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces. The presentation was an exploration of the imagination, featuring the creative work of 13 Jesuits who use different media, ranging from woodworking and photography to video and dance.
The work of each Jesuit was projected in a slideshow, while Fr. Tunney narrated written reflections each had produced, concerning spiritual insights and the creative process.Jesuit artists included James Ferus, Mark Scalese, P.S. Naumann, Rich Zanoni, Gene Geinzer, Joe Billoti, Dennis McNally, Joe Hoover, Chris Derby, Bob VerEecke and Chris Grodecki, and Fr. Tunney, who spoke briefly about his own work.
After a piano and violin duet from James Ferus, SJ, and Christopher Grodecki, SJ, Fr. George Drance, SJ, presented an adaptation of Magis Theatre’s production of *mark. The one-person theatrical performance was a gripping portrayal of the Gospel of Mark, which, during the first century, was recited to give courage to persecuted Christians.
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