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.”
March 14, 2019 - Fr. Robert J. Kaslyn, SJ, was called to eternal life on March 13, 2019. Fr. Kaslyn was born on April 19, 1956, in Hackensack, N.J., and entered the Society of Jesus on Feb. 20, 1975, and was ordained on June 8, 1985. He pronounced his final vows on July 31, 1997, at the College of the Holy Cross Jesuit Community Chapel, Worcester, Mass.
March 11, 2019 - Fr. Charles B. Connolly, SJ, was called to eternal life on March 9, 2019. He was born on Dec. 16, 1945 in Boston, Mass., entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1963, and was ordained on June 8, 1974. He pronounced his final vows on June 12, 1986 at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.
March 7, 2019 - In his most recent monthly prayer video, Pope Francis spoke on his March intention, Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities. "Let us pray that Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected."
Feb. 26, 2019 - The Ignatian Solidarity Network announced the first annual Ignite: A Celebration of Justice to be held on May 21, 2019, in New York City. During the evening, the Robert M. Holstein Faith Doing Justice Award will be given to Fr. James Martin, SJ, and Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ.
Feb. 22, 2019 - Fr. Richard J. Hoar, SJ, was called to eternal life on Feb. 22, 2019. Fr. Hoar was born on April 11, 1926, in Buffalo, N.Y., entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Aug. 14, 1943, and was ordained on June 16, 1956, at Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y. He pronounced his final vows on Aug. 15, 1959 in Koror, Palau.
Feb. 19, 2019 - Fr. George A. Gallarelli, SJ, was called to eternal life on Feb. 18, 2019. Fr. Gallarelli was born on Nov. 25, 1927, in Boston, Mass., entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1950, and was ordained on June 16, 1962, at Weston College, Weston, Mass. He pronounced his final vows on Aug. 15, 1965, at the Fairfield Jesuit Community, Fairfield, Conn.