Fr. Michael Linden, SJ, and a Jesuit alumnae cutting a cake served at the Jesuit Friends and Alumni Mass in Amman, Jordan.
1,600+ Gather for Friends and Alumni Mass
Oct. 27, 2017 - The third annual Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday Masses took place on Oct. 21-22, gathering more than 1,600 alumni and their loved ones for liturgies and receptions held at 24 parishes and schools. The 60 graduates who attended St. Mary of Nazareth Church in Amman, Jordan, marked the first time that the program had expanded to an international location.
“This initiative began three years ago with the goal of bringing together alumni of Jesuit schools and friends of the Jesuits across the generations to rekindle their connection with us and each other,” said Fr. James Miracky, SJ, founder of the event and provincial assistant for higher education for the USA Northeast Province. “Those who attend also learn how they can keep the Jesuit spirit alive through opportunities to feed their spiritual lives and serve the local and global community.”
In all, more than 60 Jesuit institutions worldwide were represented at the masses, including a number of apostolates spanning the country well beyond the East Coast – from Jesuit High School in New Orleans and Brebeuf Jesuit Prep in Indianapolis, to Strake Jesuit in Houston and Seattle University.
At St. Mary of the Assumption-Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Benedicta Parish in Staten Island, Fr. Marc Roselli, SJ, said that those who attended received a special glimpse of the parish’s religious education program. “The 10 a.m. mass was hosted by students in the program who are in the fifth and sixth grades, who did the readings, the Prayers of the Faithful and brought up the gifts. The fourth graders did a reenactment of the gospel.”
“Reports from a number of sites tell us that the masses were inspiring and the conversations were energetic. We hope to build on this momentum and strengthen this growing tradition in the years to come,” Fr. Miracky said.
Jan. 15, 2019 - Fr. James J. Curry, SJ, was called to eternal life on Jan. 14, 2019. He was born on July 13, 1944, in New York, N.Y., entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1962, and was ordained on June 8, 1974, at Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y. He pronounced his final vows on May 31, 1984, at McQuaid Jesuit High School, Rochester, N.Y.
Jan. 14, 2019 - On Mon., Jan. 28, the Alliance for Fair Food will be holding a panel discussion at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in NYC, to explore the connection between faith and the advancement of human rights, specifically in the agricultural industry.
Jan. 9, 2019 - In his first video of 2019, Pope Francis spoke on his January intention, Young People and the Example of Mary. "Let us pray that young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world."
Jan. 7, 2019 - Fr. Lawrence E. Corcoran, SJ, was called to eternal life on Jan. 6, 2019. He was born on July 27, 1932, in Brookline, Mass., entered the Society of Jesus at Shadowbrook, Lenox, Mass., on July 30, 1950, and was ordained on June 15, 1963, at Weston College in Weston, Mass. He pronounced his final vows on Nov. 6, 1970.
Jan. 4, 2019 - Fr. Wayne P. Tkel, SJ was called to eternal life on Jan. 1, 2019, on the island of Peleliu in Palau. He was born on Sept. 3, 1963, in Koror, Palau, entered the Society of Jesus in 1990 at the Manresa Jesuit Novitiate in Koror, Palau, and was ordained on June 22, 2002, in Koror, Palau. He pronounced his final vows in 2009, also in Koror, Palau.