Fr. Christopher Fronk, SJ, Spending Holy Week with Troops in Iraq
March 27, 2018 — Jesuit
Father Christopher Fronk, president of Jesuit High School of New Orleans, is
currently in Iraq for two weeks to provide services for the troops during Holy
Before coming to Jesuit High, Fr. Fronk served as a military
chaplain in the United States Navy and is now in the Navy reserves. As a
chaplain, he served in Afghanistan from 2011-2012 and has previously been to
Iraq when he spent Christmas with the troops in 2015.
Fr. Fronk celebrating Mass
in the Middle East.
Before heading out for the Middle East, Fr. Fronk left his students at Jesuit High with a challenge: Embrace the holy season. “Allow it to capture
your attention and captivate your thoughts. Grasp the beauty of Holy Week.
Don’t let this be just another spring break. Be concerned about where you will
be going to Mass on Easter Sunday as opposed to being concerned about where you
will be on the beach."
Fr. Fronk also shared his thoughts
with students as he prepared to leave. “In responding to the desire of
the troops to practice their faith during Holy Week and the military’s willingness
to send me to Iraq at considerable expense, I was struck by a contrast — the
contrast between, on the one hand, the Marine’s desire to have Catholic
services while they have so many things other things to focus their attention
on while defending our freedom, and, on the other hand, our complacency here
about this season.
“Think about this. We have incredible freedom to travel to
the parish of our choice at a variety of times. Yet, how many of us will avoid
going at all, or complain about going, or whine about being bored and not
getting anything out of it?”
On March 19, Fr. Fronk, shared a message with students and faculty before
leaving for Iraq.
Fr. Fronk also reminded students that “Christ wants us to
live in freedom and the happiness that comes from doing his will. This is the
gift of Easter. The season is supposed to draw our attention away from the
distractions so we can focus on the most important thing — responding to God in
love in the everyday circumstances of life.” [Source: Jesuit
High School of New Orleans]
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