Oct. 31, 2018 - Today, the Jesuits East Facebook page of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces surpassed 10,000 Likes. For several years, the page has offered updates from the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces, inviting followers to be part of a community of people united by a shared Ignatian identity.
When founding the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius called Jesuits and their lay colleagues to be of the world and in the world so that they could meet people where they are. While technology has changed, this mission has not.
In the years since the Jesuits East Facebook page was started, it has shared international news, including the election of the first Jesuit pope, Pope Francis, and the election of the current Jesuit Superior General, Father Arturo Sosa. It has been a place for people to find prayers when natural disasters strike or during other national and international events. It has even allowed members to remotely view photos and videos from the pivotal formation stages of Jesuits in the provinces; from their first vows, to the ordination and jubilarian Masses. Most importantly, it allows our friends to see all the good stories coming out of our Jesuit schools, universities, parishes and apostolates.
“Our social media presence on Facebook is just one of the ways that the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces continue to spread the gospel and minister to others like St. Ignatius,” said Jim Skurka, provincial assistant for advancement and communications for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces. “Jesuit educated alumni, parishioners and retreatants live throughout the world and we strive to reach them and keep them informed about the good work of the Jesuits from our regions and their lay colleagues.” People who like and follow the Facebook page come not only from the United States but also represent countries around the globe, including the Philippines, India, the United Kingdom and Nigeria.
“We are grateful to these 10,000 friends of the Society who want to stay in touch with us, become
engaged, and share news of what we do with friends and family,” said Skurka. “We hope that through our online presence we can help these men and women for others stay connected to the Jesuits, no matter where they live.”
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.