We are excited to announce that the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus will be leading a pilgrimage to Portugal! In earlier centuries, the Portuguese were one of the greatest European powers. This is the home of Vasco de Gama who opened the empire’s trade routes to the spice treasures of India; and Magellan who led the first circumnavigation of the globe. The country’s cosmopolitan capital, Lisbon, on the broad estuary of the Tagus, is one of the most strikingly situated cities in the world.
Our pilgrimage starts in the spiritual epicenter of Portugal, the Marian Shrine of Fatima in its 102nd year of inspiration. Our itinerary gives us the chance to experience the rich tapestry of this diverse colorful country from the maritime gem of Porto to the deeply spiritual town of Santarem. We will taste Port at a local winery, visit the famed 14th century Santissimo Milagre Church that houses the Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem, learn about the centuries old art of artisanal tile making, cruise along the Duoro River, take in the bejeweled royal Pena Palace and much much more!!
There is a wealth of history and culture to be seen and felt in the places we will be visiting and we really look forward to the experience. Don’t miss this chance to travel with a group of people you will cherish as friends. In addition, a pilgrimage can also be a wonderful opportunity for spiritual renewal and prayer. As such, we will celebrate mass daily as a group.
Jan. 29, 2019 - As a symbol of our gratitude for our family, friends and benefactors, the Maryland, USA Northeast and Midwest Provinces are hosting Lenten days of prayer and reflection this March in Florida
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. 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.
Jan. 3, 2019 - Fr. Clarence Joseph Burby, SJ, died peacefully at Campion Center on Sat, Dec. 29, 2018, at the age of 83. Throughout his life he ministered faithfully at numerous institutions throughout the Middle East: at Baghdad College; St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon; Maison St. Paul in Damascus, Syria; Equipes Notre Dame in Aleppo, Syria; and at The Jesuit Center in Amman, Jordan.
Dec. 3, 2018 - Fr. D. James French SJ, was called to eternal life on Dec. 2, 2018. He was born on Feb. 6, 1940, in Buffalo, N.Y., entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1962, and was ordained on May 25, 1974. He pronounced his final vows at Canisius High School, Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 15, 1986.