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Lenten Events in Florida Allow Friends of the Jesuits to Reflect and Connect

To celebrate the beginning of Lent last month, friends and benefactors of the USA Northeast Province gathered in Palm Beach Gardens and Naples, Fl., to take part in a Lenten day of reflection offered by Fr. Mark Luedtke, SJ, and Fr. Michael Rossmann, SJ.

 

In their reflections, Fr. Luedtke and Fr. Rossmann spoke about how Lent is a spiritual journey, our own wandering in the desert, facing our temptations and turning to God. A special service took place at the Naples event on March 6 that included the distribution of ashes to mark Ash Wednesday.


Fr. James Keenan, SJ, Director of Donor Relations for the USA Northeast Province, helped distribute ashes.

These events were organized by the USA Midwest Province, but those with strong ties to the Jesuits and Jesuit works on the East Coast filled the room as well. Those gathered included graduates of East Coast Jesuit high schools, colleges and universities; former parishioners from the Northeast, including friends and family members.


Provincial Assistant for Advancement and Communications, James Skurka (second from left), and Provincial, Fr. John Cecero, SJ, pause for a photo with some good friends of the province.

On the morning following the Naples event, a small breakfast was held to allow a more intimate gathering where folks who originated from the Northeast could meet the Provincial, Fr. John Cecero, SJ, and hear him speak on Jesuit mission, updates around the province and to answer their questions. It was a wonderful way for everyone to network together as well and form new friendships.


Father Provincial, John Cecero, SJ, speaks with Florida residents with roots in the Northeast.

“These events provide a perfect opportunity for East Coast friends and benefactors to connect with one another through prayer and Jesuit spirituality,” said James Skurka, Provincial Assistant for Advancement and Communications. “It was a special opportunity for those at our Naples event to meet our Provincial, Fr. Cecero, and engage with him on all that the Jesuits are doing here and abroad.”

If you would like information on future events such as these, please contact Jim Skurka at jskurka@Jesuits.org.





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