Four Jesuit novices of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces pronounced first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on August 10 in the Chapel of St. Joseph at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
The new SJ's of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus (left to right): Christopher M. Holownia, SJ, (Northeast), Brian F. Engelhart, SJ, (Maryland), Bryan P. Galligan, SJ, (Northeast), and Matthew J. Briand, SJ, (Maryland).
What has been their journey so far? It usually starts after months, if not years, of discernment, when a young man enters the Jesuit novitiate not knowing quite what to expect of the two years to come. Through this foundational time of formation, a novice learns the joys and challenges of religious life, learns new ways of praying, and over time becomes accustomed to seeing the world the way St. Ignatius invites us. Prayer, study and apostolic service all help to build a stronger relationship with Jesus – a companionship – that empowers each novice through grace and courage so that he can confidently kneel before the Eucharist and pronounce perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Once they have pronounced these vows, each Jesuit receives a special "Vow Cross," a symbol of this day that they will cherish forever.
Nov. 14, 2019 - From October 21 through the 31st, 21 men and women joined the USA Northeast Province for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage through Portugal. View photo highlights and read more about their experience.
Nov. 8, 2019 - Pope Francis recently addressed 210 participants in the congress of the 50th anniversary of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, accompanied by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Arturo Sosa SJ.
Nov. 6, 2019 - This fall, seven Jesuit high schools - Fairfield Prep, Fordham Preparatory School, Loyola School, Regis High School, Saint Joe's Prep, Saint Peter's Prep, and Xavier High School - are competing to help fill local food banks and pantries with provisions for families in need.
Nov. 5, 2019 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for Dialogue and reconciliation in the Middle East in the Church. "Today, many Christian communities, together with Jewish and Muslim communities, work here for peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East."
Nov. 4, 2019 - Fr. G. Simon Harak, SJ, died peacefully on Sun., Nov. 3, 2019. Fr. Harak was born on April 15, 1948, and entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 5, 1970. He was later ordained on June 9, 1979, in the Chapel of St. Joseph at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He pronounced his final vows on April 14, 1991.
Nov. 1, 2019 - Earlier this year, the Jesuits announced four new Universal Apostolic Preferences. One of these preferences was "To collaborate in the care of our Common Home," a call to protect the environment. To help answer this call, we will be sharing a series of monthly ecology reflections.