Celebrating Our Five Newest Jesuit Priests

Model your life on the mystery of the Lord’s cross.

- Rite of Ordination

Dear Friends,

The words above are often included in our annual Ordination materials because they aptly convey the core mission of our newly ordained priests—to model their lives on the love of our Savior’s cross and to proclaim that love to everyone they serve.

Earlier this summer, the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces ordained five Jesuit scholastics to the priesthood. Pictured from left to right are Ricardo Ávila Natividad, SJ; Christopher Grodecki, SJ; Vincent Marchionni, SJ; Richard Nichols, SJ; and Adam Rosinski, SJ.

In the face of the considerable challenges facing the Church and our world today, these men are chosen to serve as beacons of hope. Having completed a rigorous ten-year formation program, they now go forth as Jesuit priests to serve the people of God and to minister wherever the need is greatest—to model their lives on the mystery of the Lord’s cross.

Our two East Coast provinces have more than 40 men currently in formation, faithfully pursuing their own path to the priesthood. The Church needs good, spirit-filled priests now more than ever. We humbly ask for your prayers and support for these Jesuits who have answered the call of the Holy Spirit to dedicate their lives to God and to others. Please be assured of our gratitude for your generous support and our continued prayers for God’s abundant blessings upon you.

Thank you,

Recent News

Aug. 5, 2019 - Br. Sebastian Boccabella, SJ, was called to eternal life on Aug. 4, 2019, at Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, N.Y. He was born on Sept. 4, 1931, and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on July 14, 1950. He pronounced his final vows on Feb. 2, 1962, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

May 13, 2019 - Fr. Paul J. Dugan SJ, was called to eternal life on May 11, 2019. He was born on March 20, 1924, in Buffalo, N.Y., entered the Society of Jesus on June 20, 1943, and was ordained on June 16, 1956, at Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y. He pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1959, at McQuaid Jesuit High School, Rochester, N.Y.

April 25, 2019 - Fr. Mallick J. Fitzpatrick, SJ, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 24, at Murray-Weigel Hall. He was 89 years old.

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