Preparing men who are pursuing a call to become priests or brothers in the Society of Jesus is one of our most important missions. These Jesuits—these future pastors, educators and companions in mission—are following in the steps of St. Ignatius and in his desire “to give, and not count the cost.” They have chosen to dedicate their entire lives to God in service of the gospel and the Church, relying always on the grace of Christ and the support of the Society and our friends and benefactors.
Today, it costs almost $50,000 a year to support each Jesuit in formation—a process that usually takes ten or eleven years. Last year, the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces ordained five new Jesuits to the priesthood, and we will ordain four more this coming June. In August 2019, we welcomed nine novices into our novitiate, one of our largest groups in recent years.
We humbly ask for your prayers and support for these Jesuits who have answered the call of the Holy Spirit, and we pray that this Easter season will fill your heart with the joy of our Risen Lord.
Feb. 24, 2020 - Fr. Richard J. Regan, SJ, who died on Feb. 21, 2020, at Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, N.Y. Fr. Regan, SJ was born on Oct.26, 1930, in Morristown, N.J. Fr. Regan entered the Jesuits on Aug. 14, 1953, at St. Andrew-on-Hudson. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Fordham University Chapel on June 20, 1963.
Feb. 14, 2020 - Fr. Thomas L. Sheridan, SJ, was called to eternal life on Feb. 13, 2020. He was born on Dec. 17, 1926 in New York, N.Y., entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1944, and was ordained on June 22, 1957. He pronounced his final vows on Aug. 15, 1961 at Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y.
Jan. 8, 2020 - Fr. Jeffrey P. Baerwald, SJ, died Fri., Jan. 3, 2020, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. He was born on May 7, 1957, in St. Paul, Minn., entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 20, 1983 in Syracuse, N.Y., and was ordained June 10, 1989 at Fordham University. He pronounced his final vows at Santa Clara University on Feb. 23, 2008.
Dec. 26, 2019 - Fr. Daniel J. Lusch, SJ, died peacefully on December 20, 2019, around 6:40 PM at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, in Burlington, Mass. He was 86 years old. May he now be welcomed into eternal life.
Dec. 26, 2019 - Fr. Thomas V. O’Connor, SJ, was called to eternal life on Dec. 23, 2019. He was born on May 6, 1932 in Brooklyn, N.Y., entered the Society of Jesus on September 7, 1950, and was ordained on June 20, 1963. He pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1966.