Back to School for Nativity Miguel is focus of One Jesuit Buffalo Alumni Service Day
Aug 28, 2017 - Armed with floor scrubbers, mops, gallons of soapy
water, window cleaner and rolls of paper towels, members of One Jesuit
Buffalo Alumni spent two days insuring that students at St. Monica’s
school will have a bright campus when they begin classes in September.
Thirty volunteers from the Jesuit alumni
group participated in the service project for the young womens’
campus of NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo located in St. Lawrence
Parish. Dan Blake and John Tomczak coordinated the extensive cleaning plan
with Nancy Langer, president of NativityMiguel, with a special focus
on the more challenging jobs such as floor refinishing. Equipment and supplies
were generously donated by supporters of the OJB project for the school.
Volunteers gathered early on the morning of Sat.,
Aug. 26, for a tailgate breakfast followed by a Prayer Service with an Ignatian
Examen led by Fr. Fred Betti, SJ, of St. Michael’s Jesuit Church.
Classrooms, halls, staircases and the student commons were all given a
thorough make over by the bucket brigades
of cheerful workers. Volunteers who scrubbed to the
finale enjoyed lunch to close the day. The service group
was made up of a very diverse range of ages, school affiliations and
careers. OJB also has an international connection with the membership of
Viktor Polya, an alumnus of St. Ignatius College in Budapest, Hungary, who is studying
One Jesuit Buffalo was formed in 2016 to unite the many
alumni of Jesuit schools and their families living in the region. Their focus
is to offer programs of Ignatian spiritual formation, community service
projects and social events to foster unity and communication. The group
held a two-day cleaning service project at NativityMiguel’s other campus,
St. Augustine, last April during Easter recess. For more information checkOneJesuitBuffalo on Facebook.
March 6, 2018 - Fr. James W. O’Neil, SJ, was called to eternal life at the age of 96 on March, 3 2018. Fr. O’Neil was born on April 12, 1921, and entered the Society of Jesus on Dec. 2, 1947. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1957, and pronounced his Final Vows on June 2, 1989. He was the oldest member of the province.
March 5, 2018 - In his March prayer video, Pope Francis spoke on his intention of spiritual discernment. “Every Christian ought to grow in the ability to ‘read within’ his or her life, and to understand where and to what he or she is being called by the Lord, in order to carry on his mission,” said Pope Francis.
Feb. 28, 2018 - Fr. Donald J. Keefe, SJ, was called to eternal life on Feb. 27, 2018, at Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, N.Y. He was born on July 14, 1924, entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Sept. 7, 1953, and was ordained on June 20, 1962, at Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y. He pronounced his final vows on Feb. 2, 1971.