Let me begin by expressing my joy and gratitude to you as I correspond for the first time as provincial of the newly-formed USA East Province of the Society of Jesus—born from the dedicated collaboration of the former Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces. Our Jesuits and colleagues in mission continue the important work of bringing people closer to God, advocating for social justice, and educating men and women for others.
In my first address to the new province on July 31, the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, I mentioned that 2020 will certainly be a year that is never forgotten. All that we are experiencing together heightens our commitment to reach out to those on the margins, to seek justice wherever there is discrimination, intolerance, poverty or neglect, and to work toward reconciliation and renewal throughout the world, our country and the Church.
Compelled by the love of Jesus Christ, we are embarking on an Ignatian year where the needs of the oppressed and marginalized will set our priorities as Jesuits. I invite you to join us as we endeavor to do the Lord’s work. These are difficult times, both economically and socially. But with Jesus as our light, there is always hope. As Jesus was so often described in the gospels as “going out to them,” let us “go out to them” as well.
It is truly my honor and privilege to serve as provincial of the USA East Province. As the second largest Jesuit province in the world, we have a unique opportunity to accomplish great things, all for the greater glory of God. I am grateful for all you do in support of our work. Please be assured that you and your family are in my prayers.